Mr. Abdul Baset Hamid
Mr. Basit, a senior student at the English Literature Faculty of Balkh University, shares his debating experience with us:
“Life is full of memories, whether good or unpleasant. The much more beautiful of those memories are to become pleasant stories which you are willing to spread all around. One of those memorable days which I am willing to write about is the days of Afghan for Progressive Thinking organization’s debating championship. This provincial event which was held by APT has had a significant impact on my attitudes and the way that I think. Therefore, I see it as something worthy to be shared. I have been increasing my knowledge and developing my abilities since I was enrolled at university. All my knowledge and understanding were somewhat limited until two years ago, when I was introduced to APT and its became involved in their activities. I found this organization working for youth development. Development is interpreted here as being open in accepting new ideas and spreading out the culture of openness. I was really looking forward to participating in the debate championship. My first debate was fair and I had some achievements. I then continued to debate and to develop my debating skills. My partner and I finally became champions in the last tournament. Using all my skills in the last debating championship brought an acceptable result for me and I am proud of it. I am sending my best wishes to APT and to its kind coordinators and volunteers who make such beneficial events like debating championships happen. Since starting to debate, I have magnificently changed in a positive way. Now I can share my ideas and talk to my peers, teachers, and family with strong confidence.”
Ms. Marhaba Qadis
Senior student of Law and Political Science at Balkh University shares her debating experience with us:
I started going to the trainings of debating which were being set up by APT (Afghanistan for Progressive Thinking) while I was studying the 4th semester of college and while I was still thinking of my future; how it could be as I wished? How can I be admitted in beneficial parts of the society`s affairs? Tamana Farewar, my close friend and my classmate, asked to join APT’s debate trainings. As she is a well-known girl for being active in those affairs, then just I trusted her and went ahead. Now I am almost that one I was looking for.
Debating framework made my speeches hearable. We all know that the more we shorten our speeches in a short period of time and the key words, the more we`ll be able to reach our words in a good manner. Debating caused me meet different people with the different ideologies, because that helps us coordinate and communicate for a relationship. Every word we explicit will have positive comments and negative ones as well. We as human being should find this logic and let anybody to express what they want and what they need indeed. Debating logic follows this law of life and says “Each other acceptance culture will work if you want to proceed your life as fine as you wish and being rude is not the solution.” Also, standing against people or by the people to reject or accept an idea needs dare and courage. Debating rules made me say with myself let`s break the ice you made to yourself!
All in all, I confess that debating did bring lots of changes in my social life and personal life as well. Such as; understanding my speeches in a good way possible, communicating for exchanging useful information, getting known yourself to the key ranking people around you, accepting each other`s word as humans are respectable to state their needs even if it was against of ours and finally enhancing courage of public speaking. Hope this chance meet everybody to debate once and experience it.
Ms. Sahema Noori
Senior student of English Literature at Kahkashan-e-Sharq University in Herat shares her story of debating career with us:
My name is Sahema noori, and I am 24 years old. A senior student of English Literature at Kahkeshan-e-Sharq University. I think it was April 10, 2018 when first heard about APT and the programs which were held by APT. I was interested in participating, so I participated (for the first time) at APT debate program. APT has changed many things in my life. I was such a shy person who was afraid to be in contact with other people, but I can see myself a more social person.
It made me a more patient person. Now I can endure different ideas. Now it is not only me to say the right thing, there are many others with better ideas than mine. Cooperation was another thing that I got from APT family, working in groups, sharing ideas, and so on. By APT debate program, I have met many people from different fields and different universities with different viewpoints and now I can call my friends. Positive thinking and being optimistic about future of Afghanistan were the things I gained by seeing active and energetic youths of different provinces; it made me hopeful for a better Afghanistan. I am so thankful to APT for its efforts and for making this opportunity for us in order to gain and promote tolerance, openness and respect. It is a big honor to be part of APT.