September 04, 2023
Pakistan Coalition for Education, in partnership with the Indus Valley School for Art and Architecture's Continuing Education Programme (IVS CEP), organized a Youth Dialogue on September 4th, 2023. The conference aimed to facilitate a comprehensive discussion on climate-related challenges, particularly within the context of education. The event took place at the IVS and brought together youth to explore ways to make education more resilient to climate change in their communities.
The key objectives of the Youth Dialogue were as follows:
Ms. Memona Saeed opened the dialogue by welcoming the participants and providing an overview of both Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) and IVS CEP. She emphasized the importance of collective action, youth involvement, and the power of art in conveying messages.
Ms. Ayman Babar introduced the panelists and served as moderator. She highlighted the inadequacy of our current educational systems in addressing climate-related issues and stressed the significant impact of larger systems in promoting a lack of concern for the environment.
Faheem, the founder of Mehrdar, discussed the challenges faced by marginalized youth in Pakistan, particularly their lack of awareness about their history and identity. He emphasized the role of education in filling this gap and stressed the importance of tolerance, empathy, and community engagement. Faheem shared his experiences in using local languages and documentary films to educate communities about climate-related issues. He also emphasized the need for the education system to practically link students with the communities and the strong role of community involvement in addressing climate-related challenges.
Amna, with a background in education psychology, emphasized the need for deeper engagement with students on climate-related issues. She highlighted that the National Climate Policy did not prioritize education as a key concern. She highlighted the gaps and deficiencies of the system in Pakistan. Amna called for incorporating indigenous knowledge and engaging students directly in climate action. She also discussed post-flood trauma among school children and the importance of making them resilient in the face of disasters.
The Youth Dialogue served as a platform for youth to engage in critical discussions about climate challenges in Pakistan and the role of education in addressing them. The event highlighted the need for a more inclusive and resilient education system that empowers students to take climate action. The insights and recommendations shared during the dialogue will contribute to ongoing efforts to mobilize youth for effective climate action in communities across Pakistan.