Orientation Sessions on Social Entrepreneurship
In order to ensure that Youth Social Entrepreneurship advances in the right direction and by the right people, it is important to create a second line of leadership who can provide adequate and sustained backing. YES Network Pakistan has trained a team of master trainers to advance the agenda of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in an organized and systematic manner in both technical and educational institutions of Pakistan. YES Network has equipped faculty members and students of 11 Universities and 2 Technical institutions (Government College of Technology, Karimabad, Karachi and Government College of Technology, Raiwand, Lahore) with adequate knowledge and skills for rolling out the concept of youth social entrepreneurship in their respective institutions.
Each workshop focuses on clarifying the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and on generating interest for the integration of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the technical and educational institutions. Several interesting exercises were conducted to identify gaps in the existing education system and to explore new ways of empowering and engaging young people. During one of the exercises, when faculty members of technical and educational institutions were asked to visualize where do they see young people of their institutions after three years. Majority of them wrote that they would be seriously struggling to find a place and job in the society. They would be more frustrated due to our inability to prepare them for smooth transition to work. It was very interesting to note that an overwhelming majority of the participants had no knowledge about the concept of social entrepreneurship. The orientation sessions encouraged innovative and creative thinking among participants. The workshop provided essential technical knowledge, tools, opportunities and resources to the participants to further explore the topic of social entrepreneurship and to take solid steps in rolling out youth social entrepreneurship education in their respective institutions.
Launching Ceremony of Youth Social Enterprise Generator in Universities
YES Network Pakistan organized three launching ceremonies of Youth Social Enterprise Generator project. These ceremonies were organized in Sukkar IBA, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIAS) and Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.
The ceremonies were attended by several hundred people including faculty members, students and head of the institutions. Each ceremony was attended by over 250 people. During the ceremonies, representatives of British Council and YES Network Pakistan spoke to the audience and highlighted the need of incorporating social entrepreneurship course into the curriculum of higher education. The ceremonies were steered by the trained faculty members and students of these universities. During the ceremonies, case studies and ideas for social change given by young people were shared with the audience with the view to inspire them to join this new initiative. The heads of all the three institutions highly appreciated the efforts of British Council and YES Network Pakistan for launching Youth Social Enterprise Generator project in their University/Institute.
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Launching Ceremony in Sukkhar IBA
Launching Ceremony in Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIAS)
Launching Ceremony in Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam
Launching of Youth Enterprise Generator in VUAS
YES Network Pakistan and British Council have launched Youth Enterprise Generator Project in Veterinary University of Animal and Sciences, Lahore. The session was attended by the Vice Chancellor, Deans, Faculty members and the students.
Launching of Youth Enterprise Generator in Muhammad Ali Jinnah University
Session on Youth Social Entrepreneurship in COMSATS Institute of Technology in Islamabad
On 18th May 2012, YES Network Pakistan organized a session on Youth Social Entrepreneurship with the students of COMSATS Institute of Technology in Islamabad. The purpose of this session was to sensitize the students to the concept of youth social entrepreneurship. In this interactive session, they were also trained to design a professional social enterprise plan and encouraged to participate in the various social enterprise generator opportunities currently being offered by YES Network. It was motivating to note the enthusiasm of the students. They were keen to share their ideas through group work and wanted to tackle issues ranging from awareness for dengue to setting up small energy units to solve the energy crisis of their communities. Miss Sana Zia, Animator Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program conducted the session.