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Balochistan Youth Policy

Youth offer the key human resources for future. Their productivity, social outlook and engagement indicate the outcome a country has to achieve, and whatever the results are they are the most important beneficiaries of national development. In Pakistan and Balochistan, they are, additionally, the largest demographic group in an age of the youth bulge. The commitment to their active participation to the development processes and holistic and cross-sectoral empowerment in a systemic way have prompted the Government of Balochistan to formulate the Balochistan Youth Policy (BYP) 2015.  It was also necessitated after induction of the 18th Amendment to the Pakistani Constitution, which transferred authority over the Youth Affairs from the Centre to the Provinces.

The BYP 2015 is in line with parameters of the Balochistan Comprehensive Development Strategy (2013-2020) and the (proposed) Development Vision and Strategy (2015).  This synergy will further consolidate planning and development work of the present Government that has taken upon over-due tasks of development planning and sought to expand from project and scheme-based development into a province-wise framework for development.

The BYP 2015 pursues a course to engage youth of a province, which is generally marred by extreme poverty, lack of infrastructure and services and connectivity issues, making them vulnerable to risks attached with vulnerabilities. Based on an empowerment model, the policy is a comprehensive tool to uplift holistic situation of youth in economic, social and civil/political fields.  Through the policy, the Government will support youth achieving their personal development and help them build their economic competencies and life skills.

Thrust areas of the policy are employment and entrepreneurship; education for economic and social competencies; life skills; gender; integrated health and sports; tourism; peace building, and youth engagement. A matching institutional mechanism will be set at place to integrate youth work undertaken within different sectors; while youth organizations will be made the mobilizing arms of the Government. The Environment, Sports and Youth Affairs Department will be the focal point and coordinating agency for implementation of the policy. 

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1ST PEACE & YOUTH COOPERATION CAMP NARAN JUNE 2013

Amongst many other milestones of the organization, the Peace and Youth Cooperation Camp is another annual feature of Bargad. The first Peace and Youth Cooperation Camp was organized by the organization in 2013. More than 100 youth from all over the country participated, Naran and Lake Saif ul Malook was the destination and particiants stayed for 5 days with a lot of diffeinet activites and sharings.

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TACKLING YOUTH EXTREMISM IN PAKISTAN

This report documents the progress of the project titled “Tackling Youth Extremism in Pakistan”from February 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013.

Extremism among youth in Pakistan is an issue that calls for serious attention and focused strategy to cope with the menace. Addressing this challenge in a country like Pakistan is not smooth sailing given the rampant hate speech culture, a trend to always link such interventions with foreign agenda and relatively grown intolerance for many reasons in the society. Bargad takes pride to be among pioneers to mobilize and train youth on issues of radicalization and extremism since its inception. The current project was implemented with support of United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

The overall goal was to tackle youth extremism in Pakistan by youth training, media program design and strengthening implementation of relevant principles of national/provincial youth policy to curb political support to extremism and intolerance. It was a yearlong project intended to facilitate an environment of dialogue where issues of youth extremism, radicalization and tolerance are discussed and debated. Where the need to identify and acknowledge the issue as an indigenous one is realized and where a resolve is reached to tackle this menace which has emerged as a potential threat to the fabric of Pakistani society and country as a whole. A threat that has been shattering very silently the foundations of pluralistic culture, harmony and cooperation in the society and which have targeted the youth the most.

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Peace & Youth Cooperation Ten Years Of Partnership

The report is based on a thorough research which documents ten years partnership of Bargad and HBS. It provides an insight to the project, ?Peace and Youth Cooperation?. Study covers yearly analysis (2001 to 2010), case studies, best practices, project reports, feedback by the participants, ratio of male and female participants, number of direct and indirect beneficiaries, news clippings and youth participation and engagement in the project. BARGAD has pioneered a youth peace track not only at national level but also at South Asia level by establishing networking among students from various institutions of the region. Program on peace and youth cooperation is marked by six regional dialogues between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2003 to 2008; study on youth group cohesion; course on peace and youth cooperation; national survey on student politics, 2008; national Vice Chancellor?s conference; revisiting student politics in Pakistan, 2009; all Pakistan student leaders conference, 2009 and national youth conference on democracy, Islam and terrorism, 2010. Besides 214 activities including seminars, dialogues, trainings, study circles, meetings and other activities were organized in which 11612 (Eleven thousand six hundred and twelve) youth participated with 44% female and 56% male participation. The number of indirect beneficiaries reached to 757, 3132 approx.

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Global Youth Service Day Report

Global Youth Service Day is a superb campaign for meaningful youth engagement around the world. We are happy to be the part of the drive. In Pakistan, Bargad was selected as country partner for celebrating the day (April 15-17, 2011). Bargad along with its volunteers and members designed the activities. Activities were designed not only to include youth merely as beneficiaries but as the dynamic agents of change. The celebrations of the day won much appreciation around the country. But the main success of the part is that youth planned and led it to a meaningful activity. The report is exceptionally useful for those who are investing in youth sector for bringing positive change.

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Annual Report 2010

The annual report 2010 highlights youth development endeavors in Pakistan by Bargad. With the advent of 2010, Bargad following its 3years strategy included illiterate youth in addition to literate youth in realm of its planning and execution processes. With in-stream projects during the year, several new initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders working on issues relevant to youth development were developed in-line with sustainability and effectiveness of Bargad programmes. By the end of 2010, Bargad outreach increased to 52 universities. In 2010 activities, 11146 youth participated in 121 activities of Bargad, with 80.24% female and 19.75% male participation. The activities included 18 Seminars /total participants 2405; 17 Dialogues/ total Participants 679, 19 Training / total participants 5704; 02 Conferences/ total participant 500; 24 Other Activities/ total participant 1642; 35 Meetings/ total participant 198 and 06 Media Coverage Programmes/ total participants 24 related to peace, gender, democracy and human rights. A general trend in the increase of membership was also observed in 2010, during which 514 youth registered with Bargad as compared to 2009 during which the number was 390. Female registration increased by 7.8% in comparison to the previous year. The number of facebook followers by the end of 2010 reached to 1211. During the year, two conferences were organized: i) Three-day National Youth Conference on Democracy, Islam and Terrorism-Challenges and Solutions and; ii) National Youth Conference on Risks and Dividends of Youth Bulge in Pakistan.

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National Youth Conference On Risks And Dividends Of Youth Bulge In Pakistan

Youth issues are a subject of considerable debate as the government and development donors are gradually increasing investments on youth. The ascendance of youth issues to national priorities has primarily come from realization of the very outnumbering of young people in the country and due to what we call the ?youth bulge? and its potential implications. Given the seriousness of the issue, BARGAD in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a ?National Youth Conference on Risks and Dividends of Youth Bulge in Pakistan? at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore on August 8-10, 2010.

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Translating National Youth Policy Into Action

 

BARGAD organised a one-day consultative session on Translating National Youth Policy into Action as part of the All Pakistan Student Leaders Conference on Peace-building in Campuses (19-24 July, 2009). The key objectives of this session were to bring forward practical recommendations for the Action Plan of Youth Policy from young leaders of Pakistan; to sensitize the young leaders about the scope and relevance of National Youth Policy, and to encourage the participants to think about their roles in implementing the policy including project development, lobbying and advocacy.

 

It was a refreshing to see more than 88 student and youth leaders belonging to all mainstream student organizations, existing student councils and provincial youth assemblies (UNFPA) deliberated on the national youth policy and made recommendations.

The present report is a welcome note on interaction of student leaders with policy issues that may have direct bearing upon their national lives but are general obscured in the heat of party politics. On the other hand, it may also urge the donors and policy makers to create due need of political will for public good.

Supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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Report: Youth And Extremism

YOUTH AND EXTREMISM: This report narrates proceedings of a 1-day session on Youth and Extremism as part of the All Pakistan Student Leaders Conference on Peacebuilding in Campuses (19-24 July, 2009). The key objective of this session was to contribute to the political support against radicalisation of organised youth in Pakistan. It was an exclusive case in point where more than 88 student and youth leaders belonging to all mainstream student organisations and existing student councils discussed a very imperative subject of youth and extremism, Pakistan has to put up with all through its subsistence.

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Report: Provincial Autonomy And The Sources Of Internal Conflict In Pakistan

PROVINCIAL AUTONOMY AND THE SOURCES OF INTERNAL CONFLICT IN PAKISTAN: This report narrates proceedings of the consultative session held on 23 July 2009 during the All Pakistan Student Leaders? Conference on Peacebuilding in Campuses (19th-24th July 2009). This proved to be one of the most contested sessions, which aimed to provide platform for the student leaders from all corners of the country to promote nation building through cooperation

All Pakistan Student Leaders Conference On Peace-Building In Campuses

BARGAD organized an ?All Pakistan Student Leaders Conference on Peacebuilding in Campuses? for six days (19-24 July) in Lahore. This was a rare occasion to build political support against youth violence and extremism that has been one of the main reasons to ban student politics in Pakistan in 1984. It was also a historic event in which more than 80 student leaders belonging to all mainstream student organizations and existing student councils from every province and Azad Jammu and Kashmir participated.

Before this conference, it was deemed unthinkable that student organizations could get together under a single platform because many have known enmity with each other which also has caused the loss of deaths of student activists. However, BARGAD was successful to convince the student organizations ranging from Islami Jamiat Talaba, Peoples Students Federation to Jiye Sindh Student Mahaz to Pukhtun Students Federation and Baloch Student Organization and many others to publically talk to one another.

During this historic conference, the student leaders could chalk out a code of conduct for prospective student representative bodies on campuses; discussed youth and extremism issues; deliberated on the sensitive issue of provincial autonomy as a source of internal conflict and mapped out an action plan to turn the national youth policy into reality.

It is hoped that the Pakistan Student Leaders Conference on Peacebuilding in Campuses? would go a long way to contribute to student-centred, pro-peace and women-friendly campuses in Pakistan and has been instrumental in building blocks for national reconciliation.

Conference Programme

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National Conference On Peace-Building &Women Leadership Development In Campuses

 

This report documents a rare interaction in Pakistan between the higher education and the civil society practitioners to forge a multi-sector alliance for ensuring pro-peace and women friendly campuses in Pakistan. Participants and resource persons of the NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEACE-BUILDING &WOMEN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN CAMPUSES were mainly the Vice Chancellors (VCs) and senior faculty members from Pakistani Universities and higher education institutions.

 

The proceedings, papers and discussions of the national conference have been synthesized here. This report reflects high-valued input from an august house to also offer strategic depth to the political support against youth radicalization in our country

It is hoped that discussions, action plans and recommendations made by worthy participants of the national conference would help the higher education planners to chalk out their future strategies and facilitate to aggregate interests of all those who believe in a peaceful and thriving Pakistan.

Supported by Quilliam Foundation / Report by Iqbal Haider Butt

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THE IMPACT OF MILITARIZATION ON YOUTH

Published report of a seminar, where experts and youth are concerned over expansion of militarist mindset especially amongst youth in Pakistan. They are apprehensive that decisions are being increasingly made on the basis of balance of power in Pakistan.

Dr. Kaiser Bengali, Mr Irfan Mufti, Mr. Sohail Warraich, Mr. Zafar ullah Khan, Mr. Azam Nazeer Tarar, Ms Fareeda Sher and Ms Neelum Hussain take on the issue from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds to resist militarization of the society.

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