Day 2 of the 1st International Youth Summit (IYSL 2017) was held in Lahore, the cultural hub of Pakistan, by the Center of Sustainability, Research and Practice (CSRP) with University of Lahore as the host institution. IYSL 2017 will extend over six days focusing on three thematic areas – Peace, Education and Sustainability. IYSL 2017 promises to be a one of a kind event and hopes to become a catalyst of change for the youth of our nation.
The theme of Day 3 of IYSL 2017 was Education; The system of education currently implemented in many countries fail to meet the challenges of today due to lack of ﬂexibility and innovation. At IYSL 2017 ways of de-constructing outdated curriculums were discussed and project-based and/or experimental and non-formal of learning were looked at. An increased emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and enterprise creation, creative and innovative ways of learning using ICT technologies was also discussed. IYSL 2017 called for these new forms of education to be implemented across the sub-continent, led by the youth who can become co-creators of the education system they want to see in their respective countries.
Day 3 began with an opening plenary session titled “Socially Beneficial Projects & Leadership Potential of Young People” featured Arfa Fa – entrepreneur and delegate from UK, Jill Moran – social activist, delegate from Australia, Tayyaba Sultana – political activist and delegate from USA, Abda Khan – lawyer & novelist and Maryam – social entrepreneur from Iraq as panelists and Taimur Rehman – IT entrepreneur and social activist as moderator.
This was followed by the second plenary entitled “Transnational trends in education and academic change and entrepreneurship” which consisted of Dr. Ijaz Qureshi – Researcher, Policy Maker and Dean, Lahore Business School, University of Lahore, Naseem Khan Achakzai – founder CSRP and director IYSL 2017, Samah, Sana. Maria Bastos – Educationist as panelists
The third plenary session titled “Reforms in Punjab Government across social sectors and the role of youth” with Akbar Malik – Managing Associate at Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit, Anum Bashir – Associate at Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit, Barkha Shah – Associate at Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit , Alizeh Maqbool – Associate at Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit and Hashir Mahmood – Associate at Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit as panelists.
Day 3 of IYSL 2017 closed with an evening entitled “Stories from Young Leaders” with speakers and Laraib Atta – renowned Visual Effect Artist who has worked on award winning projects such as 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Gravity to name a few, Shahmeer Amir – Cyber Security Analyst and ranked 3rd most accomplished bug hunter worldwide, Samar Khan, cyclist and the ﬁrst woman in the world to ride a cycle on the 4,500 meters Biafo Glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan. The young leaders spoke to the attendees about their respective journeys and how education played a key role in their lives. The talks were followed by a performance by Sanwal Esakhelvi
The objectives of IYSL 2017 are Awake, Activate, Integrate, Collaborate & Update. During the Summit avenues will be looked in to strengthen cooperation and make joint efforts to create sustainable solutions in the areas of sustainability, education and peace
IYSL 2017 is being organized by the Center of Sustainability, Research & Practice with University of Lahore as host institution. IYSL 2017 is supported by the District Council of Narowal & Kasur and production by Obelisk Immersive Media with PR by Prizm Public Relations.
About the Center for Sustainability Research and Practice (CSRP)
The Center for Sustainability Research and Practice (CSRP) was formed by a group of like-minded young visionaries in early 2012 under the able leadership of Naseem Achakzai. CSRP was once a Youth Led NPO named as HILA (it means hope in Pashto) The youth centric not for profit organization is an Independent think tank working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a vision to contribute towards a sustainable and peaceful future for humanity.
CSRP focuses on tapping the youth of Pakistan which comprise of the more than 60% of the population in achieving these goals. CSPR understand that setbacks and hurdles in a certain segment of society can lead to social unrest among the youth. This can lead us to a situation which will be detrimental for the development of Pakistan.
CSRP works towards creating avenues for youth engagement and dialogue for the youth of our society. To create an atmosphere of positive change for the future of our nation. CSRP has collaborated with various local and international institutions which include the National Commission for Human Development, Ministry for Broadcasting and Information, Peace Child International, Sustainable Development and Policy Institute and the United States Educational Foundation to name a few. The 1st signature event by CSRP was the South Asian Youth Conference which brought together 120 young leaders from the south asian region in 2012.
The 1st International Youth Summit 2017 (IYSL 2017) is the latest project under the aegis of CSRP. IYSL 2017 will extend over six days focusing on three thematic areas – Peace, Education and Sustainability. To be attended by over 120 delegates from over 40 countries will come together in Lahore. The 1st International Youth Summit will play host to world renowned speakers, expert panelists and will be attended by students, opinion makers, politicians, development professionals and the academia.
The Center for Sustainability Research and Practice is also working towards establishing the first ever SDG Youth Council of Pakistan. The aim of the council will be to engage the youth from Pakistan and globally to collaborate on different projects in line with the SDG’s. The SDG’s Youth Council is planned to be launched during the 1st International Youth Summit Lahore in November 2017.