A grassroots TEDx event, modeled after the famous TED talks project, was organized in Kabul for the second time this week. The event brought together successful academics, activists and business leaders to discuss their work, ideas and experiences in Afghanistan.
This was the second meeting of TEDx in the Afghanistan, with a focus on the improving picture in Afghanistan and reviving the Afghan people.
A number of youth leaders from different areas of the country told the audience about their struggles and how they surmounted them.
"I had two goals, one was to show the world what kind of people we are, and to make every youth believe that we can change this," said a young Afghan leader named Nesar Ahmad Bahavi, who spoke at the event.
"It's the government's task to make firm decisions so that they can be stabile, predictable and secure in the lives of the people," Institute for Afghanistan Strategic Studies Richard Qeyassi said while speaking about the future of governance in Afghanistan." "It is also governments' art, almost moral obligation, to utilize to the fullest potential of a nation's limited resources."
From politics to elections, most of the participants of this meeting discussed the progress made in the country, as well as the challenges to that progress.
"We have changed a lot - 2014 will not be 1989 and Kabul is not going to be a city under siege," the leader of the Rawand Sabz Party Amrullah Saleh said. "The discipline of our army will not fade away."
Other subjects, such as arts and culture, were also discussed.
"Today, the National Music Institute of Afghanistan has provided music opportunities for the youth," founder of the Institute Ahmad Sarmast said. "Youth attend the institute with great enthusiasm, and that shows that hope is alive here."
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