Text Box: April 
Text Box: Self Awareness Part 1: Training for Jawan Bargad Gujranwala
Text Box: Consultative Meeting with Volunteers for Global Youth Service Day 
Text Box: UCP “Career Week” April 04 till April 09, 2011
Text Box: Radio Program on Global Youth Service Day
Text Box: Global Youth Service Day
Text Box: Training on Advocacy for Integrated Youth Development & 18th Amendment 
Text Box: Training Workshop on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers
Text Box: 7th Training of Trainers (TOT) on Peer Education 
Text Box: Quaidian Spring Festival 2011 
Text Box: May
Text Box: Meeting of Board of Directors
Text Box: Empowering Girls-Transforming Communities 
Text Box: ONE DAY DIALOGUE ON, GOOD GOVERNANCE: RESPONSIBILITY AND Text Box: Launching of Core Group Jawan Bargad-Sargodha
Text Box: Consultative Meetings (Sindh) for Integrated Youth Development
Text Box: Radio Program on Post 18th Amendment and Youth Development in Sindh
Text Box: Pre-budget Policy Sindh, “Challenges to Provincial Youth Policies”
Text Box: June
Text Box: 1-day Workshop: Capacity Development Orientation of the Provincial Youth Ministry 
Text Box: Consultative Meeting for Integrated Youth Development Reforms in Pakistan Text Box: Orientation Session for Jawan Bargad Sargodha
Text Box: Youth Festival: All Quetta Mega Talent Hunt Show
Text Box: Pre-budget Policy Dialogue, "Challenges to Provincial Youth Ministries" Balochistan 
Text Box: Training Workshop: Student Development  
Text Box: Leadership and Girls Empowerment 
Text Box: Editorial  
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Text Box: Volume 3
Issue 1
Editor & Designer:

 Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan

Sub Editor and Sub Designer: 

M. Usman Rasheed
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To know about self is very important to succeed. Youth in particular is at the stage of facing the dilemma of identification. Youth potentials can best be utilized and channelized if youth are aware of themselves and of their rights.

For Jawan Bargad Gujranwala first training session, "Self Awareness Part 1" was organized at Bargad office on April 1, 2011. In training fifteen young people participated from different segments of the society.

Training included three main sessions: i) Think about yourself; ii) You can do anything you dream and; iii) You are special.

In the training participants were involved in a number of activities including group works, self reflections and mapping out future paths. 

Training was conducted by Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan. Special efforts were made by Usman Rasheed and Rana Mujahid for organizing the programme

Jawan Bargad Gujranwala is a core group formed at Gujranwala. Now regular right based and skill based trainings shall be organized for the group throughout the year.

Text Box: Interested youth from Gujranwala are most welcome to join us.

Bargad involves its volunteers actively from planning to execution of the activities. Before planning any event Bargad volunteers are formally called to give their suggestions and to plan event along with programme officers and related stakeholders.

For the commemoration of Global Youth Service Day, Bargad organized a brain storming session with the volunteers of Gujranwala at Bargad office on April 1, 2011. In the session volunteers planned to clean parks, street walls and to visit Child Bureau Protection Institute.

Meeting was facilitated by Bushra Sadiq, Senior Programme Officer, Bargad. Usman Rasheed and Rana Mujahid Raza were among the organizers.

Bargad participated in the “Career Week Counseling” at University of Central Punjab Lahore on April 8, 2011. The event capitalized on exploring Job opportunities for fresh and experienced bachelor & master students in close proximity with their prospective employers.  

Bargad sponsored the event and also setup a stall. At the stall Uzma, Usman and Mujahid represented the organization. More than 200 students were explained about the term youth development and the importance of youth participation and engagement. Students were also informed about Bargad’s vision, mission, objectives, themes and current activities. Many students filled the membership forms.  

Youth volunteerism and Leadership is a key to channelize the energies of youth in a positive way. This edition is dedicated to our youth volunteers, who devote their time and energies for the positive development of the society at large and for youth development in particular. They are our advocates and we pay tribute to their devotion and affection to Bargad’s cause of youth development.

As always the quarter, April- June 2011, was marked by our volunteers engagement and participation in a number of youth development programmes and projects as advocates, organizers, planners and active participants. To this end we organized training sessions of Jawan Bargad; launching of Jawan Bargad Sargodha and Gujranwala; celebrations of Global Youth Service Day; radio programmes; whole of school events for school girls of Gujranwala; Pre-budget Policy Sindh, "Challenges to Provincial Youth Policies"; Consultative Meetings (Sindh) for Integrated Youth Development; 1-day Workshop: Capacity Development Orientation of the Provincial Youth Ministry in Quetta (Balochistan); Consultative Meeting for Integrated Youth Development Reforms in Pakistan (Balochistan); Youth Festival: All Quetta Mega Talent Hunt Show; Pre-budget Policy Dialogue, "Challenges to Provincial Youth Ministries" Balochistan; Training Workshop: Student Development, Balochistan and others included participation of Bargad in HOPE Conference, PRSP Trainings and 7 ToT Y-Peer training.

We congratulate Mahvish Bashir for contributing a write-up on youth issues for Bargad e-newsletter, she says, If somebody is asked what do you you think is main problem of today's youth in Pakistan??  Certainly you will get any one of the following answers: Unemployment, low standard of education and society differences.

Today, when inflation (13.23%) is going towards its peak points, what every family want is that their youngsters stand on their own feet, simply all the youth have a dream to get       stable financially.

But wait ...the unemployment rate which is 15% in Pakistan(150th rank in the world) tells us what the situation actually is? Again for me this all is due society differences.

No doubt, there are still some educated authorities in true sense,.... but the involvement of politics in bad and corrupted way has destroyed the whole system and nobody is ready to take the responsibility of solving these all issues.....”

Finally, we would greatly appreciate your valuable feedback for improving the e-newsletter. Tell us what you think at Bargad.youth.organization@gmail.com and if you are a good writer on the issues of youth do send us your 200 words write-up on, “Youth Issues”. The selected write-ups shall be featured in our e-newsletter.

In commemoration of the day, a radio programme was aired by Radio Station Power 99 on 16th April 2011. Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director Bargad spoke on the occasion.

She explained about vitality of meaningful youth engagement from grassroots level to policy level.  She said, “Now it is time for youth to come forward and to take the responsibility.”

To promote the culture of promotion of youth social services, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated every year from 15-17 April. This year Bargad was selected as a country partner to observe Global Youth Service Day in Pakistan.

       The objectives of the Global Youth Service Day are to: i) Mobilize and support youth as leaders to identify and address the needs of their communities through service and learning; ii) Mobilize and support campuses and organizations to provide meaningful opportunities for youth engagement; iii) Educate the public, the media, and policy makers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders; iv) Celebrate the year-round engagement of youth as community assets, resources, leaders, and problem-solvers; and v) Inspire and sustain a lifelong commitment to service and civic engagement.

       To commemorate the day the organization held a series of meetings with its volunteers. On the suggestions, Bargad made an action plan. It was decided that Bargad volunteers and staff would render their services for Global Youth Service Day and maximum activities would be performed with minimum finances. Bargad young volunteers indicated following themes to be addressed during the days:

· Self help and Self reliance

· Youth development advocacy

· Altruism and moralities

· Youth leadership

· Community sensitization

       The activities included: preparation of Global Youth Service Day promotional material by the volunteers at a very low cost, handmade placards, cleaning of street walls and parks and visit to destitute and neglected children.

       During the activities 100 volunteers were actively engaged. Indirect number of beneficiaries reached to thousands. The event coordinator was Bushra Sadiq. Organizing team comprised of Shakilla Kaukab, Saiqa Rani, Usman Rasheed, Naveed Khan, Mujahid Raza, Yasmeen, Baseer Khan, Adnan Butt & volunteers of Bargad.

       The activities have greatly sensitized the volunteers and the beneficiaries. For instance Ali, a volunteer, said, “Volunteerism is very important for community development and our small efforts have long lasting effects. Campaigns like cleaning parks are not just activities but it is a message of self help and self involvement in the betterment of the community. Meaningful participation of youth as in Global Youth Service Day can bring positive changes in our society patterns.” 

       The activities also grabbed the media attention. News channels and newspapers also covered the event.

 

 

Advocacy by an individual or by an advocacy group normally aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to protect an asset of interest. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or poll or the 'filing of friend of the court briefs'. Lobbying (often by lobby groups) is a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern politics.

On 17 April 2011, training on advocacy for integrated youth development and 18th amendment was organized for the volunteers and staff of Bargad. The training was designed and executed by Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan.

The sessions included: i) Youth Development and Integrated Youth Development; ii) Advocacy and National Youth Advocacy Platform; and iii) 18th Amendment-Opportunities and Challenges. The objectives of the training were: i) to discuss the terminologies, “Youth Development” and “Integrated Youth Development”; ii) to identify the best practices of social advocates; iii) mapping out the relation of advocacy with integrated youth development; and iv) to train volunteers as youth development advocates.

Participants included: Muhammad Ali Khurshid, Ehtisham-ul-Haq, Muhammad Dawood Sheikh, Tahira Arooj, Zohaib Akhlaq, Qaria, Areeba, Khadija, Uzma, Quratulain, Sami-u-llah, Muhammad Ahmed, Usman Saif, Muhammad Usman Rasheed, Tahseem Ullah Shah, Umar  Meraj, Naveed Khan, Sawila Usman, Mujahid Raza, Adnan Butt, Saiqa Rani,Khurram Abaid Shah, Bushra Sadiq and Shakilla Kaukab.

Text Box: Programme Officer, Bargad took 2-day workshop training on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers organized by UNFPA.
The PRSP approach initiated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank over a decade ago, aims to produce a comprehensive, nationally owned strategy for poverty reduction.  One of the core principles underlying the PRSP approach is that the process should include the broad based participation of civil society organizations. Increasingly participatory approaches are encouraged in all aspects of PRSP processes, including poverty diagnostics, policy formulation and reform, budgeting  and public expenditures management, as well as monitoring and evaluation. It is also increasingly understood that within the range of stakeholder groups to be engaged, special efforts must be made to secure the participation of vulnerable groups, such as youth, in order to incorporate their perspective into the design and implementation of the strategy. 
The lack of progress in addressing experiences of youth in poverty into majority of existing national development policies indicates a need for better use of available data and continued advocacy. A number of arguments can be articulated in order to enhance the coverage on issues faced by the youth, to be incorporated into the PRSPs: 1) the need to implement existing commitment. 2) Youth deserve their fair share in the population; 3) youth are central to achieving the MDGs; 4) the macro-economic case for investing in youth by making social investments in adolescents’ health, education and employment;  5) the micro-economic case for investing in youth; 6. Youth in poverty are socially vulnerable during their transition to adulthood; and 7. Capitalizing on the demographic transition. 
The first PRSP in Pakistan was prepared in 2003, and youth was one of the target audiences in the strategy. But it is imperative to mention that at the implementation level no need based youth programming was given due attention.  Addressing the diversity of youth in Pakistan is yet challenging task for the

 With the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER) Pakistan in collaboration with Chanan Development Association (CDA) organized “7th Training of Trainers TOT on PEER Education” from 23rd April to 27th April 2011 at Heaven Hotel in Lahore.

The overall objective of the training was to build capacity of selected group of trainers to deliver high quality of peer education. As Y-PEER aims to promote a healthy life style through peer to peer approach and to empower Young People to make responsible decisions, training’s main agenda was sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

From Bargad, Usman Rasheed (Volunteer Management Officer) participated in the training. He said, “The overall training was very effective for me. It created a strong networking between youth from various provinces and gave the opportunity to all of us to share our ideas. It also helped to promote the cultural values as well as social values”.

Bargad contributed to the fundraising event by sponsoring a stall in the “Quaidian Spring Festival 2011”on 29th April 2011 at Football Ground, University Campus.

The main objective of the festival was fundraising within the campus for the needy students of the Quaid-e-Azam University. Moreover, students from various regions performed their cultural dance performances and dedicated cultural songs to their friend.

There were 30 different stalls of banks, multinational companies, research institutes, NGO’s, government departments, education consultancies, quaidian song dedication, quaidian love jail, mehndi, cards, flowers. Cultural and food stalls were also there for amusement.

More than 100 students visited Bargad stall. Usman Rasheed and Mujahid Raza represented Bargad at the occasion.

             On 2nd May 2011, the meeting of Board of Directors (BODs) of Bargad was held in Lahore to discuss the overall polices and networking of the organization. the meeting was chaired by Dr. Ghazala Irfan. In the other BODs included A. Basit Chaudhry, Hina Shafqat, Hina Shafqat, Sabeen Inam and Sarmad Raza Nayak. Board of directors’ meeting is organized once in a quarter.

             Under the project of “Empowering Girls-Transforming Communities”, activities inculcating a sense of leadership and confidence among girls, were organized at fifteen schools in district Gujranwala. More than eighty community members, parents and old students participated in it. While more than three thousand girl students enthusiastically participated in the activities. Whole of School Events were planned in a way that ensured students to engage parents and the community.

Students prepared skits, speeches and songs. The headmistress of the M.A,Islamia Girls High School said, “Whole of school activities prepared students practically for the future.”  Noureen Bilquees shared her views: “There are many girls who feel worthless or that there is nothing they are good at. Adolescence struggles with self esteem and these activities are a way that they can build self esteem.”

The students expressed that the activity was a great opportunity for them to show their talent and confidence in front of their teachers and parents. They demanded Bargad to arrange more activities and competitions at their school and on broader level where they could get a chance to express themselves and show their talent.  

             The basic objective was to promote leadership skills in adolescent girls and informing others on the issues of RH (Reproductive Health) and economic empowerment. These activities were designed and executed by 9th class girls.

One day dialogue on "Good Governance: Responsibility and Accountability" was organized by Bargad on 5th May 2011  in collaboration with the department of History & Pakistan Studies, University of Sargodha .

The event was facilitated by Dr. Naudir Bakhth and Saiqa Rani. The dialogue started with a hot debate between the two groups: one group was of the view that governance issues in Pakistan could be resolved and for that we need to learn from our past experiences. They also said that  new and young leadership was needed to be brought on the stage of politics. The other group opposed the motion and was of the opinion that good governance in Pakistan would remain a dream.

Dr. Muhammed Ali Chaudhry, the Vice Chancellor of University of Sargodha,  while appreciating the efforts of Bargad said, "Such activities are a food for thought and contributes to intellectual growth."

Saiqa Rani and Rana Mujahid Raza represented Bargad at the occasion.

Bargad has successfully launched a core group: Jawan Bargad Sargodha at University of Sargodha.

The coordinator of the group was selected through direct voting. 12 students took part in the voting process. Abubaker Siddique got 08 votes and was declared to be the coordinator. Other candidates were Amara Awan and Abrar Wahid. The group planed to organize capacity building trainings and workshops in near future.

One to One meetings were held with Dr. Kaiser Bangali, Especial Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Ashfaq Ali Shah, Additional Secretary Population and Welfare, Mr. Javed Ahmed Shaikh, Additional Secretary Education and Literacy, Mr. Kareem Bakhsh Sadiqqui, Project Coordinator, Bainazir Bhutto Youth Development Programme, Mr. Mohsin Mushtaq Chandana, Secretary PND, Mr. Muhammad Gulfam Nabi, Director Labour, Mr. Nabeel Ahmed Awan, Additional Secretary Labour and Manpower, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Sheikh, Federal Joint Secretary Finance (Debt), Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary of Youth Affairs and Mr. Waseem Ahmed Ursani, Secretary Education and Literacy.

Mr. Javed Ahmed Sheikh, Additional Secretary, Education and Literacy offered his volunteering services to be the focal person for future National Youth Advocacy Platform programmes and activities. Bargad team was represented by Sabiha Shaheen (Executive Director), Iqbal Haider Butt (Youth Consultant) and Dr. Shahbaz Israr (Programme Officer).

Programme on Post 18th Amendment Scenario and Challenges to Provincial Youth Ministries was aired from 3 PM to 4 PM on 30th May 2011 by FM 103 Karachi. The programme was hosted by Anees Mansoori, while guests were Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director Bargad and Iqbal Hiader Butt, a free launce consultant. Other discussants included Khawaja Aslam (MQM) and Ameer Nawab (ANP). People also asked questions from guests through telephonic calls.

The format of the programme was interactive in which a debate on Post 18th amendment scenario was generated and challenges to provincial youth ministries were discussed.

National Youth Advocacy Platform (joint initiative of Bargad and UNFPA) organized a Pre-budget Policy Dialogue , "Challenges to Provincial Youth Policies" at Marriott, Karachi on May 31, 2011.

The objectives of the dialogue were: Practical implications of the 18th amendment, governance of youth affairs, financial constraints and the management capacity of provincial governments to run youth affairs; engage provincial government on youth development initiatives and Introduction to provincial youth policies.

The agenda of the dialogue was set with reference to post 18th amendment and subsequent devolution of Federal Youth Ministry. A need was generated for organizing a pre-budget policy dialogue to mobilize resources for youth development reforms in Sindh. The dialogue capitalized the issues (i) financial formula distribution of funds to provinces in future (ii) inadequate staffing and relevant human resources and the fate of federal employees, and (iii) consensus over provincial youth policies after the suspension of national youth policy.

Dr. Huma Baqai, TV Anchor, was the key moderator of the dialogue. The dialogue participants included representatives of BARGAD and UNFPA, Sindh Youth Ministry, Economic Affairs Division, Provincial Education, Labour and Manpower and Population and Welfare Ministries, PND, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program, civil society activists, international donors, students, youth groups, academia and media. Dignitaries included Dr. Kaiser Bangali (Especial Advisor to Chief Minister); Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan(Government of Sindh, Advisor to Chief Minister); Abdual Wahid Ulqaily (MD, STEVTA); Ali Nawaz Taalpur (Ministry of Youth Affairs, Consultant Development); Aralan Aziz Memon (Labour Ministry, Assistant Director); Ashfaq Ali Shah (Population and Welfare, Additional Secretary); Ashfaque Ali Shah (Population and Welfare, Additional Secretary); Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan (Programme Officer Bargad); Dr. Humma Baqai (TV anchor); Iqbal Haider Butt (Free Launce Consultant); Javed Shaikh (Ministry of Education, Additional Secretary); Kareem Bakhsh Sadiqqui (Banazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme, Project Coordinator); Khursheed Ali Shaikh (Ministry of Youth Affairs, Director); M. Shabbir (Deputy Director, Manpower); Nargis Rasheed (professor, Karachi University); S.M Arsalan Arif Khan (Writer and Columnist); Sabiha Shaheen (Executive Director Bargad); Sajjad Ahmad Sheikh (Federal Ministry of Finance, Joint Secretary (Debt); Sajjad Ahmed Sheikh, Joint Secretary Debt); Seema Zaman (Lucid and Packard Foundation, Program Associate); Shabbir Ali Babar (Student, Karachi University); Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui (Ministry of Youth Affairs, Secretary); Sindad Tnniu (Banazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme, Director) and Syed Mehmood Hassan(Deputy Secretary, Coordination).

The purpose of the pre-budget dialogue was to review the scenario and issues of youth development after the 18th amendment and to come up with minimum proposals for effective shift of youth affairs to the provinces. The dialogue has initiated a new concept of integrated youth development and the need of introduction of youth development reforms for required youth programmes strategies development, initiation and implementation in Pakistan. These dialogues are to be held in other provinces of Pakistan as well. National Youth Advocacy Platform will organize such dialogues in all provinces of Pakistan.

On 2nd June, a high level 1-day workshop was held on capacity development orientation of the provincial youth ministry and the relevant department of Balochistan province.

Strategic aim of the workshop was also to make grounds for integrated youth development among the decision makers.

During the workshop the participants expected to resolve the following key questions:

· What was the solution of financial matters of devolution? In this connection, whether the federal government would support it or it depended on provincial government? Unless and until funds allocation was ensured for practicability of devolution plan from federal to provinces, no results could be obtained successfully.

· Employment issues and the questions of shifting federal surplus pool to the provinces

· Lack of trained staff

· Programming for training of youth

· Fate of international agreements

· Communication gap within the province & the mechanism of  province to district communication.

             Bargad hold consultative meetings, from 30 June to 6 July 2011, for integrated youth development reforms in Pakistan. Meetings were held with Capt. Abdul Khaliq Achakzai (Minister/ Ministry of Youth Affairs), Dr. Saqib Aziz (Secretary/ Ministry of Youth Affairs, Supports and Culture), Dr. Umer Babar (Secretary Implementation/ Planning & Development Department), Mr. Afzal Sulehri (Deputy Director/ Youth Affairs Department), Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bazai (Ad. Secretary/Labour & Manpower Department), Mr. Jawad (President/ Organization for the Development of Youth) and Mr. Miran Jan Kakar (Secretary Planning/ Planning & Development Department).

             Capt. Khaliq Achakzai, Minister of  Youth Affairs and Dr. Saqib Aziz, Secretary of Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture, greatly appreciated the idea of integrated youth development reforms in Pakistan. They also promised to provide their support to Bargad and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)for integrated youth development. Now MOU between Bargad and Youth Affairs Department has been signed for integrated youth development in Balochistan.

             Sabiha Shaheen (Executive Director) ,Saiqa Rani (Programme Officer) and Rana Mujahid Raza (Assistant Programme Officer) represented Bargad in the meetings.

             Orientation Session for Jawan Bargad Sargodha was organized on 3rd June 2011 at Taangh Wasaib . Twenty four members of Jawan Bargad Sargodha attended the session. In the session Sarmad Raza Nayak, Nauman Ali Ch. and Uzma Ali gave orientation on Bargad’s historical background, organizational values, programmes and recent achievements.

At the end of the session it was mutually decided that Jawan Bargad Sargodha should organize meetings and programmes for themselves. 

Bargad should organize trainings according to the needs and demand of the group. The group was highly motivated and was ready to involve itself in youth development activities in Sargodha.

Youth festival held on June 04, 2011 was a joint collaboration of Department of Youth Affairs Balochistan and Organization for the Development of Youth of Balochistan (ODY), and Bargad.

Bargad held a dialogue on pre-budget policy on Challenges to Provincial Youth Ministries, which was addressed by the provincial youth minister Capt. Abdul Khaliq Achakzai, provincial secretary Dr Saqib Aziz (Youth Affairs), Akbar Durrani (Education) and Dr Omar Babar (PND). Senior bureaucrats from various provincial ministries, and representatives of universities, media and the civil society attended the policy dialogue.

It was apprehended that the provincial ministries might not be able to carry out federal projects which were in the pipeline. The Balochistan province has a 7.5 billion deficit budget this year. Under the National Finance Commission (NFC) award 12 billion rupees each year would be given to Balochistan for the next 12 years.

During the dialogue it was expressed that the provinces had not been financially supported to run the devolved ministries and the technical mechanism for implementing the 18th amendment had not yet been chalked out. There was a need to increase duration for transition of powers from federal government to the provinces.

The Youth Minister Capt. Abdul Khaliq Achakzai said that there was not clarity about the implementation of the 18th amendment and the federal government had not handed over functions to the provinces yet.

Gulmina Bilal moderated the policy dialogue. Executive Director of Bargad Sabiha Shaheen also spoke on this occasion

on inclusion of youth of Balochistan in the process and procedures. Provision of participation models to youth can play central role in vitalizing youth potentials. Platforms where youth can participate, exchange views & experiences, transform their experiences into action, show their talent, sharp their skill, plan & execute their plans. 

The Training Workshop (5-7 June) on “Student Development” was an initiative of Bargad under the project titled “Peace and Youth Cooperation.”.

The workshop covered the issues: situation of youth in Pakistan, youth bulge in Pakistan, youth and extremism, national youth policy, post 18th amendment scenario, development of youth ministry and the HEC’s historical experience of student politics in Pakistan, education and government policies for youth development, gender and higher education on Pakistani campuses, and violence on campus.

The speakers/resource persons and trainers included Dr. Saqib Aziz (Secretary Youth, Sports and Environment, Balochistan); Dr. Umer Baber (Secretary Planning and Development); Iqbal Haider Butt ( Youth expert & Researcher); Saima Jasam (Head of Programmes, HBS; Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director, Bargad; Salma Butt, Trainer & Researcher. 20 participants from five universities of Balochistan participated in that workshop.

Dr. Saqib Aziz (Secretary Youth Affairs) said, “Youth issues cannot be confined at one place. Youth is a cross cutting point because it belongs to every department and sector; health, education, agriculture and industry. Youth issues can better be explained by the youth themselves.”

The training workshop was designed after needs assessment and consultation with the Balochistan students. It helped the students furnishing skills and widening their exposure. The workshop training was a multipronged skill enhancement enterprise, enabling the students to develop their understanding of various themes.

In the second round of Whole of School, activities were organized in ten schools of district Gujranwala in the last week of May and first week of Jun.

In the second round of Whole of School Activities, a total 2352 students  and more than one hundred parents and community members participated. 

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