Pakistan Youth Forum

Forum set up to address Pakistani youths’ health, education needs

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 14, 2015

DUBAI: A group of young, passionate Pakistanis from different professional backgrounds have set up a new platform – Pakistan Youth Forum (PYF) – to address expats needs in the two major fields of education and health in the UAE.
In a ceremony held at Bustan Centre, Dubai, on Wednesday evening, a memorandum of understanding was signed to affiliate the forum under the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) as its new wing. Dr Jameela Haq, founder and chairperson of the forum and Dr Faisal Ikram, general secretary of the association, inked the MoU in the presence of members from both sides.
The PYF has also announced the young Pakistani prodigy, Sitara Brooj Akbar, as its Youth Ambassador.
Haq stated that the PYF is open for membership, and once schools begin next month, the members of different committees will visit various schools to portray the mission and fulfil the obligations set as goals for the young Pakistani persons residing in the UAE.
“Students in Pakistani schools will be provided with guidance for their education and counselling for their future careers, while volunteers and mentors will be invited to motivate them to pursue higher education. Without education, we are blind. As a member of this community, it is our mission to help students set higher benchmarks in the education sector,” she said.
Highlighting the mission of the PYF, Information and Communication Secretary Siham Arif said that they had been part of various activities as volunteers for the community, but felt the need to set up a platform for youths to address their needs, especially in the education sector.
“When I was in college, nobody approached us to provide assistance for our careers. This is one of the major issues that a large number of Pakistani students face. They need guidance to set goals in practical life,” pointed Ebad, a senior member of the forum.
The PYF has set up various committees to address issues facing the younger generation of Pakistani expats residing in the UAE. The education committee will focus on the fields of public speaking, career counselling, English enhancement and setting up a students’ society, while the health committee will aim to raise health awareness among students.
The PYF has launched its membership through social media pages, and soon the website will be launched to provide an online platform to address students for their needs.
Earlier, Dr Faisal Ikram extended his gratitude to the young members who set up the forum for younger generations.
“We at the PAD have been looking forward to setting up a platform for our young generation in the UAE, but we did not find an enthusiastic team to carry it out. Today, we are glad we have one, as we see the makings of our next line of leadership getting ready to face challenges in the line of serving its community. The PAD will provide every form of assistance to the forum to make them a successful wing of the association, as well as assist in addressing the needs of students studying in different academic institutes throughout the country,” he said.
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~ by jamilkhan on August 14, 2015.

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