DOST Youth Wing Training Programme: WE Boot Camp

Donor: Dost Welfare Foundation/ British Council, Pakistan

BACKGROUND:

The idea of Boot Camp came up when the ilmbassadors (DOST volunteers) were facing problems due security threats after the terrorist attach on Army Public School, Peshawar. The security situation was effecting the enrollment campaign of volunteers under British Council Tacke A Child to School (TACS) project. So to motivate the volunteers and achieve the targets of the enrollment DOST TACS team came up with the idea of incentive trip for the volunteers. For the purpose Active Citizens Mobilization cost was utilized with contribution from DOST. DOST youth wing Work to Empower (WE) organized two Boot Camp sessions in 2015.

First session of Boot Camp with the theme “Living on the Edge” was organized at Nathiagali from 19 February to 22 February 2015. Over 86 participants from all over Pakistan participated in the first event. Representatives of national and international NGOs were also present in the event. During the conference the participants got the opportunity learn and skill community engagement through forum theatre. The activity was successfully and first of its kind in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Boot Camp Season II with a theme “Hum Sey Hai Zamana” was organized at Kalam from 6 October to 11 October 2015. The focus of session II was to encourage youth for innovation and entrepreneurship. During the event special tribute was given to the martyrs of APS incident. Besides the increase number of participants the event also attracted governments officials, civil society representatives and media.

Primary prevention of drug abuse has been core component of all sessions. The participants were given the knowledge of drug abuse, its effects and treatments.

Specific Objectives:

1) Capacity building of Youth on Social Entrepreneurship.

2) Digging out new ideas of Social Enterprise.

3) Promoting tourism and exploring beauty of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

4) Drug Prevention Awareness.

5) Direct Beneficiaries

Progress Indicators

Year 2015

Participants in two sessions

206

Guest Speakers

9

Youth Projects

13

Sustainable youth projects

8

Community based theatre performances in Mardan, Swabi and Charssadda

52

Internship programme by Coffey International for 150 youth

02

Capacity building of media team by Coffey International

15