Youth and Sports
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.
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.