Youth for Sustainable Development in Pakistan: A Project on Education for Sustainable Development

?There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.? Niccolo Machiavelli Social Purposes The youth in Pakistan is vulnerable because of diverse conditions they are coping with, where poverty, lack of proper education, unemployment, malnutrition and neglect are making them more susceptible, which is finally hindering Pakistan?s way towards development. Therefore, it is important to bring up that this project is not only addressing the needs of Pakistan but by giving leadership to youth it is utilizing and polishing their potential. It is not a youth empowering project because the underlying assumption is that youth has the potential to initiate the process of better social change, therefore this project is more on the facilitating lines; by providing youth with necessary tools, knowledge and skills so they may sail a ship towards sustainable development from their communities. The project is envisioned on the similar lines as of United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014, where everyone through youth, but especially youth (the target group of this project), will benefit from education to the learn the key values, behaviors and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive social transformation. Moreover, this project is aimed to contribute to the DESD chapter in Pakistan; therefore it will be focusing on the some key objectives of this decade by focusing on youth (UNESCO, 2004): ? Give an enhanced profile to the central role of education and learning in the common pursuit of sustainable development. ? Facilitate links and networking, exchange and interaction among stakeholders in ESD. ? Provide a space and opportunity for refining and promoting the vision of and transition to sustainable development. ? Develop strategies to strengthen capacity in ESD.

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Education and Training

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2004

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Youth & Challenges to them in Pakistan By having a microscopic view of Pakistan, one can see the challenges this country is facing; starting from the alarming population growth rate to poverty and unemployment etc. Youth has been challenged by most of the problematic factors of Pakistan. It is of a great concern for the development workers to foresee the future of Pakistan, which seem an uphill task for the government of Pakistan and its people. Some scholars like Stephen P. Cohen (2002), see Pakistan becoming more exigent for young people, the lack of development and weak educational system could leave Pakistan with a large, young, and poorly educated population that has few prospects for economic progress. Pakistan at the moment houses the largest number of youth in its history.

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Youth for Sustainable Development in Pakistan: A Project on Education for Sustainable Development

Describe Your Idea

?There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.? Niccolo Machiavelli Social Purposes The youth in Pakistan is vulnerable because of diverse conditions they are coping with, where poverty, lack of proper education, unemployment, malnutrition and neglect are making them more susceptible, which is finally hindering Pakistan?s way towards development. Therefore, it is important to bring up that this project is not only addressing the needs of Pakistan but by giving leadership to youth it is utilizing and polishing their potential. It is not a youth empowering project because the underlying assumption is that youth has the potential to initiate the process of better social change, therefore this project is more on the facilitating lines; by providing youth with necessary tools, knowledge and skills so they may sail a ship towards sustainable development from their communities. The project is envisioned on the similar lines as of United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014, where everyone through youth, but especially youth (the target group of this project), will benefit from education to the learn the key values, behaviors and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive social transformation. Moreover, this project is aimed to contribute to the DESD chapter in Pakistan; therefore it will be focusing on the some key objectives of this decade by focusing on youth (UNESCO, 2004): ? Give an enhanced profile to the central role of education and learning in the common pursuit of sustainable development. ? Facilitate links and networking, exchange and interaction among stakeholders in ESD. ? Provide a space and opportunity for refining and promoting the vision of and transition to sustainable development. ? Develop strategies to strengthen capacity in ESD.

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Description of initiative:

?There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.? Niccolo Machiavelli Social Purposes The youth in Pakistan is vulnerable because of diverse conditions they are coping with, where poverty, lack of proper education, unemployment, malnutrition and neglect are making them more susceptible, which is finally hindering Pakistan?s way towards development. Therefore, it is important to bring up that this project is not only addressing the needs of Pakistan but by giving leadership to youth it is utilizing and polishing their potential. It is not a youth empowering project because the underlying assumption is that youth has the potential to initiate the process of better social change, therefore this project is more on the facilitating lines; by providing youth with necessary tools, knowledge and skills so they may sail a ship towards sustainable development from their communities. The project is envisioned on the similar lines as of United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014, where everyone through youth, but especially youth (the target group of this project), will benefit from education to the learn the key values, behaviors and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive social transformation. Moreover, this project is aimed to contribute to the DESD chapter in Pakistan; therefore it will be focusing on the some key objectives of this decade by focusing on youth (UNESCO, 2004): ? Give an enhanced profile to the central role of education and learning in the common pursuit of sustainable development. ? Facilitate links and networking, exchange and interaction among stakeholders in ESD. ? Provide a space and opportunity for refining and promoting the vision of and transition to sustainable development. ? Develop strategies to strengthen capacity in ESD.

Description of innovation:

ESD has to be directly relevant and of great significance for the targeted group to directly benefit the communities, therefore the project will benefit from the earlier research conducted in this regard. Existing research will add to the social purposes of this project because it will help in enlisting the ranges of sustainable development issues in Pakistan. Moreover, the youth will also be given an opportunity to research similar issues from their communities. ESD has some bigger goals than contemporary education models, because it calls for a re-orientation of educational systems and approaches ? policy, curriculum and content, pedagogy and examinations (UNESCO, 2004). The project will further improve the bigger picture of Pakistan by initiating the process of youth?s involvement in the development process of Pakistan. Youth is considered to be a one of the most productive groups if provided with proper opportunities. The youth through this project will look at the sustainable development of Pakistan by creating their own projects on ranges of issues through ESD or by monitoring and evaluating ESD in Pakistan. In this regard, youth, through this project, will be provided with necessary tools to use various strategies, such as advocacy and vision building, consultation and ownership; partnership and networks; capacity building a training; research and innovation; information and communication technologies. The impacts of a ?Youth for Sustainable Development in Pakistan (YSDP)? project will be seen in the lives of people in the immediate communities of targeted youth. It is hoped that impacts will grow and will continue to grow if this project by itself can successfully encounter the challenge of sustainability. The project will equip individuals with new attitudes and values inspire decisions and action oriented skills for making sustainable development an attainable task. The project also wishes to see youth avoiding a blame-game.

Delivery model:

This project is looking for multiplier impacts; therefore care will be taken in the selection of the participants. In this regard, this project will choose only participants from the youth non-government organizations/clubs, a gender balanced group and equal in number from the rural and urban areas of Pakistan. Moreover, the project will engage participants in different exercises so they may involve their peer group and colleagues through different group tasks, which will also increase the reach of this project to a greater population. The YSDP project will include 25 youngsters of age between 18-28, from different youth organizations and clubs from Pakistan, equal in number will be selected from the four provinces of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (currently this area is still facing the outcomes of a massive earthquake in which more than 70,000 people died in Pakistan and also the Kashmir conflict is alive). It is also demanded that the participants will have access to the internet for the duration of learning through internet tools by accessing the YSDP web portal. Why youth from the youth organizations/clubs or a civil society organizations? The one reason could be the present status of many of the youth based non-government organizations (NGOs) with the Government of Pakistan. NGOs working on youth issues in Pakistan have been continuously engaged in the process of the National Youth Policy (NYP), first, by advocating for the need for policy development and, later, through a consultative status with the concerned government department. Currently, 28 Civil Society Organizations are enrolled with the Youth Affairs Division (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs) in Pakistan. Formally, these NGOs started working with the government in April 2003, when the Prime Minister directed NGOs to submit their blue prints for the Youth Force at national, provincial, district and tehsil levels (Ahmed, 2006).

Key operational partnerships:

This project is still looking for partnerships with local organizations in Pakistan, India and The Netherlands, which will open the doors for some funding opportunities. At this stage, some potential partners are: 1. School of Leadership, Pakistan. 2. The Network University, The Netherlands. 3. Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, India. 4. Youth Network, such as Young Professionals Network of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Pakistan, South Asian Youth Environment Network etc. It seems quite idealistic at this stage to involve all of them in this project and for this it is essential to go through an extensive strategic planning. Therefore, hereby the intention would be to clearly describe the role of above mentioned actors. School of Leadership and the Network University will be involved in making this youth project, especially the training module, more user- friendly. However, the later actor will also help in developing and loading the online (distance learning) segment of this project. As funding is crucial for this project therefore efforts have already been made to get it from the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and once this project proposal is completely developed then the author will visit some other organizations as well. In the end, this project is also aimed to connect youth with various existing youth networks in the region and all over the world, especially the ones for sustainability.

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Financial model:

Realistically speaking there is a need to work really hard to get funds and for this purpose this project has to be flexible enough to fit into the funding areas of various donor bodies, some of them are mentioned above. There are two months spared to get funds and if they will not be enough then project timeframe will be stretched. However, this search for funds has already begun as project summary and brief proposal has been shared with the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, India and the Goi Peace Foundation, Japan. Nevertheless, there is a need to create a team of youngsters so to reach more donors in the limited time and for that I am in connection with some of the brilliant youngsters in Pakistan, so to create a Youth Advisory Board for YSDP.

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Financing:

This pilot project will be setting the tone for the expansion of this project; therefore this will be carefully evaluated to approach donors at a later stage. Pilot project reports will depict outcomes for the project so to convince potential donors of the needs of sustaining this project. Furthermore, follow-ups of the participants? projects will be done on a regular basis; during and after the process of fundraising. The project phase of this project can be funded by Islamabad based donors, such as Norwegian Agency for Development, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Pakistan, Swiss Development Cooperation and Canadian International Development Agency. There are other donors as well but initial search for donors has found above mentioned possible four sources.

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Stage of the initiative:

Mature stage.

Expansion plan:

Its at this moment a pilot project and may be expanded later on.

Origin of the initiative:

This initiative started with my thesis at the UN accredited University for Peace, Costa Rica.

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