BROCHURE OF BARGAD (BILINGUAL)
Brochure in English and Urdu introducing vision, mission, values, key qualification, programme and thematic areas, partners, staff, BoD and contacts of the organization.
Tackling Youth Extremism in Pakistan
Pakistan is passing through demographic transition where youth (15-29 years) represents more than 33 percent of the total population, a situation called ‘Youth Bulge’. Many researches establish that Youth bulge can either be a risk, if the energies and potentials of youth are not channelized. The need to harnessing potentials of youth bulge has become more important in Pakistan; as the country is passing through the wave of extremism and radicalization. Since 2003, more than 47 thousand people lost their lives in extremists and insurgents attacks. In most of the instances youth are reported to be the main actors/victims. One of the main identified reasons is the absence of youth platforms and alternatives to youth extremism and radicalization. The other factor is lack of trained youth communicators who can build solid cases against extremism in accessible language for the youth at large. Particularly, they have to tackle three key thematic issues in the public sphere:
(iii) the mass visibility of hate-speech in mainstream and social media as divisive sources and perpetuators of extremism in the youth minds.
In this backdrop, This proposed project has been planned and proposed by members of the Youth Hub themselves after a series of meetings. It focuses 20 universities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to intensity of youth extremism in these two provinces of Pakistan. It’s worth mentioning that in last year, project of same title has benefited 3937 students both male and female youth through training workshops, media forums, group discussions, festivals, youth hub coordination meetings, youth peace camp, essay competitions, informative materials and radio programs.