Fostering Youth Empowerment and Innovation: The First National Youth Summit in Balochistan
Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province, recently made history by hosting the First National Youth Summit from June 18th to June 20th, 2023. The event, organized by the Government of Balochistan’s Sports and Youth Affairs Department in collaboration with the Chanan Development Association (CDA) Pakistan, gathered over 350 enthusiastic young participants from 90 districts across the nation. This milestone initiative aimed to empower the youth, foster innovation, and facilitate robust dialogue on issues critical to the future of Pakistan.
Under the theme of “Harnessing Youth Potential for a Resilient Future: Navigating Challenges, Driving Change,” the summit emphasized the aspirations, dreams, and innovative ideas of young people from across Pakistan, amplifying their voices and recommendations to address social, economic, and political challenges and strengthen their leadership to become catalysts for positive change in their communities.
Under the esteemed leadership and presence of distinguished guests, including Babar Yusufzai, spokesperson for the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Nawabzada Jamal Khan Raisani, Coordinator for Youth Affairs and Mr. Abdul Khaliq Hazara Minister Sports and Youth Affair Government of Balochistan the National Youth Summit commenced with an inaugural ceremony filled with anticipation and promise. Notable guests included; Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Convener of the Parliamentary Task Force for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Mr. Ishaq Jamali, Secretary of the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs and Mr Muhammad Shahzad Khan Executive Director of Chanan Development Association (CDA) Executive Director of Chanan Development Association (CDA), as well as Mr. Abbas Ali Khosa, Director of Youth Affairs, and Muhammad Mustafa, Assistant Director.
The thought-provoking discussions not only enriched the participants’ knowledge but also ignited their inspiration to proactively drive positive change.
The exceptional role in the management and invaluable contributions of Mr. Abbas Ali Khosa, Director of Youth Affairs, and his office were undeniable factors in the success of the First National Youth Summit.
Inspiring Discourse: Grass-root Voices Engage on the NYS23 Stage with Mr. Khalid Hussain Mir the member BoD at CDA Pakistan
The National Youth Summit kicked off with the enlightening Grass-root Voices session, skillfully moderated by Balochistan’s young activist and entrepreneur, Mr. Khalid Hussain Mir. During this session, inspiring young activists Zamran Baloch, Sehrish Kanwal, Aqila Yousafi, and Alisha Sherazi captivated the audience with their compelling stories of struggle and resilience.
Acknowledging Commitment and Charting the Path Forward
Nawabzada Jamal Khan Raisani, Coordinator for Youth Affairs, extended his heartfelt gratitude to the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Chann Development Association for spearheading this unprecedented summit. Raisani reiterated his commitment to expedite the approval of the Balochistan Youth Policy in the Provincial Assembly, ensuring the voices and aspirations of the youth are integrated into policy frameworks. The comprehensive Youth Policy Framework will empower the youth to lead Balochistan towards prosperity and contribute to the nation’s sustainable development.
Driving Change Through Youth: Secretary Ishaq Jamali Applauds Youth Summit’s Impact
Mr. Ishaq Jamali, Secretary of the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, emphasized the transformative power of youth as agents of change and progress. Recognizing their limitless potential, fresh perspectives, and unparalleled energy, Jamali applauded the National Youth Summit as a platform to amplify their voices, celebrate their dreams, and foster unity. He affirmed that the summit marked a turning point, inspiring collaboration among Pakistan’s brightest young minds and propelling the nation towards a promising future.
Thought-Provoking Perspectives and Transformative Journeys
The First National Youth Summit, brought together a diverse lineup of influential personalities from various fields. Esteemed speakers, such as former MPA and central leader of the National Party, Ms. Yasmin Lehri, dedicated social activists & young influencers including Mr. Jahangir Bazai, Jayya Kanwal Jagi, Nimra Pirkani, Mir Balach Khan, along with other notable political and social leaders, took the stage to share their valuable insights. Moreover, the summit was graced by the enlightening addresses of Ex-Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Ex-Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Durani, and Provincial Chief of SAMEDA Balochistan Mr. Shakoor Ahmed Baloch. Their engaging discussions not only expanded participants’ knowledge but also ignited the spark for proactive action towards driving positive change.
Equipping Youth for Impactful Contributions: Empowering Workshops
Beyond the enriching sessions, the National Youth Summit featured a series of workshops, equipping participants with essential skills and knowledge in leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and social impact. These empowering workshops aimed to equip the youth with the tools necessary to make meaningful contributions to their communities and shape a better future for Pakistan.
Empowering Youth for a Brighter Future: Delegates Voice Recommendations at the National Youth Summit
Throughout the summit, the delegates actively voiced their recommendations, reflecting the collective aspirations of the young leaders across Pakistan. These recommendations include a call to finalize and launch the Balochistan Youth Policy, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities faced by the youth in the region. They also emphasize the need for prioritizing resources to enhance the skills of young people, promoting digital literacy, and creating entrepreneurship opportunities.
The delegates express gratitude to the organizers and encourage the continuation of youth-focused events in Balochistan. They stress the importance of encouraging young leaders’ participation in the political process and urge the provision of resources through tailored funding mechanisms. The honorable Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, along with the Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs, endorsed these recommendations, demonstrating their commitment to championing youth empowerment in Pakistan.
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