Youth Engagement Program

Youth Engagement Program

Outlines of Youth Engagement Program for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Concept, Indicators and Methodology

Pir Rokhan

Proposed Youth Engagement Plans and Programs

The following independent variables have been considered while chalking out a practical plan and methodology for engaging various cadres of youth in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Independent variables

1) Age Groups:
• Pre Teen [10 to 16]
• Teen [17 to 20]
• Young [21- 30]
• Middle [31-40]

2) Gender
• Gender dependent [ For one gender only]
• Gender independent [ For both Boys and Girls]

3) Productivity
• Productive
• Non Productive

4) Support
• Govt dependent
• Govt Independent

5) Duration
• Short Term
• Long Term

6) Literacy
• For Literate
• For Illiterate


The methodology has to be implemented at Village/Tehsil/District level as well as inter-village, inter-tehsil, inter-distt levels and concurrently taking into consideration inter-School, inter-College, inter-Varsity levels of correlation.

1) Literature
• Conduct Article/ Column/ Paper writing competition

2) Communication Skills Development
• Conduct Speech Competition [on topics about pluralism, democracy, peace, creativity, science, technology, modern sciences, religion, extremism, terrorism, Pashto, Pashtunwali and History etc.]

3) Poetry
• Conduct Poetry Competition

4) Science and Tech
• Conduct competition on inventions ,discoveries etc

5) Info Tech
• Conduct competition on programming, software development etc

6) Economic activity
• Provide opportunities to youth for executing small projects ,jobs and assignments

7) Sports
• Conduct Modern Sports and Traditional sports Competitions

8) Pakhtun Culture
• Conduct Community Programs [ Youth Jirga, Youth Hujra , Youth Melas etc]

9) Performing Arts
• Conduct Acting , Singing and Performing Arts competition

10) Fine Arts
• Conduct Painting, Sculpture, Drawing etc Competition

11) Int’l Liaison
• Conduct Liaison Programs with Youth related organizations nationally and internationally.

Indicators of Success:

After executing the Youth engagement programs, if the following indicators are observed then methodology adopted should be considered successful.
1) Exhibitions related to youth related fields are held
2) Competitions are conducted
3) Literature is published in Electronic or Hard Copy form
4) Audios / Videos are created about youth engagement activities
5) Informal or formal Acknowledgement
6) New Ideas are discovered
7) Small level movement/mobilization is launched among youth
8) Festivals are held
9) The programs gets reasonable media coverage
10) There are micro level indicators of Alleviation in Poverty
11) There are Job Placements for the right persons against opportunities
12) Talent Hunt is done to find right person for the right job

Transparency International Report about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Transparency international has published their report blaming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to be the first in the corruption Index.

There are three aspects to the issue.

One is the inefficiency and lack of professionalism of transparency Int'l while conducting a survey in a fake and banana state like Pakistan where there is a lot of bias [their office is based at Karachi hence highlighting the report when there is a cold war between ANP and MQM has a lot of meaning in it].

Secondly the scope of survey was not aimed at the Pakhtuns specific areas and only covered non Pakhtun areas which is professional dishonesty.

Thirdly there is corruption in Pakistan in general and no steps have been taken to reduce it on state level.

The first two points should not bother Pakhtuns but the third point of reducing corruption should be taken seriously. Belonging to a poor and agrarian society, the govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should first try to know the causes of corruption and then find ways and means to eradicate these causes on provincial level atleast.

The basic cause of corruption is the lack of mechanisation and Production. The more a society depends upon human interactions the more it is vulnerable to corruption.

Hence the first step should be that systems should be mechanised ,systematised and computerised. The information explosion via the Internet, the mechanisation of transactions including bank, the seeking of jobs using cyber technology, the earning of income using e-commerce etc have all reduced a lot of corruption and created a lot means of income. The percentage of corruption in these institutions is much less than those sectors which use manual methods for transactions.

The second step is increasing industrial base and means of production. Increasing the means of Production reduces the liability of a society to be a consumer society and hence creates more and more jobs thereby giving opportunities to the people to earn money who would otherwise use unfair means to grab money and hence increase corruption in the society.

Without increasing Production capabilities and mechanisation of various sectors, to think that people will stop corruption by listening to the sermons of clergy is a utopian idea.

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