and scientific studies establish that youth is synonymous to energy
and potential. If this energy and potential is channelized properly
it may lead to sustainable peace and development, otherwise, the untapped
potential may indulge into destructive activities. The theme of youth
becomes especially important when youth outnumbers other segments of
the society. it is noteworthy that Pakistan is passing through
a demographic transition where a large chunk is already in the age bracket
of youth (15 to 29 years) and more population is entering the structures,
a state called youth bulge. Youth becomes a central theme in a country
that is passing through a wave of terrorism and extremism and where
youth does not have opportunities to participate and engage in social,
economic and political spheres of the society. Such alienations and
isolation causes raise in frustration and insecurity among youth. After
18th amendment in the constitution of Pakistan, National Youth Policy
was defunct and it was the need of the hour to work for provincial youth
policies. Bargad as a leading youth organization of Pakistan took the
initiative in collaboration of UNFPA to provide technical assistance
to the Government of the Punjab to formulate youth policy of the province.
The policy process is marked with participation and engagement of youth.
It will be the ever first youth policy of the country in which youth
are consulted and context specific approach has been adopted. The process
includes consultations, interviews, survey, media campaign, advocacy
and lobbying for successful formulation and launching of the youth policy.
The input of youth is also taken through a dedicated website and a facebook
group. In addition to youth policy initiative, Bargad also successfully
organized activities across Pakistan on: Woman Leadership on Campuses,
peace and youth cooperation and life skills trainings.
is dedicated to our volunteers who are working for youth development
across the country. Our volunteers are our most valuable asset who plays
a key role in planning and implementation of our programs and projects.
During the year the organization successfully upgraded the Volunteer
Management System which will further assist us in reaching out youth.
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The Punjab Youth Policy: Bargad and UNFPA are providing technical
assistance to provincial governments in formulating provincial youth
policies and Punjab Youth Policy will be the first ever provincial youth
policy in history of Pakistan which will provide a comprehensive framework
to constitute and build the strategies for youth development and participation.
In this regard, series of activities were planned and executed. During
the quarter, a series of consultations, interviews and reviews etc.
were organized and surveys were conducted to take the input of youth
to be incorporated in Punjab Youth Policy Draft. Sessions were organized
in different districts with youth, parliamentarians, youth researchers,
practitioners and marginalized & vulnerable youth groups. The process
helped in identifying youth issues and also provided opportunity to
youth to propose solutions to the issues identified during the consultations.
Survey on Youth for Women Leadership on Campuses: During October
to December 2011, Bargad implemented a project, entitled “Youth
for Women Leadership on Campuses” under Gender Equity Program
of Aurat Foundation. A number of consultations, focus group discussions
with faculty members, administration and a baseline survey were carried
out in the 10 focused universities from all 4 provinces of Pakistan.
Baseline was conducted through Structured Survey Form by taking a sample
of 1335 people which includes students, teachers, administration staff
etc. The goal of the survey was to analyze the mechanism, composition
and perceptions of gender disparity on campuses for improving women
regard, One week visits, from Oct-Dec 2011, were carried out in all
concerned universities of all over Pakistan for the baseline survey
and networking. Project team members supervised the activities organized
to conduct survey, trainings etc. Networking meetings were conducted
with registrar, director student affairs and different head of the departments.
Project orientation was given to the youth organization as well. Project
and BARGAD also introduced to youth and women development ministers.
TV Channel exclusively arranged a program on the issue of Harassment
focusing the findings of Baseline, Curricula, field visits and Policy
Brief of Bargad under the project. Representatives of National Youth
Leaders Network and Bargad were the panelists of this program.
of curricula on Youth for Women Leadership on Campuses
designed to promote the knowledge on gender equality concepts among
students and to highlight the issues related to harassment and women
leadership on campuses. It aims to change the behavior ensuring gender
sensitivity and building a positive attitude leading to actions which
make campuses women friendly. It also discuss for increasing resources
for faculty members of universities.
was hired to develop the curricula and literature on youth and gender
was reviewed for the first draft. Then a series of meetings/consultations
were carried out individually with youth experts and gender experts
like Neelum Hussain and Dr. Raana Malik to finalize the first draft.
Meetings with academia, civil society, youth & gender experts and
youth were conducted to take the further in-depth input on curricula
and second draft was prepared. It was decided that final draft will
be prepared after the TOT on Youth for Women Leadership on Campuses
that will be held with 20 participants of faculty members from different
universities. Program of the training was also finalized where Neelum
Hussain from Simorgh suggested that training should start with a session
on gender equality on campuses so that the understanding of participants
with issue being measured and a thorough ground can be built.
and Youth Cooperation
organized a series of activities under project “Peace and Youth
Cooperation” in collaboration with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
during months from October to December 2011. Jawan Bargad groups were
formed and educated on themes of extremism, civic education, social
responsibility, volunteerism, cooperation and more through different
trainings, meetings, consultative sessions and visits. Objective of
these sessions and meetings was to aware the youth about their strength,
rights and responsibilities so they can work in their full capacity
and can add value towards development of society. Some of the detail
regarding the activities under this project are;
held with students of universities on Oct 26, 2011 where feedback
was taken about executed activities and input was taken for future
held on Oct 27, 2011 on Political Activism of Youth with students’
leaders of Balochistan who belong to different organizations
meetings held during three visits to set the objectives of the
group, analyze the issues of youth of Balochistan and what sort
of initiatives group must take for development of Balochistan
youth. Issues of political activism, representation of students
on campus, conflicts among Balochistan and Punjab youth and women
quota for leadership positions were discussed
BARGAD Lahore organized four activities during October to December
2011 on issues of youth development, youth bulge, role of democracy,
women leadership, women and youth friendly policies, volunteerism
and others on 4 Oct 2011, 23 Oct 2011, 4 Dec 2011 and 28 Dec 2011
of Jawan Bargad Sargodha held on December 14, 2011 on Youth Policy
say Agay ()
aims to inculcate and promote a culture of equal opportunity for girls,
developing leadership skills of adolescent girls by involving female
teachers of high schools to impart life skills education comprising
of life skills, social empowerment, sexual reproductive health information
and economic empowerment in addition to regular curriculum.
on Women, conflict and Peace
October 14 to 16, 2011 a consultative workshop organized by ASR Recourse
Center at its office in Lahore. The organizations working directly on
peace and resolution from across the country participated. Purpose was
to bring into light those who have worked or can play role in thematic
areas for rights of women, minorities and other marginalized communities.
Ms. Bushra Sadiq (Senior Program Officer) represented Bargad at the
with Group of Working Women/Community Girls
organized a consultative session with a group of Working Women/Community
Girls on November 3, 2011 at Bargad office, Gujranwala. Ms. Sabiha Shaheen
facilitated the session and briefed participants about policy in context
of their problems and issues. Participants highlighted transportation
and mobility as the major issues for women in society. Working women
shared their views about security, freedom and raised their voice to
register the complaint of being harassed during work situations. Community
girls highlighted the point of early marriages and expressed their desperation
for the situation when they are not allowed to take decisions.
with Community/Rural Young Boys
04, 2011 was concluded with the consultative meeting on Punjab Youth
Policy with a diverse group of young boys of community from city and
outskirts. Meeting was held in Bargad office, Gujranwala.
in the education system and the quality of curricula were discussed.
Disparity within educational institutes was criticized by the participants
and pointed out the problem of self esteem and self actualization which
could be handled through different capacity building trainings and programs
on civic responsibilities.
with Minority Youth
arranged another consultative session on November 18, 2011 with the
minority group of Francisabad, Gujranwala within their vicinity and
Khuram Shahzad was the facilitator. Francisabad is a town 20 KM away
from the city where Christians dwell predominantly. Existing members
and volunteers put their efforts in organizing the meeting as it was
important to take minorities on board in consultative process for Punjab
youth policy. The group was comprised of students and young activists
and gender balance was ensured though.
at the outset introduced the project and partners who were working on
the project and sought their feedback over the initiative as well as
minority perspective with regard to the Punjab youth Policy. It was
highly appreciated by the group of taking the minority perspective in
these consultations and discussing their concerns as they are not mainstreamed
ever in any of the developmental process. It was discussed that although
socio-economic disparity is prevalent across the province/country but
minority is specifically affected and there are fewer employment opportunities
for minority youth.
Consultation with Academia, Students
Shaheen (Executive Director, Bargad) facilitated the consultative meeting
in Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan on November 18, 2011 with academia.
The purpose was to take feedback and perspective from academia fraternity
and students. The vice Chancellor of BZU appreciated the initiative
by the civil society to go side by side with the government machinery
in formulating the Punjab Youth Policy.
in formulating the policy and the goal of the project was shared with
the students and faculty members where they also put some questions
regarding progress of the whole process. It was primarily meant for
the orientation of the group so they can proactively participate in
the following session and could share their feedback. The group raised
their voice and highlighted the youth issues with special reference
to the needs of youth in South Punjab. Majority of the group highlighted
that education system and institutes are neglected and few in number
all over southern Punjab. From the portal of Punjab Youth Policy, academia
demanded to initiate such programs that can foster harmony and cooperation
beyond all lingual, cultural and geographical biases among the youth.
Also it was recommended that incentives should be announced for the
youth in less privileged and under developed areas of the province
with Youth Organizations, Rawalpindi
Sadiq from Bargad facilitated a one day consultation with youth organizations
in Rawalpindi on November 23, 2011. Purpose was to collect the views
of people belonged to different vicinities of Rawalpindi. Discourse
on youth issues and their possible solutions were initiated after a
brief introduction of the project. Gender discrimination and mobility
issues related to females were highlighted and demanded a better infrastructure.
It was also suggested that government should start and promote local
industry and vocational institutions should be built. Government should
also initiate programs for civic education as well.
Consultation with Civil Society Groups/Activists
organized a consultation on mapping the youth issues with Civil Society
activists on November 24, 2011 at Hotel Pearl Continental, Rawalpindi.
Ms. Sadia Atta Mehmood from UNFPA started the session and discussed
youth issues, possible solutions with some recommendations as well.
She emphasized that youth must understand politics for their personal
development as well as for the collective benefits of the society.
Youngsters should initiate sessions of informal education in peer and
focus group discussions and by conducting trainings of street youth.
She further elaborated that all the areas of health, education, economy
and politics are very much interlinked and dependent on each other.
We will have to adopt multiple strategies to address the varied needs
of diverse youth groups.
Response from the
audience was appreciative and added value to the prospect of subject
matter. It was responded that youth of today need to realize and figure
out what role (s)he wants to play in society in any domain. We cannot
ignore any aspect, life skills, education, decision making, socio-political
awareness and a good sense on economy for youth development. There should
be a separate section on legal rights of youth that could comprise further
sub-categories on different aspects. Promotion of indigenous skills
is very much inevitable for economic growth, youth need to feel proud
on these skills to learn and practice.
Abbas from AMAL gave a short presentation on Social Empowerment of youth.
He highlighted the key issues & challenges faced by youth like SRHR,
curriculum, parental support and forced marriages etc. along-with strategies
for youth mobilization and involvement in active citizen programs that
youth should concentrate and some recommendations like trainings and
awareness programs as well.
also appreciated and seconded the suggestion by Salma Rehmat of having
a mapping at Punjab level that would bring about demand and levels of
employment in various sectors.
Consultation with Youth at Khanpur, RYK
meeting with youth of Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan was arranged by BARGAD
and Ms. Salma Rehmat, a youth expert, facilitated the meeting on November
28, 2011 and divided the consultation in three sessions
first session issues & challenges related to political empowerment
of youth were highlighted, and discussed, that youth need to assess
the political system and should take interest in electoral system. It
is a fact that discontinuity of local government system gives way to
political frustration and hence we don't see any political activism
on the part of youth. Dearth of young leadership and less opportunities
and learning are the outcomes of stated issues. Awareness programs on
political rights to sensitize youth about political system must be initiated
and local governance system should be vibrant. Also, reserved seats
in provincial assemblies and parliament must be insured to motivate
and third session belonged to Social & Economic Empowerment where
participants expressed their views and gave valuable suggestions. It
was agreed that youth lack in social mobilization and need to have respect
for skill based professions. At government level, technical and vocational
training centers, higher education institutes should be built to support
and educate youth. Seminars on social mobilization and awareness of
basic rights can also add value. On the other hand, as a long term strategy,
small industries should be built for the skilled youth as well. Furthermore,
merit based selection, scholarships and funding for co-curricular and
extracurricular activities will definitely motivate the youth to strive
for excellence. Government should also formulate career counseling cells
and create opportunities for formal and non-formal education for student
Meeting with Youth of Bahawalpur
with 40 participants was arranged and Ms. Salma Rehmat went to conduct
the meeting at Department of Political Science & Gender Studies,
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur on November 29, 2011. Session was
conducted in different aspects of political, social and economic empowerment
started the consultation by introducing Bargad and the project of provincial
youth policies. She chalked out some issues and problems youth facing
today and inquired participants for their input as it would be easier
for Bargad in mapping youth issues and solutions.
highlighted that lack of awareness about rights and responsibilities
among youth is the cause of youth exploitation. Political and social
environment lacks youth involvement which causes imbalanced relations
and information transformation among people and institutions. As we
move towards fringes, problem gets worse and outcomes are drastic e.g.
gender discrimination, unemployment, lack of recognition about skilled
labor and more. Participants responded to the situation and said youth
forums and social dialogues should be organized for civic education
and there is a strong need to create participatory platforms to sensitize
the youth as well. We live with the mindset of male dominated society
which should be criticized and resources should be allocated equitably.
Further, government must take positive measures to ban extremist &
fundamentalist groups. To strengthen the economic conditions we need
to acknowledge and encourage skilled labor and vocational education.
Government should initiate steps to broadening the employment base and
syllabi need a revision as per emerging needs as well. Small and medium
size enterprises can be established and encouraged to broaden the market
Session on The Punjab Youth Policy with Female Youth , Lahore
2, 2011 UNFPA organized a meeting on age related issues of adolescent
girls with youth focused organizations. Ms. Sabiha Shaheen and Ms. Bushra
Sadiq represented Bargad in the meeting. Objective was to highlight
the problems younger girls face especially in far flung areas and to
come up with positive solutions to educate and sensitize the people.
The health needs of adolescent girls are ignored in many developing
countries. There is an urgent need for expanded access to information
and services that address the specific reproductive and sexual health
issues of young people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable girls.
of Master Trainers on “Political Activism of Youth”
the project of “Peace and youth Cooperation” Bargad organized
training for master trainers from December 16 to 18, 2011.
on various issues like extremism, killing in the name of blasphemy law,
capitalism, socialism, cold war and upcoming elections of Pakistan,
importance of mandates of parties, peace, and gender gave a deep understanding
to the participants. This training was among one of the steps of Bargad
leading the youth towards the leadership positions. Training was the
ever first training for the participants where they got the opportunity
to understand the culture of different parts of the country. The participants
belonged to Jamshoro Sindh, Panjgour Balochistan, Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Multan, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Miawali, Sargodha, Hafizabad, Dera Ismail
Khan, Khanpur, and Lahore. Hence the training brought the flavor of
capacity building, the organizations seek youth of Pakistan to accelerate
the process of development whether it is their personal development
or social development independently, which could be accomplished by
personal and intellectual grooming, confidence, understanding with issues
and ways to resolve them. To achieve this vision, BARGAD started to
form core groups in different areas of Pakistan with the name of Jawan
BARGAD. The members of these groups prolonged their advocacy of peace
and cooperation in their respective areas and linked things at provincial
and national level.
Meeting at Department of History and Pakistan Studies, University of
to Punjab Youth Policy, Bargad organized a meeting at Department of
History and Pakistan Studies, University of Sargodha in which total
number of audience was 150. Dr. Naudir Bakht, Chairman Department of
History & Pakistan Studies was the moderator who introduced project
to the participants.
about the first draft of the youth policy was made and different views
and reviews were presented on the draft during the consultation. Majority
highlighted that draft speaks less about the province of Punjab, its
culture and specific issues related to it. Statistical analysis of youth
with respect to Punjab province should be highlighted in the draft and
mechanisms to avoid brain drain were the discourse of meeting. It was
suggested that there is a need to provide recreational activities to
youth especially rural youth and curricula must be revised. There was
a long debate on the role of media and commented that media need to
avoid bringing more frustration among youth and should promote positive
aspects of society to encourage youth in social life.
Consultations with Members of Provincial Assembly
were held at Punjab Provincial Assembly building, Lahore on 21st, 27th
and 29th December 2011. Sessions were facilitated by Ms Salma Butt and
Ms Sabiha Shaheen. It was a breakthrough in the whole consultative process
where another stakeholder from the Government machinery not only taken
on board but it also offered cooperation for further taking the process.
with Provincial Assembly of Punjab is an outcome of the understanding
with Chief Minister Youth Mobilization Committee of which Khawaja Saad
Rafiq is convener and Deputy Speaker RanaMashhood Ahmad Khan is focal
consultative meetings were presided over by Deputy Speaker, Provincial Assembly
of the Punjab and each meeting was attended by no less than 25 MPAs.
Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Visit to Bargad Office:
Mashhood Ahmad Khan (Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly) addressed to volunteers
and Bargad team on December 26, 2011 during his visit to Bargad office
and explained the problems, government faced, in addressing youth issues
and to create productive environment for youth and country development.
On the contrary, youth was also very eager to get satisfactory answers
in this changing political scenario of Punjab. They asked rigorous questions
regarding the performance of Punjab Government especially to addressing
youth issues. Mr. Mashhood briefly explained the
they had to face and the achievements even in these adverse circumstances.
Notables of Gujranwala, Ms. Samina Zarrin Advocate and Mr. Khalid Chisti,
Chairman Private Schools Association were also present on the occasion
along-with more than 100 participants.
Meetings with Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Punjab
of meetings were held at Youth Affairs Department during months of October,
November and December 2011. Khurm Shahzad from Bargad facilitated the
sessions with government officials.
was held with Additional Secretary, Mr. Syed Tahir Raza Hamdani and
Deputy Secretary Mr. Maqbool Malik on 18th Oct 2011. The meeting was
intended to share the progress at both ends and to further planning
the activities for execution of the project. During the meeting it was
shared by the officials that Youth Affairs has been separated from IC&YA
department and a separate department is being created.
Nov 2011, meeting with Tahir Raza of Information and Culture department
was organized to seek his support for taking forward the Punjab Youth
Policy work with the newly established Youth Affairs, Sports, Tourism
and Archeology Department, Government of the Punjab.
another meeting was held on 10th Nov 2011 with Additional Secretary
Mr. Rana Tahir Akram and with Mr. Salman Tanveer Section Officer of
the department. They were briefed on the project and developments that
had been going on with their predecessor department.
Secretary Mr. Rana Tahir Akram was further requested to call on and
a meeting was held on 3rd Dec 2011. Ongoing consultative process and
the consultative meetings in the pipeline were discussed and conjured.
Mr. Khuram also requested him for ensuring the departments' representation
in the upcoming consultative meetings and to arrange a meeting with
Secretary of the department.
the Secretary Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik of Youth Affairs department consented
to meet on 19th December 2011 and briefed on the developments with regard
to the Punjab Youth Policy project. Deputy Secretary, Mr. Maqbool Malik
prolonged his support to go further on all levels.
of Youth Projects with Government of Punjab
activity was aimed to take on board the government officials on the
Punjab Youth Policy consultative process and to have access over public
documents relating to the youth projects across the province of Punjab.
Ms. Sabiha Shaheen and Mr. Khuram Shahzad from Bargad organization conducted
eight meetings in total with the concerned officials in various departments
of the Government of Punjab for the advocacy and lobbying of Punjab
Youth Policy. Below is the brief detail of meetings held with different
stakeholders who have been facilitating the process or have promised
to render all due support.
Representative Muslim league (N)
Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly
Rana Sana Ullah
Law Minster Punjab
Member Provincial Assembly (MPA)Punjab
Coordinator to CM Punjab
Deputy Secretary to CM Punjab
Law officer Punjab Assembly
Dr. Allah Baksh
Secretary Archeology, Sports, tourism
and Youth affairs
Muhabbat Shujja Rana
Sr. Officer Punjab Assembly
P.A to RanaMashood
P.A to MaryamNawaz
Representative Muslim league youth
P.A to SaadRafique
Mrs of Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly
Naila Yaseen belongs
from Bahawalnagar and an active volunteer of Bargad since long. She
is performing her duties as a principal of Hameeda Shokat Ali Foundation
in Sherakot Gujranwala. Besides, her workload, she mobilizes students,
community girls and females for their responsibilities as an active
citizen. She also works in promoting and educating females about women
rights, conduct different sessions on gender equality and other awareness
programs. Moreover, she also facilitated Bargad in “Aaghee se
Agay” during the visits, meetings, sessions and trainings.