The Afghan all-girls robotics team, which has attended many international events, recently held its own event in Herat showcasing robots designed by the team.
One robot, named “Aswa,” can be used in transferring heavyweights in factories.
“This is specially made for carrying heavyweights that a human cannot carry,” a member of the robotic team Fatima Qadrian said.
Girls from Herat schools also displayed their own robots and computer games at the exhibition.
“This robot is used for security affairs and another robot here takes 3D photos,” said Neda Amiri, a robot developer.
“The interest of girls for robotics is increasing… The ideas in this sector are developing,” said Susan Amini, a robot developer.
The organizer of the event, Digital Citizen Fund, started its activities in ten Herat schools seven years ago and has so far trained almost 14,000 students in robotics and modern technology.
“We have a bigger plan for April which will hopefully be held in Kabul where you will see bigger robots designed for agriculture and security. You will also see 3D games developed by girls,” said Roha Mahboob, a founder of the institution.
Herat officials said more efforts will be made to develop the sector.
“There is a need for more facilities. We will invest in this sector to buy their products. One part of the investment is their training,” said Herat governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi.