Through this project, ABKT aims to create a critical mass of 30 youth leaders from 5 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan where youth are vulnerable to radicalization in the face of militancy and corruption. Giving them a platform to understand and engage in democratic processes, this project will train and support the 30 youth leaders in organizing a campaign around a political issue that affects their community, bringing them together in an important space of civic engagement.
The Pakistani population is young and growing rapidly. Because of the violence and corruption associated with politics, parents hesitate to involve the youth in political processes. Additionally, as the youth are continuously exposed to hate speech and radicalization, they often succumb to harmful narratives of social development initiatives as threats to Pashtun code of honor and Islam. There is an increasing need to get the youth involved in democratic processes in their communities.
Through this project, ABKT will provide leadership, systems thinking, and authentic voice training to 30 selected youth political leaders in order to prepare them to get involved with issues in their communities throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They will be supported by 5 political activist mentors who will help them to develop their own advocacy campaigns and gain community support. The youths will be brought together on a bi-annual basis to discuss district level issues in parliamentary style.
This project will empower 30 youth political leaders through training, support, and a platform to voice their opinions. These politically active youth will not only grow up caring about civic engagement but will also be encouraged and inspired to spread their knowledge to the rest of their communities. The project will therefore result in increased community awareness of important political, economic, and social issues that greatly impact the lives of those living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.