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Afghan youth explain problems, gains in Russia festival

Afghan youth explain problems, gains in Russia festival

Oct 15, 2017 - 17:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): A 40-member delegation from Afghanistan has shared problems the youth face in their country with the international community at the just-started World Festival of Youth and Students in Russia, an official said Sunday.

Dr. Kamal Sadaat, deputy information and culture minister for youth affairs, who is heading the Afghan youth delegation at the festival in Moscow, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that they shared problems being faced by the Afghan youth and their achievements with the international community.

Besides speaking at the conference, Sadaat said he met youth ministers and heads of delegations from different countries of the world. Australian youth affairs minister hailed the achievements of Afghan youth, particularly in the field of cricket.

Sadaat told the global community that the youth in Afghanistan constituted 73 percent of population aged up to 35 years. “This makes Afghanistan important country as far as the youth power is concerned.”

He said the youth availed more chances in the current government and some high ranking government officials were youth.

Despite challenges and problems the Afghanistan youth were able to have huge achievements and prove their mettle on various occasions, he said.

He said the Afghan youth had proved their talent in different sport games such as cricket, taikwando, football, wrestling and other games.

“The Afghan government has been investing on youth and will provide them more chances in areas of education and sports,” Sadaat told the event.

He said President Ashraf Ghani had and was still trying to expand balanced education in Afghanistan where now the rate of education level among young generation especially girls was above 60 percent and there were no barriers for continuing their education.

“First lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani did a lot of great activities on women’s rights issues and also she encouraged families to provide education facilities for their girls and allow them to go school and University.
Sadat said the Afghan government’s focus had been on the youth to help them fulfill their full potential and become an engine for socio-economic transformation of the country.

He stressed the presence of youth in government institutions, their inclusion in decision making processes and creating employment opportunities.

He cited multiple factors behind youth unemployment, with inflexible labor market creating a situation of assistance and dependency.

“This is complicated by the humanitarian situation with prolonged conflict as well as migration and refugee movement.”

To overcome all these challenges, Sadat said the youth needed to be included in national development agenda.

He said the Afghan government was striving to reform the youth employment situation through its National Strategy and placing Youth at the core of its macroeconomic policies.