APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
A well-researched and thoroughly consulted process has been designed to convert the experiences of IDSP into a larger operational framework. The intellectual activism and social entrepreneurship model is institutionalized by the Trust of Development Studies and Practices Pakistan.
The concept of intellectual entrepreneurship (Intellectual entrepreneurship is a philosophy and vision of education that views academics as 'innovators' and 'agents of change.) is a relatively new phenomenon in the western academic world, but IDSP has been practicing it since inception. This change in terminology, however, would have a few benefits: a) it provides a more responsive semantic framework to understanding IDSP's uniqueness; b) it makes its evaluation more responsive, freeing it from established benchmarks of research and pure academia; and c) it opens up new sources of funding for both intellectual entrepreneurship and social ventures, as venture capital and social enterprises have a distinct category of funders beyond the traditional development donors.
The option of intellectual entrepreneurship facilitates IDSP in creating the knowledge base that the institution believes is vital for self-reflection and growth of people and communities. It gives people the critical thinking edge that allows innovation, perspective and checks and balances on both, thoughts and applications.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The program will be implemented in 2012, with the first cohort of 200 young learners (both men and women). The higher degree program starting at Step II will be initiated in 2012 with 30 learners (both men and women). By the end of 2014, the first batch of 10 Social Entrepreneurs will be providing social and business solutions to their respective communities.
The process will follows seven interrelated steps:
Step I (Jan 2012-Dec 2013): Program for literate, semi-literate and illiterate young people of 9-19 years of age across Pakistan. The initial two years are dedicated to creating a pool of young enthusiasts (both men and women). These young people will be given training in a transformative citizenship program that includes adult literacy, life skills, political education, basic economic concepts, Pakistani social trends, and activism. It will also include crosscutting concepts like critical thought, contemporary history and reflections on gender.
Step II (Jan - April 2012): Once the young learners go through Step I, the second step is residential at IDSP campus. The first step ensures that all learners initially ranging from illiterate to literate end up on the same level, and have similar opportunities to learn further with step II. Based on their prior experience and exposure, some young people can join at the second step, which is rooted in developing learners for higher social responsibilities, exposing them to global ideas and connecting them with grassroots projects with clear purpose and intent on resolving social issues and creating opportunities.
Pakistan is going through one of the most difficult times in its history. With a population of over 160 million people, Pakistan's rampant violence, dismal economic situation, and poor social indicators contribute to a precarious situation not only within Pakistan but across the region. The Center for Poverty Reduction and Social Policy Development reported on Pakistan's progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, and reported that Pakistan has achieved only very limited success in meeting the 37 indicators of eight MDGs. These development challenges are worsened by the fact that Pakistan has the highest mortality rate in South Asia (State Bank of Pakistan, Annual Report, http://www.sbp.org.pk/reports/annual/arfy06/Chp-8.pdf).
Additionally, Pakistan has a large population of young people, with 60% of its citizens between 15 and 35 years old. The majority of this group is illiterate, semi-literate, or has poor social, intellectual, or technical education. The formal education system provides a low quality education for the poor and therefore contributes to an increase in youth outside the system, who are largely excluded from the job market, making them ill-equipped to confront work situations that may be economically exploitive. Numerous researchers have shown a direct correlation between the youth bulge (The Demographics of Political Violence: Youth Bulges, Insecurity and Conflict, Henrik Urdal) and the growth of terrorism and violence. This young cohort of the population, potentially a great asset to the development and progress of the country, can also be a threat to themselves, their families, communities, country, and even to the global civil society if not given proper education and opportunities.
IDSP's practices and model focus on these young people, aiming to develop their self-esteem, connect them with their families, instill good research practices, and develop social entrepreneurial skills, in order to either establish them as leaders to drive community development and rights-based projects or find placements in leading positions. To date, IDSP programs and courses have graduated 4000 young people, 98 percent of which meaningfully engage socio-economically and professionally in the NGO sector, or have started their own initiatives and activism. IDSP prioritizes the most vulnerable members of the youth population - half of the graduates have been women, and the majority of graduates are from Balochistan, the province with the lowest socio-economic and human rights indicators (South Asia Human Rights Reports) in Pakistan.
The Trust for Development Studies and Practices is seeking financial support of $200,000 to install solar energy in the campus of its University of Community Development, as there is almost no power available on a continual basis in Balochistan. The sun energy is available 300 days of the year in Quetta. This University is in the beautiful Valley of Hanna on the outskirts of Quetta and surrounded with villages that are in need of solar energy. The University will introduce the use of solar energy in the communities, and also through its courses for young people.
The second greatest need of support is a project for dairy farming in the University that educates communities in dairy farmingfor business enterprise. Approximately $200,000 needs to be raised for the dairy farming project.
IDSP's vision is to nurture and develop the individual and communities to change the power structure by demystifying the process of education and development.
IDSP recognizes itself as a regional learning institution and is known for its innovative regeneration of repressed knowledge values and interdependent practices. IDSPs learners database demonstrates its support, for those from 5 years to over 35, to expand IDSP's vision by cultivating change agents. Developing new change agents is a contentious process. IDSP seeks resources to carry forward its interventions and needs financial support or access to financial resources to practices its theories. IDSP hopes to act as a vehicle to transport its philosophy and achievements to all parts of deprived areas of Balochistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan for sustainable development.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
The Trust for Development Studies and Practices is in the process of developing support systems and processes for young Pakistani men and women. Individuals / organizations with similar experiences will be of high value. The challenge is to convert practices and experiences into workable systems, without compromising the essence of the approach and its outcome.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
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