The Afghan Association of Blog Writers (Afghan Penlog) overcame financial difficulty and obstacles like electricity shortages to organize the first blogging workshop in their history. The workshop was held in Kabul on April 3-4, in association with Nasim Fekrat and Masoumeh Ebrahimi [Fa], two active Afghan bloggers.
Twelve journalists, teachers and writers learned how to start a text blog, a video blog, a photo blog, and useful tips, like how to use RSS feeds.
At the end of the workshop, several blogs were created in Dari, Pashtou and English.
Fekrat said, “I am receiving lots of inquiries from Kabul University students and journalists who want to learn blogging, but financial problems remain a main obstacle.” Fekrat is already thinking of organizing a second workshop because there is more to share and teach.
Nasim Fekrat helps lead the workshop.
Nasim Fekrat says [Fa]:
This experience has been very useful. I learned a lot. Most of the people who participated in this workshop were journalists, academics, writers and others who can help revitalize our culture and intellect in Afghanistan's bored society. Organizing such a workshop has been one of my goals for a long time. Finally, thanks to Geomap and Masoumeh Ebrahimi it became a reality.
More photos can be found on Civil Movement of Afghanistan along with a report.
Manzarra who learned to blog in this workshop writes about using the internet to advance free speech and freedom of the press .
Mokhtar Pedram, a journalist, shares [Fa] his experience with us:
I was scared to come to the world of internet and blogging… Maybe it was a technical barrier. But this one and half day workshop changed my perception… It wouldn't be true to say that all my problems with the internet were solved in these two days, but I did decide to start my blog, which proves just how effective this workshop has been.
Safeh says [Fa] blogging is a new thing in Afghanistan and that academics and teachers have only just discovered it.
Zartosht writes [Fa] that such workshops may be the most important step for journalism in Afghanistan.