Collective sports activities to strengthen social cohesion among young Pak-Afghans

PESHAWAR: In order to promote social cohesion between Afghan refugees and Pakistani youth, the Afghan Refugee Commissioner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (CAR-KP) with the support of SSARC-GIZ organized running competitions for young Afghan girls on Monday and Pakistanis at the Qayum Sports Complex.

No less than 40 young girls from the Afghan and Pakistani community took part in the events. The ceremony was attended by CAR-KP Additional Security Commissioner Haider Ali Shah, Project Manager Shuja-ur-Rehman, guests from GIZ and officials from the sports department. .

Speaking to the media after the award ceremony, project manager Shuja-ur-Rehman said that sports activities are not only essential for the mental and physical health of young people, but also for the development of society. in general.

He said the organization of collective sporting events for young people from Afghan and host communities aims to promote social cohesion between the two community groups and nurture the culture of passion among young people.

Shuja-ur-Rehman further noted that the Afghan Refugee Commissariat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (CAR-KP), in collaboration with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ BmZ), is supporting measures aimed at strengthening social cohesion and well-being. social being of Afghan refugees and host community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. .

The project manager said the first-ever joint event for Afghan and host girls provided an opportunity for Afghan and host girls to connect with each other and share their experiences and thoughts.

He hopes that the engagement of young people from the Afghan and host community in different sports, cultural and educational activities will become another important step in the continuation of CAR-KP’s services to strengthen social cohesion and the well-being of Afghan refugees and of the host community.

The running competitions are implemented as part of the activities of the CAR-KP project which is being implemented in the four districts of the province namely Peshawar, Kohat, Charsadda and Nowshera with financial support from GIZ.

No less than forty girls from Afghan refugees and the host community in Peshawar district took part in the competitions organized in two categories of races of 100 meters and 200 meters.

Additional Security Commissioner Haider Ali Shah, Project Manager Shuja ur Rehman and other CAR-KP officials distributed cash prizes and trophies to the top three winners of the competitions.

Sara H. Byrd