Bargad has conducted two 5-day value clarification and training Workshops (VCAT) in Lahore to equip students with different management and leadership skills and enhance their thematic understanding about social cohesion and youth development. These workshops were attended by 60 office bearers of 42 student societies from 12 different universities across Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
The trained student leaders will carry out 60 social action projects on their respective campuses to replicate the learning of workshops and transfer skills to their peers and fellow students. This will create a network of potential youth leaders across Pakistan.
The first part of the workshops imparted management skills, including social media campaigning, effective documentation, grant proposal writing and fund raising, effective communications skills and action planning. The other workshop part consisted of thematic understanding of students about youth leadership, women leadership, social cohesion and networking and mobilization of student societies.
The sessions were a mix of presentations, interactive activities, discussions and question and answers. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin (pro-rector University of Central Punjab) and Mr Nadeem Mahub (Secretary, Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology & Tourism Department, Government of Punjab) were chief guests at both workshops respectively while renowned experts and trainers moderated the workshops including Mr Taimur Bandey (Former Head of International Baccalaureate System Learning Alliance), Ms. Saira Farooqi (Head, department of business studies at Kinnaird College for Women), Mr. Iqbal Haider Butt (lead consultant, Punjab youth policy), Mr Ali Syed (youth development consultant) and Ms Salma Butt (youth development expert).