GNG Afghan Alumni Get a Global Voice from UNAOC: The Children of My Land and I
By Allison Finn
In 2012, a group of young Global Nomads at Marefat School in Kabul, Afghanistan decided to investigate the impact of war on the youth of their country. As part of Youth LINKS, a virtual exchange program run by GNG and School of Leadership, Afghanistan(SOLA), they had participated in videoconferences with peers at George Washington Middle School in the US, and together chosen problems that they wanted to change in their communities. The young women at Marefat created a short documentary sharing the stories behind the statistics: with many Afghan students displaced by conflict or forced to work to support their families, as many as 70 percent of girls and 50 percent of boys were out of school in 2012.
The student filmmakers confronted the situation of migrant children who leave their home provinces to work in Kabul, to draw awareness to these young people’s hardships and inspirations. In 2013, “The Children of My Land and I” won an award from the Plural+ Youth Video Festival, an initiative of The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
We are thrilled to share that the Plural+ has again chosen the film as a global example of youth-led social change! UNAOC and IOM created a discussion guide for “The Children of My Land and I,” so that educators around the world can use the film to teach about issues of conflict, migration, and diversity. You can see the full set of discussion guides on selected Plural+ winners here: http://pluralplus.unaoc.org/plural-discussion-guides-multilingual/.