As a member of civil society stressed, the Taliban are not ready to accept political activities. But so far they seem result-oriented in what concerns practical improvements for the Afghan population. Under seemingly non-political activities, for example, competitions about daily life concerns like waste or water management, independent thinking, and the respect of human rights can still be fostered.
Generally, activities should be promoted with Afghan and Islamic references that are acceptable to the Taliban mindset. Fostering women's rights, for example, can be done by giving the examples of the wives of the prophet Mohammed and of the relative freedoms of women in Saudi Arabia and Iran. They have more rights than women under the previous Taliban regime. As one participant states 'the only progressive ideas which can be ingrained in Afghan society need to be somehow referring to internal cultural heritage Afghan and/or Islamic'.
In this context, many venues can be explored. Herat, for example was a major cultural centre over the centuries. Afghans also know very little about the significance of historically important Islamic cities like Bukhara or Samarkand in neighbouring Uzbekistan, despite the fact that a sizable proportion of the Afghan population are Uzbek. Even more significant is the fact that Afghans who are very attached to their religion know very little of the achievements of the golden age Arabo-Islamic culture in sciences like mathematics, geography, astronomy, medicine and architecture, and in literature.