This eight-module manual was developed during last year’s partnership with HBS. It focused on conceptual/ thematic understanding and facilitation skills for democratic activism of youth, because democratically conscious youth will have the potential to change the future of this country. In this regard, a TOT of youth leaders’ wings of the Pakistani political parties was also held for their training. One Partner of  HBS, the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) has also used this manual in its programmes.

 

The manual has been sent to be reviewed by an expert, Ms. Tanveer Jahan, and after its review it will be printed in the next quarter.

 

Printing and Dissemination of Training Manual on Democratic Activism of Youth

E-Newsletter

Volume 4, issue 1

BARGAD Organization for youth development

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enormously beneficial to ensure a productive role in the society from the youth. The main projects include Printing of Youth voices on democratic activism of youth, Training Of Trainers Workshop on “Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses and Media Forums- Radio Programme. All this could not have been possible without the contribution of our dedicated board of directors, team members, volunteers, advocates and friends. In our e-news issues, we bring to you the work of volunteers and youth development practitioners. If you are amongst the youth and are working on social issues then kindly share your experiences or stories at volunteer@bargad.org.pk. We look forward to receiving your amazing work and experiences. Let it be highlighted, let the world know!

 

 

 

and  one on one meetings. Social media like face book and twitter has been  utilized  to ensure large participation of youth. Members of  Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) were briefed on youth issues and solutions were proposed in District Ghizer on 3rd of August, 2013, organized with joint collaboration of Department of Youth Affairs GB and Bargad. This collaboration and policy formation proved to be momentous in the history of Bargad and GB where youth of GB put forward their anxiety and frustration regarding their inability to participate in the political process and lingering constitutional status of the province. Limited powers of GBLA were also  a  great concern for the youth. In further accomplishments of Bargad, Samma TV’s program “Har Pakistani me Chuppa Hai Aik Hero”, did a feature on Bargad where interviewees were conducted to emphasize the role of Bargad in developing core critical thinking skills among the youth in Pakistan, which would be

The dawn of a New Year   is lurking on the threshold, and this is the very time for Bargad –Organization for Youth Development to look back at the milestones achieved throughout 2013 which would give  a new passion for welcoming 2014. Some tasks might be left undone in the prior year; however this is the time to formulate new policies as well as pursue the prior undone tasks. Until now Bargad, being a youth forum, has worked tremendously well in eliminating youth extremism in Pakistan including working on youth policies of all five provinces which would shape a new horizon to Promote Peace, Justice & Cooperation among Youth in Pakistan. Especially this year, in collaboration with the Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Bargad has started a consultative process in the province for the formulation of GB Youth Policy. District Governments and Agha Khan Rural Support Programme also extended their support to the process. It is the first time in the history that stakeholders and direct beneficiaries are directly participating in the process. Far-reaching participation is ensured through consultative sessions, in-depth interviews

Editorial

Bargad’s appearance in the TV show ‘Har Pakistani me Chuppa Hai Aik Hero’ on Samaa TV Channel is another achievement. The feature was broadcasted on different dates through July till October. The interviews were held with administrative members and volunteers. On administrative level Ms Sabiha Shaheen- Executive Director of Bargad, Dr Shahbaz Israr- Program Manager of Bargad were interviewed whereas, amongst the volunteers: Tahira Arooj, Arooj Sindu and Minza Yaqoob were interviewed. Even though the interviewees shared their personal success stories, milestones achieved and social work they performed, Bargad has directly and indirectly been an integral part of the interviewees’ activities. All five interviews were an acknowledgment of Bargad’s role in shaping the lives of these interviewees how it has helped them reach certain milestones in their lives. Furthermore, all five interviewees highlighted the role of critical thinking in the development of youth in Pakistan, because critical thinking being an analytical skill plays is of integral importance in youth development. Ms. Sabiha Shaheen, especially,  elaborated the role of Bargad in the youth development process in Pakistan. Since youth remained unacknowledged and unrecognized in government policy making, evaluating the situation Bargad took the initiative to ensure a platform for a scattered mob of youth, to be enlightened about their neglected place in the society and stimulated to participate actively and effectively. It was possible through evoking the critical and analytical skills of the youth in Pakistan, so they can critically evaluate their role in the society which would help them channelize their energy positively. Bargad is more about highlighting the youth of Pakistan as untapped power and brining them into the mainstream society so they can come in the government as potential future leaders, she explained further in her interview.

Bargad’s Feature on Samma TV      

Printing of the Youth Voices on Democratic Activism of Youth

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Youth Voices on Democratic Activism of Youth was an initiative under last year’s project. In regard to the project, an essay competition was organized titled as, “Innovative Ideas on Democratic Activism of Youth in Pakistan”. Altogether, 20 essays were received from the youth of Pakistan which were sent to some experts for review. The experts included: Ms. Saima Jasam, Head of Programs, Heinrich Boll Stiftung Pakistan (HBS); Mr. Aamir Riaz, Expert on Education Policies; and Mr. Ali Salman, Founder & Director of Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME).

Bargad also took the initiative to compile the 10 best essays in the form of a booklet. And the booklet has been sent for editing and review to Ms. Saima Jasam after which it will be printed during the next quarter.

In collaboration with University of Gujrat, Bargad organized a five-day Training of Trainers Workshop on the theme of “Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses”  at university of Gujrat from July 5th-9th, 2013.

 

The workshop was a milestone achieved in the project titled “Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses” supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung Pakistan. The project falls under Bargad’s program “Peace and Youth Cooperation” which has entered its 13th year. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from 5 universities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

The training was based on the preceding manual which was developed by Sadia Atta Mehmood, after consultation with Britta Petersen-Country Director HBS, Sabiha Shaheen-Executive Director of Bargad, Iqbal Haider Butt-Youth and Development Consultant and was later tested with Bargad staff and volunteers from other regions of diverse culture and values.

 

The workshop was also attended by and speeches were delivered by Britta Petersen, Country Director of HBS, and Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin on different occasions.

 

The trainers/ facilitators of the workshop included: Ms. Sadia Atta Mehmood, Ms. Salma Butt, Mr. Nauman Ali Chaudry, Dr. Yasir Aftab Farooqi, Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan, Mr. Muhammad Taimoor Hassan and Ms. Saiqa Rani.

An amicable Training Of Trainers Workshop on “Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses

On July 9th, 2013, a radio program was aired at FM Awaz 106, University of Gujrat.

The subject matter of the radio program was: "Promotion of Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses". Discussion by the participants on the topic proved to be very insightful. The participants of the program were: Dr. Nasreen Ghufran, Ms. Sabiha Shaheen, Mr. Asad Asvad and Kiran Latif.

Media Forums-Radio Programme

Member of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) were briefed on youth issues and solutions were proposed in District Ghizer on 3rd of August, 2013, organized by the joint collaboration of Department of Youth Affairs GB and Bargad-Organization for Youth Development. The briefing session was attended by Members of Legislative Assembly: Dr. Ali Madad Shah (Minister Education, Law & Prosecution, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare), Ms. Yasmin Nazir (Member GBLA), and Mr. M. Ayub Shah (member GBLA). Members of the Civil Society Organizations and government officials also attended the session. Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan, GB Youth Policy Coordinator (Bargad) and Mr. Safiullah Assistant Director Tourism, briefed the honorable guests. It was for the first time that youth were being consulted  on the formulation of a policy. 
During the briefing it was shared that the process will cover all districts and tehsils of  GB. The process will be regularly updated on facebook, twitter and on a website dedicated to GB Youth Policy. GBLA members highly appreciated the process and asserted that the youth policy draft will truly represent youth voices. The following chart illustrates the activities in detail during the policy formation.

 

 Briefing to Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Members

GB Youth Policy Formation

Bargad –Organization for Youth Development in collaboration with Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has started a consultative process in the province for the formulation of GB Youth Policy. District Governments and Agha Khan Rural Support Programme have also extended their support to the process.

It is for the first time in history that stakeholders and beneficiaries are directly participating in the process. Far-reaching participation is ensured through consultative sessions, in-depth interviews and one on one meetings. Social media like facebook and twitter have been utilized for large participation of the youth. Moreover, a website www.gbyouthpolicy.pk has been dedicated to aware the youth and ensure their input. The policy will map out the contextual needs and situation of youth in their respective Tehsils and districts with the aim of catalyzing, informing and implementing a comprehensive conception of integrated youth development across the GB. 

The consultative process was conducted in all four tehsils of the district: Punial, Ishkoman, Gupis and Yasin. During these consultative processes a total of 315 youth participated, 49 % female and 51 % male, which comprised of youth: in prisons, adolescents, from workshops, out of school, from religious seminaries, differently-abled and vulnerable youth. In addition to formal consultative sessions, group discussions were also organized with youth in religious seminaries, jails and adolescent centers.

Youth identified many issues among which, ranked top was the generation gap and the inability of youth to share their concerns with their elders. Youth also displayed frustration regarding their inability to participate in the political process, lingering constitutional status of the province and limited powers of GBLA were areas of intense discussion for youth.

Why government does not grant us our rights?”---- a participant commented.

Among many proposed solutions some of which include: provision of youth participation and leadership models, life skills training, volunteerism and internship programmes, moralities and ethics programmes, platforms for youth engagement and participation, promotion of cultural and sports activities, building confidence among youth, promotion of reading culture, female parks and family entertainment places, skills development among youth, promotion of tourism and youth self esteem. Similar consultative process will also be conducted in other districts of GB including Hunza Nagar, Astore, Gahche, Sakardu, Gilgit and Diamer covering all 22 tehsils of the province. Following is the activity chart listing the consultation sessions in detail. During the month of July and August, Bargad organized a series of consultative sessions and interviews in the district Ghizer. The list of the consultative sessions is as:

Youth Policy Mapping Study for Gilgit-Baltistan

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Bargad Participation in regional policy dialogue Nepal

Text Box: “Are we, the youth, responsible and democratic with and within ourselves i.e. talks, attitude, behaviors and actions. How much do we listen to others and how much do we provide others opportunity to talk. We need to look into it. We need to change ourselves first. If we are democratic, peace will prevail”- Ms. Sabiha Shaheen.

Participation of Bargad in 4th National Youth Peace Festival 2013

Bargad’s Participation in Pakistan Gender Coalition

Bargad participated in "Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescent in South Asia" held in Kathmandu Nepal. During the dialogue Youth organizations from 8 SAARC countries were present and Bargad represented the youth of Pakistan. Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director of Bargad represented Bargad in this dialogue.

Bargad participated in consultative meeting on Pakistan Gender Coalition held from September 19th-20th, 2013 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. Ms. Saiqa Rani and Urooj (project beneficiary) participated in the meeting. Bargad implemented a project named “Youth for Women Leadership on Campuses” under Gender Equity Project (GEP) of Aurat Foundation funded by USAID. Bargad is a member of Pakistan Gender Coalition. 

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A consultation meeting was convened by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Lahore to seek input from youth organizations, youth experts, young activists and youth development practitioners on 23rd August 2013 to identify key strategic and thematic areas for intervention and prioritizing recommendations in action planning. Ms. Salma Butt and Mr. Khuram Shahzad from Bargad attended the consultation and put forth the strategic priorities that the proposed youth charter should encompass. They also assisted in refining the draft document linguistically.

 

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a regional organization established in 1985 to serve the South Asian region. The leaders, during the Sixteenth SAARC Summit (Thimphu, 28-29 April 2010), while recognizing the important role young people play in the region, directed the development of a SAARC Youth Charter and SAARC Youth Action Plan, to guide regional cooperation in this area. 

Bargad Attended a Consultation to Develop SAARC Youth Charter

Training Of Trainers Workshop on “Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses

In collaboration with University of Gujrat, Bargad organized a five-day Training of Trainers Workshop on the theme of “Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses”  at the university of Gujrat from July 5th-9th, 2013. The project falls under Bargad’s program “Peace and Youth Cooperation” which has entered its 13th year of operations. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from 5 universities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Rounded Rectangle: The sessions of the workshop included: what is critical thinking (including definitions), core critical thinking skills; practical exercises, obstacles to critical thinking, exploring the meaning of conflict through inner reflection and practicing critical thinking skills for conflict resolution

More than twenty one on one meetings, in-depth Interviews and group discussions were organized. In the consultative session a total of 315 Youth and multiple stakeholders actively participated in the process. While the number of Youth Organizations and concerned government departments involved in Ghizer totaled to 55 approx. The consultative process also included visits to the 2 adolescent Centers (Gahkoch and Ishkoman) and consultations with 50 adolescents (15-19 years). Significantly, consultative meeting with Youth in Madrassa and in-depth interviews with youth in prison were also organized. Members of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) were briefed on youth issues and solutions were proposed in District Ghizer on 3rd of August, 2013, organized with joint collaboration of Department of Youth Affairs GB and Bargad

Rounded Rectangle: “Youth is not a priority of the government, we are just considered as a force by political parties. Why government does not grant us our rights?”---- a participant commented.

Youth Policy Mapping for Gilgit-Baltistan: Consultations, Meetings  In-depth interviews and Briefing to Legislative Assembly Members

Bargad Strategic Plan

Bargad organized a Five-Day Workshop on "Bargad Strategic Plan" from August 24th-29th, 2013. All team members of Bargad participated in the workshop facilitated by Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan, and received hands-on training on formulating a successful strategic plan for the next five years. Bargad has successfully completed the 5-year strategic plan.

Asif Qureshi is an active peace ambassador, who is always enthusiastic towards peace building in the region. His passion for community and peace building drives him to motivate youth. He has been participating frequently in Bargad’s initiatives such as trainings and seminars where he demonstrated great interpersonal skills. He is a team oriented figure who loves to lead even in a challenging environment. He is a part of multiple youth forums, such as being an advisor in Pak-Afghan youth forum, founder of IM (volunteer & Proactive), focal person for ‘Ying’ and chief coordinator of KPK National Volunteer Movement including assisting Bargad in KPK youth policy formation. Presently, he is a lecturer in management sciences associated with many institutions at Peshawar.

 

Naila Yaseen is a hardworking and passionate volunteer of Bargad for a long period of time. Even though she is performing her duties as a principal in Hamida Shoukat Foundation School, she is always ready to participate in Bargad’s activities in spite of her busy schedule. She works passionately in mobilizing female youth of her school and community. She has lobbied Bargad well in her community and school. She also has facilitated enormously in Agahee Se Agey project of Bargad.

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Minza Yaqoob from Gujranwala is an enthusiastic volunteer of Bargad since 2005. She belongs to a conservative patriarchal family. However, she still managed to graduate from the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh.  In her yearly breaks from the university, she strengthened her bond with Bargad through her participation in multiple seminars, meetings, TOTs and other events.

Touseef Ahmed from Diamer, Gilgit-Balistan is an active and one of the best volunteers of Bargad since 1 year. He is promoting the mission and vision of Bargad among the youth of GB. He has worked passionately towards the formation of Gilgit-Baltistan Youth Policy. He also attended and facilitated the consultative sessions during the policy formation. Bargad also acknowledges his active participation in Training of Trainers (TOT) on “Youth Extremism and Radicalization”.       

                                                                                                                          

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Samma TV Acknowledging Bargad

In  media acknowledgement, Bargad featured in Samma Television‘s Program, Har Pakistani me Chuppa Hai Aik Hero, where 3 volunteers and  2 administrative staff members, Shahbaz Israr and Sabiha Shaheen elaborated the role of Bargad in developing critical thinking skills amongst the youth of Pakistan. Furthermore, Sabiha Shaheen defined Bargad as an umbrella organization  providing a platform to the scattered, politically un-recognized youth  to recognize their democratic role in the society.

Rounded Rectangle: Evaluating the situation, Bargad took the initiative to ensure a platform for a scattered mob of youth, where they can be enlightened about their neglected place in the society and can stimulated to participate actively.

Financial Audit and External Evaluation

One of the main characteristics of Bargad’s work is transparency and effective delivery of its programmes. Bargad external audit and evaluation of different projects was successfully carried out. Both external auditors and evaluators greatly admired effective and efficient systems of the organization.

Minza Yaqoob & M.Naveed Khan

Editor & Composer 

 

Bargad participated in the 4th National Youth Peace Festival held in Lahore by Chanan Development Association from 26th-28th September 2013. A youthful enthusiasm was visible in the crowd  participating in this activity. During the festival Bargad’s stall managed to be very popular. Out of a total number 191 visitors 125 became registered members.

Bargad also conducted a session in NYPF 2013 on “Tackling Youth Extremism in Pakistan”. Muhammad Usman Rasheed and Muhammad Naveed were the facilitators for the session. The one-hour session enlightened spectators on: types, causes along with some proposed solutions whereby extremism can be possibly eradicated by the youth.

Ms. Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director –Bargad, participated in NYPF as a panelist. She emphasized, “Peace comes with responsibility”.

    
Volunteers of the Quarter

1-1 Meetings

Date

Venue

Participants

1. Deputy Commissioner Ghizer (Mr. Sibttain Ahmad).
2. Social Welfare Officer (Ms. Jamila Shair).
3. President Union of Journalist (Mr. Yaqoob Alam).
4. DS Police (Mr. Jan Mohammad).
5. ED Tourism (Mr. Safi_Ullah).
6. Chairman, Ismalia Regional Council; (Mr. Naseer Ahmed).
7. Chairperson of Regional Education Board (Ms. Sajada Bano).
8. President Education Board, (Dado Khan Sabir).
7. AKRSP (Ms. Rehmat Wali).
8. Jail Warders (Hameed Khan, Khan Bahadur, Farman Ali, Hafeez-ur-Rehman and Kareem Jan).

9. Jail Prisoners

Meeting with Mr. Maqsood Mir, Chairperson of LSO Gahkoch

29 July 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 30th  July 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghizer, Thesil Punial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gahkoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

In Depth Interviews

Date

 

Venue

Participants

Meeting with Madrassa teachers on youth issues in Madrssa.

 

30th July 2013

Jammia Darul Aloom, Ghizer

Multiple Participants

 

 

 

 

With Mr. Nazir Ahmed

30th July 2013

District Bar Council

1

With Principal Chatorkhand High School

31st July 2013

Chatorkhand, Ishkoman

1

Visits

Date

Venue

Participants

Jail Prisoners

29 July 2013

Ghizer

Multiple Participants

Visit to Jammia Darul Aloom

 30th July 2013

Ghizer

Multiple Participants

Visit to Adolescence Center

 

30th July 2013

Upper Gahkoch

 

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Activity

Date

Venue

Districts Covered

Number of Participants

1

Consultative Session

30 July, 2013

Green Palace Hotel

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Punial

27

2

Consultative Session

31July, 2013

Adolescent Centre

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Ishkoman

6

3

Consultative Session

31 July, 2013

Govt College Ishkoman

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Ishkoman

35

4

Consultative Session

1 August, 2013

Govt College Yasin

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Yasin

23

5

Consultative Session

2August, 2013

Govt College Yasin

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Yasin

23

6

District Mega Consultation

3August, 2013

Green Palace Hotel

District Ghizer

41

7

Meeting Acknowledgement Form

Multiple

Multiple Places

District: Ghizer

38

8

Consultation with Adolescents

30 July 2013

Adolescent Center Upper Gakoch

District: Ghizer

25

9

Consultation with Adolescents

31 July, 2013

Adolescent Center Chitorkhand, Ishkoman

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Ishkoman

20

10

Consultation with Youth in Jails

29 July, 2013

Central Jail Ghizer

District: Ghizer

15

11

Consultation with Youth in Madrassa

30 July, 2013

Jamiah Dar-ul-Uloom Ghizer, Gakoch

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Punial

4

12

Briefing to the Members of the Legislative Assembly

3 of August, 2013

Green Palace Hotel

District: Ghizer. Tehsil: Punial

15

13

Meeting Acknowledgement Form

 

District Gilgit

 

38

 

Number of Youth and Stakeholders Involved

 

 

 

315