Vi­sion with Wheels

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Your ar­ti­cle “Four Wheels and a Vi­sion” was not only in­ter­est­ing but it sum­ma­rized the ac­tiv­i­ties by in­ter­na­tional NGO’s in com­mu­nity build­ing and pro­vid­ing the Afghan chil­dren with a bet­ter fu­ture. It was heart­warm­ing to read that Aus­tralian skate­boarder, Oliver Per­covich ini­ti­ated Skateis­tan in Afghanistan which has been giv­ing skate­board­ing lessons and class­room learn­ing to chil­dren since 2010. This is a ray of hope for the Afghan chil­dren as the coun­try needs to build a peace­ful so­ci­ety fol­low­ing a decade long war.

Skateis­tan’s mis­sion to ed­u­cate Afghan chil­dren who lack pro­fes­sional di­rec­tion or ca­reer coun­sel­ing is highly com­mend­able. In­ter­na­tional NGOs and com­pa­nies have pro­vided mone­tary sup­port to Skateis­tan which is a tes­ta­ment to the orig­i­nal­ity of the pro­ject. It is ev­i­dent that Afghanistan is slowly ac­cept­ing in­no­va­tion and Skateis­tan’s suc­cess ver­i­fies that the coun­try is mak­ing an ef­fort in pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren, who be­long to di­verse so­cial classes. This also re­duces class dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion and eth­nic iso­la­tion as chil­dren be­long­ing to Hazara, Uzbek, Pash­tun, and Ta­jik back­grounds at­tend the school. Such ed­u­ca­tional projects should spread across the coun­try be­cause chil­dren are Afghanistan’s fu­ture and with in­sta­bil­ity loom­ing over Afghanistan, the coun­try must pro­tect its fu­ture at all cost.

Faiza Da­wood Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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