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Youth against Extremism
SDTS build capacity of rural youth.
Sewa Development Trust Sindh (SDTS) is implementing Azm-e-Naujawan (AeN) in Khairpur conducted first Guest Speakers’ Session on June 20, 2019 at AeN Centre; Khairpur engaged youth in healthy inventions to bring them in a healthy citizen’s environment. These events are aimed to involve community especially youth of Khairpur to understand their identity, issues and their role and responsibilities being citizen of Pakistan. The event topic was “Increasing extremism in the society and role of youth”. Total 60 community members attended the event including civil society members, students, lawyers and women.
Mr. Naveed Khayal, Project Manager AeN started the program with recitation of proses of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhitati.
Saeen ma sadaaeen Karin mathay Sindh sukaar
Dost mitha dildar aalam sabh abaad Karin
(OH Lord not keep your blessings limited to Sindh, bestow your blessings to entire world)
Mr. Khadim Hussain Dahot, Trustee/Managing Director SDTS: shared the rational of Azm-e-Naujawan. Pakistan is the country having 64% percent of its population as youth. This is a young nation; the large numbers of young people are on vulnerable edge in our society. Lack of policy on this group and social ignorance make them easier target to extremists and wrong wings. This AeN project has planned many of the activities, which will help to understand youth role in the society. There is a deep culture of guest speaker sessions in world’s leading universities because when you listen legendary intellectual person that is equal to thousands of the books.
Ms. Maqsooda Solangi, Centre Coordinator AeN: shared that this is world’s one of the youngest countries and 2nd youngest country in South Asia. According to the previous census women of Pakistan were said to be better half of our society it means women were over 50% of total population of Pakistan. We can quote many of reports that declare vulnerability of these groups in Pakistan. That can be observed in our society and streets. When we see on our streets, we found youth wondering everywhere. Ms. Solangi further added, that we need to engage those young people who are wondering there. Understanding of civic responsibility makes us understand the differences between communities, and so to respect them. Being citizen, we must learn to know about our society and its issues, we must participate in democratic process.
Mr. Ghulam Qadir Sattar Mahar: shared that importance of social and political awareness of youth is need of the time. This is a basic line of any nation, as much as youth know about importance of politics the process of development becomes possible. You cannot deny importance of politics if you need to proceed for development. Think over why a father politician has a daughter/son politician, because bureaucracy enjoy advantage of masses illiteracy. The system, which nurtures them, is based on game of knowledge. Young people are now authority to own these public assets. Politics is a two-way process to these institutions, the government public officers; bureaucrats are our servants because we pay for their salaries. They are servants of nation but as they keep people away from knowledge, we don’t know any more about this structural system.
Mr. Hadi Bux Bhutt: shared that we have been struggling for basic human rights and rights of politics to every citizen. He quoted poetry of Sheikh Ayaz and said he has emphasized youth to change the world which is full of miserable facts and people, make it upside down, the youth of this age are more powerful group. Just youth have to learn how to believe in you. If once youth realized the fact of use of power inside them, they will surely change this world. He quoted a song of change by Sheikh Ayaz in the poetry Ayaz has said shake this society, shake this imperialism, make a new world that masses get prosperity, this system is ruined, so sing song of change. There are many examples of revolutionary movements in this current world. Few days back tens of thousands of people came out of homes on streets against inflation in Venezuela. We observe and suffer many of inflations in daily life but no body comes out. We usually do not concern mutually and collectively. Read books, arrange study circles its very important to learn how people changed the world. They are people who actually served humanity. Albert Einstein was not among Sindhies but, he is known to each of us. Likewise, Thomas Adison was not Pakistani but his efforts are enlightening our lives. So, think on how this world needs us.
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