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Afghanistan: First blogging workshop in Kabul

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.

Afghan blogging workshop
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 at the Afghan blogging workshop
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.

Afghan blogging workshop
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.

6 comments

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  • L

    Congratulations! I have read 2 books on Afghanistan, The Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns and look forward to the advancement of your country! I am so happy that your country is “somewhat” free of the Taliban and people are able to work and learn again.
    Education is the key to everything, including peace. I pray for your country and look forward to your bright future of true jounalism. I look forward to your stories!

    L
    Canada

  • Sandra

    Hello everyone!!
    Congratulations to one and all !! The will to change and make a difference in ourselfs are the first steps towards progress and self improvement… I know you and your people must have faced a lot of hardships and suppressions, but i also belive that the ones who shake off the dust and rubble and move on in life immerge to be winners cause there is richness of experience and freedom of expression.. I pray and wish everyone the best.

  • Mir

    Great blog and I am very impressed on your effort of putting together internet and blogging workshops to our Afghan sisters and brothers.

    Mir
    http://www.arianajobs.com

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