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GKP Youth and ICT Awards 2005 Winner:Youth is not a problem, youth is a solution : Rana Gulzar, AMAL

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Rana Gulzar is working as Project Manager with Amal. He is training peer educators, community/social activists and youth from public and social sectors on health education, human rights and health issues.  He has the work experience in the 70 districts of Pakistan with approximately 1300 NGOs/CBOs on capacity building and health education.

He has received award from the Goi Peace Foundation Tokyo, Japan and The World Peace Prayer Society in 2003 and has also been selected for International Youth Parliament 2004 (IYP 2004).

EDC (Health & Human Development Programs) USA has made a documentary on his life history and work, “How Can Youth Work to Stop AIDS around the World” in 2003. EDC showed this documentary to 2500 delegates in Youth Employment Summit 2003, India.

What are the main areas of your interest?
 Main areas of my interest are to work on youth issues particularly issues of high-risk youth/street children in Pakistan on Life skills based education, HIV prevention and role of ICT in problem solving.

What are the main activities of the organisation you are associated with?
YES! (Youth Empowerment Skills!) is a community based Life Skills, ICT and Adolescents Rights Awareness Programme. The Pakistani youth, specifically those belonging to the poorer strata of society, are vulnerable to sexual exploitation. These adolescents have little or no knowledge of matters related to reproductive health  such as puberty, virginity, menstruation, masturbation and family planning, STIs and human rights. It is important that they are made aware of a variety of reproductive health and human rights issues.

Quetta City, the heart of Balochistan, Pakistan, is the largest market of automobile spare parts and carpet weaving industry in the province. It is densely populated. Socio-economic status of the people of the locality is generally very low. A lot of young peopleof the city are employed as child labour or are involved in petty crimes. Most of these young people are illiterate Afghan refugees. Availability of cheap labour and the low rents attract legal and illegal businesses to this location.

AMAL Human Development Network Balochistan is piloting a youth oriented project in the area of Quetta city. The target population for YES! is out of school male and female adolescents aged between 10-17 years. The majority of labour force working in these shops, workshops and carpet weaving industry are these young children. Majority of them are paid Rs 5-10 (less than $ 1) per day for their apprenticeships and labour. Most of them are migrant children. They are also vulnerable to physical/sexual abuse.

Under the YES! Project, AMAL provides a series of result oriented activities like child rights, ICT and legal aid, HIV/AIDS awareness and sensitisation, rights base training, life skills training, non-formal education/vocational training, assertiveness, self-protection, peer education, training of trainers, monthly social and cultural activities, and development of community organisation.

These interventions are designed on the basis of a situational analysis and needs assessment of the area.

Which focus of your organizational activities seemto be most interesting and purposeful to you?
AMAL Human Development Network is a non-profit organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 (registration No. RSICT273), established in 1994.

AMAL

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