Young people were given training materials in the Pachier Agam district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, where insurgent messaging is particularly intense in winter
26 JULY 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
More than a thousand young people, many of them girls, have received jobs training in key districts of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. This is part of USAID’s Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative-East, which was launched in 2009 in selected strategic locations where unemployed young people are at the receiving end of insurgent messaging. The training includes civics education, which teaches young people their rights and responsibilities as good citizens. It also ranges across topics such as Islam and democracy, the constitution, the judicial system, elections, peace and reconciliation and governance. Training in the Khogyani, Shirzad and Pachier Agam districts was held in the dead of winter, when jobs are scarce and insurgent propaganda intensifies. Twelve-hundred young people, including 180 girls, were trained. It was the first time girls participated in such training.