Citizenship & Peace
One is not born a citizen, it is a task to become one – a task that requires informed and deliberate effort, it’s a lengthy learning process which continues to be a struggle in our country. For any society to be viable, it must depend on the abilities and knowledge of its citizens who are conscious of their roles, responsibilities and status as an individual.
We are faced with a number of conflict situations, and there is crisis of democracy especially in terms of election struggles such as low voter turnout, which is critical to the economic as well as social development and sunstainable peace in the country. To help change this narrative, we work on strengthening and promoting independent and politically active civil society across Pakistan, while observing our valuable customs and traditions.
It is imperative that every citizen possesses the knowledge of the nation’s institutions, and an awareness that the rule of law applies to every situation, every individual, every society. Taking this into account, our work involves informing people that as citizens, they are entitled to civil and political rights recognised by Pakistan’s constitution. We train and educate people to inculcate respect and recognition, and combat discrimination may it be genderbased, religious or any other. The aim is to foster a spirit of tolerance and peace among citizens of Pakistan.
By helping protect the basic rights of citizens, we are playing our part in preventing conflict and spurring economic growth to advance our country’s prosperity in the long run. or any other. The aim is to foster a spirit of tolerance and peace among citizens of Pakistan.
We are focused on:
- Building capacity by equipping people with a range of skills such as effective communication, advocacy, leadership skills, spirit of volunteering, fundraising and networking skills.
- Assisting young people in addressing their local issues and coming up with tailormade solutions to help their communities.
- Encouraging young individuals to share their perspective and opinions with policy makers through neutral platforms and encouraging exchange of views by being tolerant and open towards opposing ideas.
Due to these efforts, we have achieved:
- Over 10,000 active UReporters in Pakistan who have signed up on the UReport SMS platform and regularly respond to poll questions. Their responses identify bottlenecks and challenges in service delivery and reduces the distance between young citizens and their governments to ensure appropriate responses are policies are put in place
- A linkage between civil society, community leaders and networks of young people and organizations in Pakistan through British Council’s Active Citizens programme. The idea was to deepen trust and understanding within and between communities.
- Exposure to 300 youth of Lyari to latest economic, political, cultural and social ideas. They engaged in dialogue with thought leaders and experts of their respective fields and executed 22 Peace Action Projects, 52 events and various activities in all localities of Lyari town, reaching about 3000 young people directly and impacting over 10,000 people in the community through Peace Action Projects.