On thursday March 10, 2016, a group of civil society activists along with members of NITPAA organized an event to thank Google for adding Pashto language into its Translate application. The event was held at the national cricket stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, where over 3000 letters, banners and postcards were displayed. Most of these banners and postcards were handwritten by little boys and girls across the country. Similar events were held in the past by NITPAA to encourage community to contribute to the platform.
Saeed Zabuli, a journalist, poet and civil society activist facilitated the collection and organization of all the material. According to Zabuli these letters were collected from Kabul, Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces and spanned almost one kilometer in length.
— Said Zazai (@smzazai) March 10, 2016
— Habib Khan Totakhil (@HabibKhanT) March 10, 2016
Participants included civil society activists and government officials from Ministry of Information and Culture. The event was broadcasted live on Tolo TV and was publicised in many local and international radio, TV and news publications including BBC, Pajhwok, Azadi Radio and Shamshad TV. Habib Khan Totakhail and Said Zazai, during their speeches, emphasized on the improvement of the translations and encouraged everyone for further contribution to the platform. Hameed Sherani, board member of NITPAA, thanked Google, Google Translate team and all the individuals who have contributed to the platform and also in the event. He said "Millions of students read and write in Pashto and use it as their only medium of Communication". He emphasized on other large enterprises to follow the footsteps of Google and incorporate Pashto language in their softwares so that the language does not become a barrier to modernity, access to technology and knowledge.
More pictures of the event can be found here.