Seminar on Equal Citizenship, Social and Cultural Diversity
Under the project “Improve awareness about social and cultural heritage among communities”
January 29, 2020
Kinnaird College for Women University
Cecil S. Chaudhry
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).
Peace and Youth Cooperation
Mobilizing youth of Pakistan for peace and youth cooperation in universities
Starting Date : 11 January
Ending Date: 11 December
• It is the result of BARGAD’s work and mobilization that now faculty members and administrations of various universities approach BARGAD to hold training programs and other relevant initiatives. BARGAD has been accessed by University of Sargodha, Gomal University, Government College University Faisalabad, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Science Management and other several times.
• Sabiha Shaheen (Executive Director, BARGAD) talked on experiences of BARGAD on youth development in a session with management of Agha Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad on Jan 31, 11.
• BARGAD began the year 2011 by conducting a peace rally given the deteriorating law and order situation of the country which is distorting the peace. It was a part of Aman Ittahad Forum
Engaging youth for Sustainable Development Goals
• Initiate an awareness campaign through seminars on SDGs in 12 universities and higher education institutions of Pakistan
• Engage students and youth champions on dialogue and discussions on SDGs through the establishment of a social media forum dedicated to SDGs.
• Serve as a pilot phase to generate guidelines and recommendations for a larger intervention to increase youth participation in the debates pertaining to sustainable future with a focus on gender equality and reducing inequalities in Pakistan
Start Date: 28 February
Ending Date: 28 April
• At least 3000 students and youth champions were made aware of SDGs through a series of interactive seminars in higher education institutions of Pakistan
• One dedicated media campaign was run on SDGs to engage youth on SDGs is established which included radio programs, social media and mainstream coverage.
• SDGs project was tested and evaluated for recommendations and guidelines for large scale interventions. The recommendation from students from each seminar was compiled in 1 project evaluation report with key common features and key priorities for large scale intervention.
Christmas Celebration in Bargad Office