Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan and the British Council jointly organized a training workshop last Saturday for the faculty and young social entrepreneurs of technical institutions in Pakistan. The workshop focused on clarifying the concept of social entrepreneurship and generating interest for the integration of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the technical institutions.
YES Network Pakistan is a non-profit organization that pioneered the concepts of youth service and youth social entrepreneurship in the country.
The organization identifies many challenges the country currently faces: the majority of the population are unable to read and write, 30 million children are out of school, 30,000 women die every year from pregnancy complications, 34% of the population is living below the poverty line, and 50 million people have no access to sanitation. At the same time, 70% of the population is under the age of 30 and posses enormous talent, energy, and hope.
YES Network Pakistan creates opportunities for youth to become contributing members of society in hopes to tackle these problems.
Through two programs called Youth Social Entrepreneurship and Youth Service, they support youth both technically and financially in launching community-based, youth-led social enterprises, enable youth to provide services such as education or healthcare for other youth, and raise awareness among public and private organizations as well as educational institutions on youth service and youth social entrepreneurship.
Photo from YES Network Pakistan.
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