KARACHI: To train youth in leadership activities, the youth parliament of Pakistan, in collaboration with the Sindh government’s sports and youth affairs department, has launched a school of future leaders.
Under this programme, a 14-day extensive training in different leadership sectors will be given to the youth under the banner of social action projects.
This was announced by the youth parliament chairperson and national youth affairs commissioner of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association, Rizwan Jaffar, on Saturday, at the launching ceremony of the school of future leaders. He announced that on the first four days training would be given to the youth of Karachi and after that, to those of Hyderabad and Larkana. Sharing details of the training programme, Jaffar announced that the training is divided into schemes like entertainment, peace, environment, education, disaster management, sports and health. ”
“Leaders are not just political leaders. They are in every walk of life,” Jaffar reasoned. He said the plan has been based on the United Nations Development Programme policies.
The event was mainly attended by the youth of Karachi who will be attending these training sessions starting next week. Jaffar said the theme of training will be ‘Think Globally, Act Globally.’ He said the participants will be trained on how to think and act globally in the areas mentioned above, as they will not be trained in air conditioned rooms, rather they will be taken for beach cleaning programmes or to government hospitals in the hot weather. He said this type of training will provide a chance for Karachi’s youth to have a clearer vision on how to effectively work for the betterment of their city, as Karachi is a metropolitan city and its issues are global.
The chief guest at the event was the Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad. It was also attended by Senator Saeed Ghani, Karachi commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, provincial lawmaker Rubina Qaimkhani and the secretary of the Sindh government’s youth affairs department, Muhammed Rashid.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ebad not only appreciated the efforts of Rizwan and his team for running such programmes for the youth but also announced that he would provide assistance to their team to run the programme and others like it. He said the youth parliament team is not only providing training and help to the youth of Sindh, but is helping the youth of Pakistan.
“The youth of Pakistan can do wonders. They only need proper guidance,” he said. Dr Ebad said Pakistan is facing problems such as terrorism, a troublesome law and order situation and poverty but the youth of this country is capable of moving forward and bringing prosperity to the country. He said the military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, had been launched to fix the faults that prevail in our society and it will fix everything.
The Karachi commissioner, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, said everyone is with the youth of Pakistan and will support them as Pakistan is a lucky country to have such a large population of youth. He urged them to believe in and work according to the guiding principles of Quaid-e-Azam and said they must always feel that their presence is important.
Provincial lawmaker Rubina Qaimkhani said the youth of today will enter the arena of politics tomorrow. “Those who are sitting here today will become MPAs, MNAs and senators tomorrow.” She said the youth will become better political figures because they are being provided opportunities and training at a young age.
Senator Saeed Ghani said the youth must be stay strong and positive to enter the political arena of the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2015.