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APT was founded in 2010 by Aref Dostyar – then a young college graduate who had the vision of a peaceful, tolerant, open and progressive Afghan society, a vision which is shared by hundreds of thousands of other Afghan youths. Prior to founding APT, Dostyar had begun the journey toward his vision by organizing intercultural dialogues between Afghans and internationals in Lucknow, India, where he was working to earn his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
APT uses two social theories of change: critical thinking theory and contact theory. The ability to think critically builds an individual’s capacity to potentially challenge existing social, political, economic and cultural systems in constructive and transformative ways. In addition, contact theory stipulates that an increased contact with ‘the other’ opens channels of communication, creates shared spaces and experiences, builds the understanding of the challenges and realities of the other’s contexts, which, in turn challenges misconceptions, reduces prejudices and fosters respect towards diversity.
Since its inception, APT has worked with over 12,000 university students in partnership with more than thirty universities in Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Faizabad, and Samangan. Our goal is to take APT’s message to all 34 provinces within Afghanistan by 2030.