Support the Youth Leadership Conference in Kashmir - Mawaqa-e-Taajir
“In the bleak chaos of curfews, protest and violence are dreams of schools that are open, grounds where children play and moments that make you smile. There are aspirations for dignity, success and purpose.”
There has been a breakdown of the education system as schools and colleges have been forced to shut in the ensuing violence that has engulfed in Pulwama, South Kashmir. The conflict has served to shrink the local economy, decreasing opportunities for employment and income generation.
Ms. Hafsa Syed is a 22-year-old Kashmiri student, studying MA political science at Delhi University.
Mr. Ardsheer Ali is a 21-year-old student of Conflict Transformation at Delhi Universty and has done his graduation in Business Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia.
Combining the knowledge of business and political sciences, both of them - in collaboration with the STEP Trust, an NGO based in Delhi that works on building a peaceful society through education, advocacy and action in Kashmir - are organising a youth leadership conference, Mawaqa-E-Taajir (opportunities for business), in May 2017 to promote entrepreneurship in Pulwama District.
The conference has the following objectives –
- i) To enhance creativity and innovation in terms of economic opportunities.
- ii) To impart self sufficient behaviour to the youth in order for them to take up entrepreneurial work.
- iii) To impart a sense to teamwork and co-operation to maximise efficiency
iv) To further the impact of this conference, the STEP Trust is building a Youth Centre in Pulwama. [ www.takeastep.net ] . The centre is to create a physical safe space for young people with a dream of building communities which are multi-perspective and process oriented; and inviting the authentic self with a commitment to the values of empathy, collective decision making and cultural diversity, leading to a rational, mindfully inspired society.
We need your help to implement this idea that can potentially create small-scale entrepreneurs and more productive opportunities for the youth in Kashmir. The funds raised will account for the costs of the conference, and are classified as the following –
- i) Travel: Rs. 1,00,000
- ii) Speakers’ Fee: Rs. 60,000
- iii) Venue, Accommodation and Food: Rs 1,10,000
- iv) Conference Material: Rs 30,000