A five-day cross-culture dialogue to promote inclusive society conducted in the Bara Gali campus of the University of Peshawar from 28th October – 01 November 2020 with 70 students on board and professionals with their specialized backgrounds from every corner of the country. The camp was organized by
“YOUTH DIALOGUE AND ACTION FOR INCLUSIVE SOCIETY”
National Influencers in active collaboration with the Department of Criminology, University of Peshawar, Provincial Directorate of Youth Affairs and Ombudsperson Office, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In addition, UNDP Pakistan, UNICEF Pakistan, Dosti Welfare Organization, KPCSW, FES Consultants, and Noor Education Trust were also the partners of the 5-Day Residential Youth Camp.
The essence was to bring cross-cultural youth from all over Pakistan, provide them the table for dialogue, sensitize and motivate them to work for an inclusive society. The camp accordingly, was named “Youth Dialogue and Action for Inclusive Society”. Over and done with vigilant assortment, 70 delegates were nominated to symbolize diverse regions of Pakistan i.e. Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, and Islamabad.
The selection criteria were based upon nondiscriminatory grounds. Experts from the field facilitated the five-day agenda with Seventy (70) youth delegates aging 18-30 across Pakistan. The cause of concern is to transform 60% of the youth of Pakistan in a way where they are self-empowered, have an active role in participation in social and political spheres, and work for an inclusive society.
The youth camp, a great time for youth, to get away from their regular settings and focus on having an inclusive society. The people of Pakistan, especially its youth, are tolerant, creative, and dedicated to growing as active global citizens. The experts, instructors, speakers, and delegates inclined the youth from all over Pakistan to deliver the promise of empowerment by instilling a spirit of inclusivity, adventure, and discovering cross-cultural spectrums. The aim of a Youth Camp was to engage young people in dialogues on the motive of having diversified contexts.
At Youth Camp, the programs were tied together by the use of the natural environment, positive and encouraging various cultures. Youth campers learned about the free-market economy, limited government, rule of law, cross-cultural teamwork, inclusivity, Youth Civic Engagement, Harassment, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights Policy, Role of Youth in Polio Eradication, Youth Social and Political Participation, and Sustainable Development and, actualized their ability to cope up youth issues, and finding their place in the society. This Youth Camp allowed youth to belong, grow, thrive, and lead.
All camp participants, organizers, staff, and volunteers treated each other with dignity and respect. The participants were catered for a Social-action project that they should take a month to read and discuss the Camping knowledge with the community members in the perspectives provinces.