Youth and Sports
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.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan is bringing yet another exiting and intriguing new programme for the youth to showcase their talents through diverse expressions. Ismaili youth, between the ages of 12 and 19, may participate in one of the following three categories:
A model competition was organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Amynabad in the respective Jamatkhana on the 24th and 25th of January, 2020. The competition aimed to create awareness about the global network of Ismaili Centres in the cities of Dubai, Dushanbe, Lisbon, London, Toronto and Vancouver. Understanding the concept behind each Jamatkhana, built upon the history and heritage of the Ismaili tradition, provided the Jamat with the knowledge as well as the ability to convey the importance of architecture in modern-day society.
Seven days, two cities, 62 Ismaili youth from all over Pakistan and a plethora of emotions, memories and lifelong friendships. This sums up the flagship programme, Broadening Horizon Youth Camp (BHYC), of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) held in Lahore and Islamabad from the 24th of December through the 30th of December, 2019. Continuing its legacy, this year the BHYC used a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that Ismaili youth develop the tenacity and drive to make positive, informed choices in addressing contemporary challenges, take pride in their identity and are able to enhance their leadership skills to become ambassadors of the community.
The 58th TPL Sindh Open Boys Swimming Championship was held in Karachi from Friday, the 8th of November through Sunday, the 10th of November 2019, where more than 400 competitors from schools, colleges and leisure clubs participated in the event. Organised by the Sindh Swimming Association (SSA), the event included competitive swimmers from all over Sindh, as well as friendly races for children from the Special Olympics. From the Jamati level, four boys - Abran Jeeva, Aly Muhammad Dadwani, Rayan Jivani and Zayan Ajanee – participated winning five gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals.
The best investment for a community is an investment in its youth. The Ismaili youth of today – the leaders of tomorrow - are more global, technologically advanced, and exposed to more diverse career options compared to the previous generation. What is required, therefore, is to facilitate the youth to best achieve their ambitions whilst also developing empathy in them to serve the community in leadership roles.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) held the 6th Guides Commissioner’s Conference from the 18th to 20th of October 2019, primarily aiming to discuss the milestones achieved in the past year. Catering to 42 Ismaili Guide Commissioners from Pakistan, the annual conference not only established the leaders’ strategic direction but also conducted various capacity-building sessions to help them translate their vision to every area and process.
Pakistan celebrated its 73rd Independence Day on the 14th of August 2019. To commemorate this auspicious day, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) for Southern Region organised a mural painting activity in the city of Karachi. Members of the Ismaili community, known for their community spirit and positive contributions to society, observed the national day with great zeal.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSB,P) has launched its first Football Club in Pakistan. Since 2018, sports such as cycling, volleyball, winter sports and blind cricket are amongst the various clubs that have been initiated by AKYSB,P. The objective of initiating the various sports clubs was to give a platform to the talented youth of the Jamat in professional sports and to help them excel at the national and international level.
Music is the nucleus of artistic expressions; it translates the emotions and simultaneously contributes to the preservation of the melodious culture of any region. It helps the Jamat reflect that the human race is greater than we can fathom.