Afghan Student Received at the Embassy After Winning an Award for Essay

Embassy of Afghanistan

Afghan student Javid Abdullah Moshahed Ahmad presented a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Ambassador Hakimi by Cultural Attaché Ahmad Farid Haidari.

Embassy of Afghanistan
Embassy of Afghanistan
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Washington, D.C. (May 31, 2012)—On May 30, 2012, Afghan student Javid Abdullah Moshahed Ahmad was awarded 28th place out of 37 total winners and 1,300 applicants in the Gulen Institute’s Youth Platform 2012 contest for his essay entitled “Major Children Problems”.

In the award ceremony, Ahmad was presented his award by Embassy Counselor Hassan Soroosh. The next day, he was welcomed at the Embassy where he was presented a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Ambassador Hakimi by Cultural Attaché Ahmad Farid Haidari.

The ceremony was held at the Capitol Hill’s U.S. House Rayburn Gold Room and chaired by U.S. House of Representative members Gene Green and Ted Poe.

According to the Gulen Institute’s website, “the contest topic for this year was ‘Creating solutions for the challenges faced by children today’. Based on their research, students addressed challenges such as violence, poverty, lack of access to education, child neglect, child labor, trafficking and slavery, drug abuse, health and nutrition, and gender inequality and tried their best to provide potential means that realistically overcome these challenges.”

To accept his award, he received a sponsored five-day trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City from the Gulen Institute and is accompanied by his teacher Ahmet Goysaya from Kabul Ariana Turk High School. During his time in the U.S., Ahmad visited different think-tank organizations, toured the capital, and met members of Congress. “This trip offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural understanding, as contest winners are invited to share their essays and engage in respectful dialogue with their peers from around the world,” says the Institute.