Youth and Sports
From creating start-ups to igniting revolutions, young people have been toppling the old structures and processes that govern our world. Just imagine what solutions might be found if young people are given the space and encouragement to participate and lead – Kofi Annan, (Excerpts from a speech made on the International Youth Day in 2013)
With the advent of the 21st century and the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has changed its course for the future. Demanding creativity, collaboration, strong communication, leadership and resilience in the light of adversities, the youth today face unique challenges. Investment in our youth is the best investment a community can make to secure a dynamic future. Sensitive to the needs of the Jamati youth in Pakistan, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) organised the Broadening Horizons Youth Camp (BHYC), an eight-day residential camp in Hunza.
The Ismaili Pakistan is pleased to present a compilation of Photographs, Artworks and Creative Writing samples of winners and runner-up of AKS – National Arts Competition.
AKS is one of the many initiatives launched as a part of Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan in the first year of its execution that centralises the environment as a core theme for this year. AKS, a national art competition, encourages youth across Pakistan to articulate their relationship with nature and their ideas for environmental sustainability using diverse artistic expressions.
The Ismaili eSports segment, which is a Global Encounters Programme and under the umbrella of the Jubilee Games, will comprise a multitude of activities that build on each other and culminate in a competitive tournament. The tournament serves as a means to an end and not an end in itself. The third eSport selected for this segment is “The Ismaili eBasketball Cup”.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan organised a three-day Global Citizenship Conference that highlighted powerful approaches to global issues and sustainable development goals. Forty-nine Girl Guides from Pakistan collaborated to disseminate the concept as well as the relevance of global citizenship and its need in today's world.
The Youth Coordination Forum, including the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB), the Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) and ITREB, organized the Crossroads Youth Camp in Karachi and Multan in December 2021. Adopting a graduated camp model, Crossroads is a unique experience that promotes a continuum of learning through a multidisciplinary approach for youth aged 12 to 14 years. The camp focuses on several important themes including global citizenship, communal identity, civic service, social wellbeing and 21st century skills.
Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for online series of Heritage Discovery Programme in Pakistan. The theme of this year’s discovery is “Food Culture”. Food Culture is an important part of cultural heritage that creates a connection between ethnicity, attitudes, beliefs, and practices surrounding food production and consumption. Food can also help us make friends and help us communicate with others within and outside the communities.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan organised a transformational nine-day virtual camporee for Junior and Girl Guides. Around 602 Guides from seven different countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, UAE, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique participated in the camporee which focused on exploring models of advocacy, social entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability. The camp was divided into two groups including Junior Guides aged six to 11 and Girl Guides aged 11 to 16. The first virtual camporee was held in December 2020.
Youth camps are generally known for promoting collaborative and experiential learning environments. However, in 2020, youth camps at the national and international level had to be modified to adapt to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, which necessitated social distance and isolation. During the pandemic, some virtual camps were arranged to fill a much-needed gap in youth engagement. However, virtual platforms have limitations, particularly due to the restrained engagement between participants and the lack of reliable internet connectivity in most regions of Pakistan.
The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has influenced the way youth manage their time. Due to school closures and focus on social distancing in the ‘new normal’, many youth are struggling to invest time in learning a new skill, and some who are able to utilise their time effectively, do not have adequate forums to demonstrate their skills. To address this gap and to promote positive youth development during COVID-19, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) organised ‘Funkaar’, a national platform for youth to learn and showcase their talents using diverse expressions.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) organised the first Virtual Scout Camporee on the 27th and 28th of June, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on large gatherings and programmes that require physical presence have been enforced across the country. Utilising technology, this barrier was easily overcome, and Boy Scouts from throughout Pakistan had the opportunity to participate in a National Camporee. AKYSBP Chairman, Mr. Hassan Somani shared, “A Virtual Camporee during the challenging times of COVID-19 not only engaged youngsters from across the country in learning intervention but also enabled all of them to share best practices of the scouting movement.”
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan’s (AKYSB,P) Guiding Portfolio arranged a Guides Youth Forum held on the 3rd - 4th of July 2020. Conducted on a virtual platform, the programme was attended by 81 participants from across the country, along with Jamati leaders and experts from various fields.