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    UNESCO urged to promote Afghan social media

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Media practitioners on Monday urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare the ongoing week as a social media week.

    Dozens of local journalists and media officials attended a gathering on Monday in Mazar-i-Sharif, organised by a media support organisation called Nai -- aimed at promoting social media.

    Nai’s provincial head, Noor Agha, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they have declared the ongoing week as week of social media to enhance the growth and improvements of local media.

    He added they have asked UNESCO to formally declare the social media week so it would help social media in Afghanistan to be globally linked and recognised.

    One of the participants and Arezzo television director, Najib Paikan, said social media was yet to be used positively in the country.

    For example, he said, most youths wasted their time on the Facebook instead of taking advantage of it. He said Facebook and similar social media networks would be more effective, if they were used for intellectual purposes aimed at developing political, social and economic affairs.

    Meanwhile, Agha said they would host several programmes related to social media and educational workshops for youths this week. 

    Finally some youths who used social media for productive activities received appreciation letters from the media supporting organisation.