By the end of November Institute for Public Affairs hosted the third group of young Afghan leaders who came to Slovakia within the project „Slovakia to Afghanistan. Assisting in Building Democracy in a New State“. During their ten-days-stay the guests from Afghanistan visited several public institutions and met with their representatives, among them – National Council of the SR (where they have been hosted by Mr. Lázsló Nagy, Head of Committee for Minorities and Human Rights), Parliamentary Institute, Slovak Ministry for Foreign Affairs (they met Mr. Jozef Bandžuch, Deputy Director, Dept. of Development Aid and Humanitarian Assistance), Defense Ministry, local government in town Šamorín, District Court in Žilina as well as with the representatives of NGOs, among them: Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia, Citizen and Democracy, Community Foundation Revia, Forum Institute and Institute for Public Affairs. They visited also a high school in Petržalka and local police station in Karlova Ves. Workshops and lectures were focused on issues like democratic institutions building and sustainability, civil society, human and minority rights, role of independent media, civic campaigns and peaceful conflict management.
The participants of the third group had the possibility to attend and make presentations at the conference „Rebuilding Afghanistan“, which was co-organized by the University Library and Euro-Atlantic Center in cooperation with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and Slovak Ministry of Defence within the series of public lectures “Slovak Testimony”.
Project “Slovakia to Afghanistan. Assisting in Building Democracy in a New State“is kindly supported by Slovak Aid.
At the conference „Rebuilding Afghanistan“ - Mr. Ehsanullah Shamsulhaq speaks about the most recent topical challenges his country is facing.
LTC John R. Wallace, US Defense Attaché to Slovakia and Mr. Ismail Masoul, executive director of youth NGO in Kunduz at the conference „Rebuilding Afghanistan“.
Sightseeing of historical center of Bratislava ended at Primaciálne námestie.
Final certificates´ ceremony.
...and last group picture.