18-07-2017 03:00 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Afghan girls prove their mettle
It was a victory of sorts for six Afghan girls who were able to participate in the international robotic competition after being rejected twice when they applied for a visa. It sparked an international backlash following which President Trump intervened and allowed entry of the six girls from the war torn country to participate in the competition.
Joe Sestak, the president of First Global, a non-profit organizing the competition was jubilant after the decision. He said that their greatest power is the power to bring people of different nations together in the pursuit of a common goal and prove that their similarities outweigh their differences.
He appreciated "the professional leadership of the US State Department" for providing for all 163 teams from 157 countries, including a team of Syrian refugees, to participate in the competition.
The Afghan girls took six months to construct a robot that can identify orange and blue coloured balls and sort them accordingly by putting them in their correct places.
Hailing from a country where young girls are often discouraged from pursuing academic studies, it was no small feat for these young girls to convince their family members to allow them to travel and participate in a competition in the US.
The girls wanted to prove to the world that the Afghans can also construct a hand made robot. Their presence at the competition will give hope to many other aspiring young Afghan children with big dreams.
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