Youth for democracy & social change project concludes

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Former Vice Chancellor Islamia College University, Prof. Qibla Ayaz has said that even though the curriculum went through the reviewing process several times that helped in updating contents and removing misleading concepts, yet several ideological biases and historical distortions continue to remain part of the curriculum currently being taught in the public schools. “It is, thus, imperative that this curriculum must be unbiased and balanced”, he said.

Professor Qibla Ayaz was addressing at project closing ceremony of ‘Youth for Democracy and Social Change’ here at Services Club Peshawar. The project was a joint venture of Peace Education And Development Foundation and German Embassy, Islamabad providing an opportunity and forum to the youth of KP and Fata for effective civic engagement. Prof. Qibla Ayaz appreciated the role of PEAD for sensitizing the youth for peace and education and motivating them to play their due role in social change and emphasized that youth are the true agents of positive change, they should own their due role for prosperity of the society.

On the occasion ex-vice chancellor Abasyn University Peshawar, Iqbal Durani, Assistant Director PDMA Zia Uddin Khattak, PEAD Foundation Executive Director Sameena Imtiaz, program manager Tariq Hayat, senior coordinator Shagufta Gul and a number of young representatives of YDSC project were also present. Young students also presented songs, cultural dances, and a skit stressing for the elimination of violence against women on the eve of international day. Chief guests also distributed certificates among the young activists of YDSC.

Sharing her views, PEAD executive director, Ms. Sameena shed that Youth for Democracy and Social Change that engaged around 550 students from different educational institutions, was aimed at developing skills of the youth after educating them on democracy, rule of law, conflict mitigation and social action.

“The ultimate goal was to enable the youth of the region, aged 18 to 24, to contribute as much as possible towards a democratic and socially vibrant, but a tolerant and peaceful Pakistan’, she said in her closing remarks. While addressing the reunion ceremony the senior coordinator Ms. Shagufta shared her gratitude and termed YDSC as a memorable and wonderful experience. She said that the project has been an opportunity to witness the zeal, energies, ideas innovation and most importantly the volunteerism of our youth and a message of hope for the change everyone waiting for.