Citizen Journalism Project
Kabul, July 26
Honored to welcome this genius girls. Afghanistan girls robotics team arrived here tonight. Best of luck. #afghangirl #afghanistanteam #firstglobalchallenge #robotics #womentv #womentogether #womenempowerment #womensrightsarehumanrights #equality
Posted by Afghanistan Women For Equality زنان افغانستان برای برابری on Saturday, July 15, 2017
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has congratulated the girls’ robotics team that won silver medal during international robotics competition held in the United States. Afghan girls’ robotics team, which became subject of global attention after its members were denied US visa, returned home with a silver medal of courageous achievement. Human rights groups, civil society members and politicians both in Afghanistan and US had launched a campaign to press US President Donald Trump to grant visa.
The Afghan robotics team was given visas on third attempt.
During the launch meeting with President and other senior government officials, the teenagers briefed about the hand-made robots which they had built. The President also congratulated the team manager Roya Mahboob, the coach Ali Reza Mehraban for “presenting a new image of Afghanistan to the world”.
“Afghan girls are creative and inspirational, believing in the future of their country. You are a good example of great potentiality for the rest of Afghan girls and students.” Describing the girls as groundbreakers in technology, Ghani said, “You have opened a path for others to follow.”
Ghani also supported proposals in the fields of technology and science.
During the meeting, the robotics team thanked President Ghani and government for the support and encouragement. “We are proud of being Afghans and we want to continue our studies in order to share our experiences and education with others in the future,” the Office of President quoted girls as saying.
Ghani and the First Lady had financially helped the robotics team out of their pockets so as to motivate them and contributed ex gratia assistance to the development of the Robotics Center, according to Afghanistan’s Office of President.
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Posted by Arash Yaqin on Thursday, July 20, 2017