Peace Building Program

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A prosperous Pakistan begins with a peaceful Pakistan.

Our peace-building program empowers young people to promote peace and tolerance in their own communities and spheres of influence.

2500 capacitated young boys and girls have led peace-building initiatives in 20 districts of Pakistan with PYCA’s technical and financial assistance since 2014.

Promoting Peace and Tolerance through Young Change Agents in Pakistan

Pakistan Younth Change Advocates initiated the project, “Promoting Peace and Tolerance through Young Change Agents in Pakistan” in 2013. The project was initiated with the belief that there was a need to develop a new, integrated approach to combating extremism in Pakistan that would organically be led by university youth.

The project aimed to promote youth engagement and alternate spaces to counter the prevalent surge of intolerance in Pakistan.

How was this done?

PYCA formalized partnerships with 30 universities in the Federal Capital, Islamabad, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

1,500 university-going young people were capacitated through PYCA’s “Peace and Advocacy Curriculum” on such concepts as social entrepreneurship, storytelling, peace building, digital advocacy and project planning.

In line with PYCA’s theory of change the trained youth was invited to submit ideas for peace-focused community initiatives. Resultantly, 21 projects representing 150 trained students were selected for seed funding.

For details about the seed grants, please click here.

What was achieved?

Enhanced knowledge about peace-building

  • 1500 youth learnt pro-active techniques to identify extremist messages and peaceful ways to counter them.
  • 1500 Pakistani youth gained critical skills to strategize, story tell, use social media and create a business plan to  effectuate their goals for a peaceful Pakistan.

Positive attitude towards tolerance

  • 1,500 young Pakistanis felt empowered, inspired and trained to initiate social entrepreneurship vehicles for a peaceful Pakistan.

Inspiring behaviour change

  • 150 trained students reached out to 9,167 people in their communities with messages of tolerance, sectarian and inter-faith harmony.

 

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Creating Peace-building Networks and Alternate Advocacy Strategies for Pakistani Youth

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Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA) initiated the project, “Creating Peace-building Networks and Alternate Advocacy Strategies for Pakistani Youth” in 2014 to support the objective of curbing the roots of extremist violence among major youth centres i.e. public universities and colleges, through the establishment of peace-building networks.

This intervention aimed to promote youth engagement, alternative spaces and positive narratives to challenge extremist messaging to young adults in districts most affected by extremist propaganda in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and South Punjab.

How was this done?

PYCA formalized partnerships with 15 universities and colleges in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and South Punjab.

500 young people were capacitated through PYCA’s “Peace and Advocacy Curriculum” on such concepts as social entrepreneurship, storytelling, peace building, digital advocacy and project panning.

In line with PYCA’s theory of change the trained youth was invited to submit ideas for peace-focused community initiatives. Resultantly, 20 projects representing 100 students were selected for seed funding.

For details about the seed grants, please click here.

What was achieved?

Enhanced knowledge about peace-building

  • 1000 youth learnt pro-active techniques to identify extremist messages and peaceful ways to counter them.
  • 1000 Pakistani youth gained critical skills to strategize, story tell, use social media and create a business plan to effectuate their goals for a peaceful Pakistan.

Positive attitude towards tolerance

  • 1000 young Pakistanis felt empowered, inspired and trained to initiate social entrepreneurship vehicles for a peaceful Pakistan.

Inspiring behaviour change

  • 100 students reached out to 6,290 people in their communities with messages of tolerance, sectarian and inter-faith harmony.

Azme Naujawan Curriculum Development

Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA) as part of the civil society consortium under DAI’s Azme Naujawan initiative was delegated the task to develop two training modules for the peace-building curriculum. The first module developed by PYCA focused on “Alternate Dispute Resolution” while the second dealt with “Advocacy and Lobbying.”

Following the finalization of the training content, PYCA conducted two sessions (on the developed modules) training 40 young people belonging to conflict hit communities of district Karachi.

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