Saira Zahid, MA English Literature student, participated in The Youth Camp 2020 recently organized by THE NATIVES at the University of Peshawar. The 6-day long camp themed on “Youth Dialogue and Action for Inclusive Society” aimed at providing a platform for the youth to exchange their ideas and promote an all-encompassing society.
THE NATIVES, is an independent, non-partisan, and non-political mind firm aiming at increasing peacebuilding, co-existence, civic engagement, youth leadership, and social inclusion. The participants were selected with equal ratio from all the provinces and communities of Pakistan taking into consideration of all the minority ethnicities.
This youth platform had sessions full of learning focused on the topics such as climate change, nutrition sensitive agriculture, harassment of women at workplace, diversity and inclusion, ECO-tourism, especially. Many other interesting topics and the field trips were aslo a part of this camp.
While speaking to The Spectacle, Ms. Zahid said that the camp was a home for 70 young people from different backgrounds and communities. “This camp exposed me to people of different colors, ethnicities, regions and languages; and I enjoyed the beauty of Pakistan”, she said.
“I would get up early in the morning for the sessions but the chilly weather of Baragali would never let me get out of the blanket early. The succulent Pashtoon food was so appealing. The hospitable Pashtoons made me realize that pure people still exist on earth”, she adds.
Youth Camp 2020 was a great time for youth, to get away from their regular settings and focus on having an inclusive society. The experts, instructors, speakers, and delegates inclined the youth from all over Pakistan to deliver the promise of empowerment by instilling a spirit of inclusivity, adventure, and discovering cross-cultural spectrums.