June 6, 2015

ICx SEPLAA Southern Punjab Programs

In South Punjab, ICx SEPLAA has been working with the SEPLAA Foundation to reach across to both university students as well as underprivileged youth.
The ICx SEPLAA Southern Punjab Programs focus towards promoting innovation and filling the gaps in society through the introduction of the youth to the concept of social entrepreneurship and IT Skill Development for community building.
After the success of the ICx SEPLAA & SEPLAA Foundation incubation project in South Punjab in 2014, more scouting for incubatees will be carried out from September 2015.
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SEPLAA Foundation Project with Umeed Jawan 2014-2015:

Promoting Social Entrepreneurship for Peacebuilding through IT & Youth Mobilization

In 2014, the SEPLAA Foundation worked with great dedication with the youth of Bahawalpur, South Punjab to counter violent extremism through the promotion of positive activities such as training for and setting up of social enterprises.

4th Annual SEPLAA TOP

1. Project Objectives

The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen Pakistan’s fragile context by shifting attitudes and behaviors of the Pakistani youth in Bahawalpur  away from adversarial intolerant approaches towards greater tolerance, inclusiveness and understanding among the  various regional  youth and socio-economic groups;  by promoting innovation and filling the gaps in society through the introduction of the youth to the concept of social entrepreneurship and IT Skill Development for community building.

 

The specific objectives were:

  • To introduce 480 youth to skills related to social entrepreneurship, basic information technology (IT), peacebuilding, and conflict management
  •  To establish the first incubator in Bahawalpur that supports 480 youth to develop social enterprises and use the internet and youth development events to showcase their entrepreneurial talents
  •  To prevent youth from joining violent and extremist groups by cultivating an environment for creative thought and action by reaching out to an additional  720 youth through induction seminars and 480 underprivileged youth.

 

2. Overall Analysis:

 The SEPLAA Foundation faced a number of problems during its implementation which were quickly overcome by changing the work plan and methodology of project implementation.

 

Key Findings:

  •  People of South Punjab have fewer opportunities in terms of entrepreneurship but through this conference, they have been given the chance to make use of their skills and showcase their work in Lahore.
  • South Punjab is considered to be the recruitment ground for terrorist activities. Women are barred to work outside of their home due to domestic and societal pressures. Through social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and peace building are possible because women can work online from home as well.
  • As a result of the 10 months process in South Punjab, the team came to conclude that through the awareness of social entrepreneurship and peace building, there is a prospective chance for the young generation to be responsible citizens of the community. Hence, through social entrepreneurship, the young generation is motivated to work for the betterment of the society rather than indulging themselves in violent extremist activities.

 

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