By: Karima Malikzada
Youth awareness seminar on the country’s national and cultural heritages was held the other day by deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture to volunteer youths of the deputy ministry at Afghanistan National Museum.
In the seminar, deputy minister of youth affairs Mohammad Ajmal Shahpoor spoke and said: “As we all know our country’s historic culture and values are the honors of all the nation; therefore, preservation of the country’s cultural heritages is the responsibility of all.”
“We wanted to make the volunteer youths aware of the country’s historic and cultural values. Besides that the government has various programs for the protection and preservation of the country’s cultural heritages, Afghan youth should know how to cooperate in the field of preservation of the country’s historic and cultural heritages,” Shahpoor said.
He further said that in order to inform and make the Afghan youth aware of the country’s historic and cultural heritages, deputy ministry of youth affairs launched such programs and it was determined that similar programs would be launched in provinces too to mobilize youth in connection with preservation of national and cultural values.
In the seminar, the country’s national trader Etebar Khan Zadran spoke and said that the country’s cultural heritages and historic monuments were the honors of all the people and those having no cultural heritages and historic monument had no historic in fact, adding that the programs launched by the deputy ministry of youth affairs was a good step towards further preservation of the country’s cultural heritages.
“As a citizen of Afghanistan, I’m asking the ministry of information and culture to make further efforts towards preservation and protection of the country’s cultural heritages and historic monuments,” Zadran said, praising the deputy ministry of youth affairs for launching the seminar.
He considered launching such program for youth as a positive and effective step as youths can play vital role in preservation of the country’s cultural heritages.
Abdul Qadeer Timori, another speaker in the seminar, said cultural heritages were a country’s spiritual and financial values, adding that both the government and people had the responsibility for the protection and preservation of Afghanistan cultural heritages.
Afghanistan, situated at an important junction on the ancient Silk Roads, has been the crossroads of cultures since time immemorial.
Its unique cultural heritage reflects a history that is marked by the complex indigenous encounters between Achemenid Persia, Alexandrian Greece, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
However, due to prolonged armed conflict and fanaticism, much of this outstanding cultural heritage has been destroyed. The Bamiyan Buddhas were dynamited in March 2001, and in the following months most of the debris together with the remains of original sculpture, was taken away to be sold. In addition, the small statues in the collections of the Kabul Museum were smashed, including many stored for security reasons in the Ministry of Information and Culture.