American University of Afghanistan, Kabul


I am Sayed Ziafatullah Saeedi, currently doing my sophomore year in public administration and political science at American University of Afghanistan. I am the eldest child of a low-income family of nine people. My father is a tailor, and my mother is a housewife. All of my siblings, except one, are currently enrolled in school. As the eldest son of the family, I have always been seen, intentionally or unintentionally, as the role model of my younger siblings. This has always pushed me to do my hardest: now, I am a fellow at American Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford, a writer for national and international journals, a social activist, and recipient of President High Honor Award in American University of Afghanistan. 

As a the very first summer camp in Afghanistan, Rainbow Cultural Diversity Summer Program was established in 2017 with a mission of promoting tolerance and co-existence among Afghan youths. Since then, it has annually organized its summer camp for high school and university students, where it brings together youths of different ethnic groups and backgrounds in a friendly environment to discuss ways of promoting tolerance and co-existence in the fragmented Afghan society. Since its inception, Rainbow’s mission of making a tolerant Afghanistan has been appreciated through awards and media coverage. It was selected as one of the twenty-two most influential youth-led programs across the Middle East and North Africa by AMENDS (American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford) and I had the pleasure to give a TED-style talk about it in AMENDS 2019 Summit. It has also been nominated for GCED Best Practices 2018 by UNESCO-APCEIU. 

An account of Rainbow 2018 is available here.