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e-newsletter July-September 2011

In this issue, we emphasize the women leadership development that has become a sine qua non for human development at large and without mainstreaming girls and women in the overall developmental process nations remain unable to achieve successes in their individual and collective role. BARGAD has been a staunch proponent of women leadership since its inception and has successfully executed many projects which have significantly impacted the lives of hundreds of women within district Gujranwala as well as at national level.

The increasing enrollment of girls in higher education is great sign of expected future change in the Pakistani society. By the end of 2010, girls were 47 percent of all enrollments of 64 public universities and degree awarding institutions. In general education category they were leading with ratios of 51 percent against 49 percent for boys. The statistics of degree colleges (classes XI-XIV) indicate a radical change in demography of Pakistani campuses with 60.8 percent girls studying at this level as against 39.20 percent boys.

e-newsletter Oct-December 2011

Dear Readers,
Women empowerment and gender equality remained prominent features of Bargad activities during the last quarter of 2011. Bargad conducted a Baseline Survey on Youth for Women Leadership on Campuses. Numerous discussions and trainings also organized on the subject of women leadership. Furthermore, a curriculum was designed to promote the knowledge on gender equality and to highlight the issues of harassment and women leadership on campuses.
Jawan Bargad groups 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.
Dear Readers, your feedback is valuable to us. Kindly share your experiences at info@bargad.org.pk. You can also send us your write-ups of around 250-300 words related to youth issues.

e-newsletter Jan-Mar 2012

Dear Readers,
Thank you for being in touch during the year 2011, we have received amazing write-ups from you. We hope that this affiliation will further strengthen in 2012. Initiatives like Aman Ittehad Rally and celebrating International Women Day proved to be a good source for creating awareness on women rights and promoting peace. Different meetings and trainings on Extremism also helped in tackling youth extremism. Due to extensive ToTs on Life Skill Based Education, female education remained the highlighted feature of Bargad.
Dear Readers, your feedback is valuable to us. Kindly share your experiences at info@bargad.org.pk. You can also send us your write-ups of around 250-300 words related to youth issues.

e-newsletter Apr-Jun 2012

Dear Readers,
Bargad marked another huge success when Punjab Youth Policy launched in this quarter on June 6, 2012 alongwith hundreds of youth invited from all over Pakistan. It was the first ever youth policy which included end beneficiaries (youth) in formulating process of the policy to take their valuable input. Bargad also celebrated Mother’s Day with hundreds of females in Gujranwala and a book “Khwab se Tabeer Tak” disseminated and appreciated. Furthermore, to educate and sensitize youth, different trainings, media programs and seminars etc. organized to raise awareness on tackling extremism under the project Tackling Youth Extremism in Pakistan. We appreciate and prolong thanks to our volunteers and team members for showing their concerns and hard work during each and every event. Without their support and untiring efforts it will be difficult to achieve a great success.
Dear Readers, your feedback is valuable to us. Kindly share your experiences at info@bargad.org.pk. You can also send us your write-ups of around 250-300 words related to youth issues.

e-newsletter Jul-Sep 2012

Dear Readers,
Youth policies are a commitment from both, youth and government, to perform their responsibilities and transform their skills for personal and social development. Extensive consultations organized during the quarter in two provinces (Khyber Pakhtunkha & Sindh) whereas MOU signed for Azad Jammu & Kashmir youth policy. The initiative of Bargad Youth Hub against Extremism was also taken during the quarter to promote reforms for pro-peace, women friendly and youth centered policies on Pakistani campuses.
Dear Readers, your feedback is valuable to us. Kindly share your experiences at info@bargad.org.pk. You can also send us your write-ups of around 250-300 words related to youth issues.

e-newsletter Oct-Dec 2012

 

Dear Readers,

This issue highlights the formulation process of provincial youth policies, Young Ambassadors of Peace and Agahee say Agay and other initiatives by Bargad for promotion of youth development across Pakistan.
34 consultations covering 21 districts of the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh were organized during the last quarter of 2012. The consultations, interviews and surveys mapped out youth issues and will be an important input to devise context specific youth policies. The current issue also informs on Punjab Youth Policy’s implementation, which includes: Youth help line, youth festival and internship programs, among few to mention.
Meetings and sessions were organized under the project Agahee se Agay to sensitize female youth about their social issues and possible solutions for empowering girls.
Bargad also organized debate competitions in 22 districts across Pakistan to select Young Ambassadors of Peace for provincial round to be held in the next quarter.
Your feedback in this regards is valuable to us. Kindly share your experiences at info@bargad.org.pk. You can also send us your write-ups of around 250-300 words related to youth issues.

e-newsletter Jan-Jun 2013
Dear Readers,
The dawn of the New Year has brought an array of opportunities and hope to the youth of the country where Bargad has played an instrumental role in shaping a new horizon for the youth development in Pakistan. The youth policy work by Bargad in all four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir is unique effort done by any organization in the history of Pakistan which promises to bring happiness and development in the country. In 2012, Punjab Youth Policy was launched by the Government of the Punjab, whose implementation is now benefiting youth. Bargad is constantly watching and lobbying for the effective implementation of the policy. Youth policies of other provinces are in phase of approval and it is hoped that the current year will prove to be pivotal to head start and boast the youth development endeavors in Pakistan. One of the important features of the youth policy work is data collection on youth from all corners of the country and devising youth policy drafts which are context specific and deal with the challenges of youth at local level. Bargad takes pride to reveal that the organization is now the largest databank on youth issues and solution in Pakistan, most importantly the data is collected from the field and represents the largest ever consultative process in the country. The organization is now an umbrella for youth development efforts both at policy and grassroots level with its outreach to more than 90 districts of Pakistan, 52 educational institutes, and nearly 800 civil society organizations. The year 2013 seems to be promising for garnering the potential of government, civil society and youth for social, political and economic empowerment of youth.
The current issue covers activities of Bargad from January 2013 to June 2013. An important feature of the e-news is that you will be able to listen to the youth voices and proposed solution in their own voices.
“Youth is just for wall-chalking, arranging chairs during election campaigns, managing people to cast votes for the party but politicians are not sincere with us, they just cash our passion”,
---a young participant of a consultative session commented.

The main projects included: Youth Policy Advocacy; Tackling Youth Extremism in Pakistan; Peace and Youth Cooperation; Young Ambassadors of Peace; and, Youth Peace Camp.
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 the work of volunteers and youth development practitioners to you. If you are a youth and are working on social issues then kindly share your experiences or stories at volunteer@bargad.org.pk. We look forward to receive your amazing stories and work. Let it be highlighted and let the world know your spark.

HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Under project, Youth Advocacy, consultations were held in 4 districts of Balochistan
  • Radio programs, media forums and discussions conducted and articles published under Youth Hub against Extremism
  • 1st Peace and Youth Cooperation Camp organized.
  • In 24 districts of Pakistan speech competitions held under Young Ambassadors of Peace Project
  • MoU Signing Ceremony on Gilgit-Baltistan youth Policy
  • National Youth Conference attended by Executive Director, Bargad
  • Publications Published
  • Meeting on Sindh Youth policy
  • Workshop & ToT on Promoting Peace & Democracy
  • Survey

e-newsletter Jul-Sep 2013
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 and one on one meeting. 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 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!

HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Printing of the Youth Voices on Democratic Activism of Youth
  • Emergence of Bargad on Samma TV
  • TOT workshop on Promoting Peace and Democracy through Critical Thinking among Youth on Campuses
  • Gilgit-Baltistan Youth Policy formation: Consultations, Visits and In-depth Interviews
  • Bargad Attended a Consultation to Develop SAARC Youth Charter
  • Bargad’s Participation in Pakistan Gender Coalition
  • Participation of Bargad in 4th National Youth Peace Festival
  • Bargad’s Participation in Pakistan Gender Coalition.
  • Bargad’s Participation in Regional Policy Dialogue in Nepal.

e-newsletter April-June 2011

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.

e-newsletter January-March 2011

In this issue we celebrate the 18th amendment that is believed to be the herald of provincial autonomy in Pakistan. Bargad has long been advocating for the provincial autonomy and it is hoped that provinces will receive the promised additional powers as a result of the abolition of the concurrent list (47 different subject matters) in the constitution of Pakistan; large amounts of economic and political authority will shift to the provinces. The issue of transfer of power to provinces is not as simple as perceived earlier. Linking provincial autonomy with decentralization within provinces is an essential step to ensure good governance. As a result of the 18th amendment, some important ministries including Youth and Education have entered in the different phases of devolution. It needs a special attention from civil society. Implementation commission has to complete her work till June 2011, yet political consensus remains in doldrums which is not good for the future of democratic process.

National Youth Advocacy Platform, a joint initiative of Bargad and UNFPA, is advocating and lobbying in all four provinces including ICT, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK for integrated youth development reforms in Pakistan.

e-newsletter October-December 2010

Youth development and youth engagement are key factors for bringing peace and stability in the region. Engagement of youth in different activities provides them with opportunities to utilize their potentials and skills. It benefits youth from skills obtained for from these activities and learn how to plan actions, design and coordinate activities, volunteer time for day to day youth work and communicate on behalf of youth and so on. Bargad activities link personal development of youth with social development. This builds their capacity to interact with experienced people and equip themselves by handling difficult situations. Moreover, Pakistan is also experiencing youth bulge that has made country more susceptible to civil strife. According to Policy Brief, “Public and Policy Imperatives for Youth Bulge in Pakistan” it is stated that, “Youth is evidently visible in campus violence and extremist activities. There is a need to engage to involve young people in effective behavioral change communication for internalizing values of tolerance, openness, dialogue and peaceful resolutions of the issues. Preventive actions also need to address economic, political and cultural factors of extremism and realize youth the economic, political and psychological costs of extremism. It is envisaged that creation of open platforms facilitates anti-extremism environment; as it is often linked with suppression of youth feelings.”

e-newsletter July-September 2010

The reported period of this e-newsletter (July to September 2010) has proved to be a milestone to the youth development advocacy work in Pakistan. BARGAD acted as the main instrument to form and is now the secretariat of the National Youth Advocacy Platform (NYAP) Pakistan.

NYAP is a concrete output of the “National Youth Conference on Risks and Dividends of Youth Bulge in Pakistan” that was organized by BARGAD in Lahore on 8-10 August 2010.

The organization thanks UNFPA for supporting this nationwide coalition and felicitates stakeholders to be part of this crucial initiative.

It is reassuring that NYAP has been founded as a premier coalition to vanguard rights of the Pakistani youth and to duly and urgently put them on high priority of the national policy agenda. It is a nationwide coalition of multiple stakeholders to guide public and policy actions for integrated youth development in Pakistan. It is a composed of representatives of students, faculty members and administration from universities, youth experts, civil society, and youth organizations along with elected and non-elected representatives of government and international civil society working on youth issues in Pakistan.

e-newsletter April-June 2010

From April to June Bargad organized a number of activities ranging from seminars, dialogues, visits, meetings and trainings and also attended activities arranged by other organizations.

The issues under focus were: Structural Violence against Woman, Empowering girls- Transforming Communities, Security Council Resolution 1325, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committees, Youth Leadership Skills, and networking with other organizations.

In addition to it a number of activities on issues related to youth development were arranged with universities that have been reported in the e-news,

e-newsletter January-June 2010

In this issue we celebrate the 18th amendment that is believed to be the herald of provincial autonomy in Pakistan. Bargad has long been advocating for the provincial autonomy and it is hoped that provinces will receive the promised additional powers as a result of the abolition of the concurrent list (47 different subject matters) in the constitution of Pakistan; large amounts of economic and political authority will shift to the provinces. The issue of transfer of power to provinces is not as simple as perceived earlier. Linking provincial autonomy with decentralization within provinces is an essential step to ensure good governance. As a result of the 18th amendment, some important ministries including Youth and Education have entered in the different phases of devolution. It needs a special attention from civil society. Implementation commission has to complete her work till June 2011, yet political consensus remains in doldrums which is not good for the future of democratic process.
National Youth Advocacy Platform, a joint initiative of Bargad and UNFPA, is advocating and lobbying in all four provinces including ICT, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK for integrated youth development reforms in Pakistan.