The minute I discovered social entrepreneurship, I knew I had found my calling.
Selene Biffi is an Italian social entrepreneur whose work focuses on youth empowerment and education. She now leads three social enterprises designed to improve the lives of children and young people in many parts of the world.<br><br>One
of those projects is a school for storytellers, which she established with Rolex’s support to preserve traditional Afghan folk tales and oral heritage by creating a venue for master storytellers to teach their craft to younger generations.
The skills and practical knowledge acquired help students uphold the body of ancient tales and learn to create new narratives that carry important developmental messages to impoverished communities.<br><br>Two classes of
young students have already graduated from the Qessa Academy in Kabul. On completion of the course, most students have started internships, working mainly at a local radio station and as teachers. Biffi has co-authored a book about
her Afghanistan experience, <i>The Teacher of Kabul</i>, which was published in Italian in 2014. Security risks and Biffi’s other commitments mean she spends long periods away from Kabul, but she returned there in 2016
to continue her work with the Qessa Academy and to consult for other organizations.