Young Leaders Workshop on Parliament, Constitution and National Development December – January, 2018

  • Publication Date: Mon, January 8, 2018

    From December 20, 2017 to January 05, 2018, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, Islamabad organized a 15 day training program for students of O-Levels from Karachi and Islamabad. The objective of the program was to create awareness and understanding of the working of the Parliament, importance of Constitution and their role in the national development. The program was divided over a number of thematic lectures, training sessions, group discussions, visits and presentations over a period of three weeks.

    The thematic lectures included sessions on a diverse range of topics including democracy and its importance, key pillars of the State, authority and working of the National Assembly and Senate, elections and electoral procedure, Constitution, law making, rights of responsibilities of citizens in the light of Constitution in Pakistan, role of Parliament in budget-making process, and importance of development and institutions. They were also given informative lectures on sustainable development goals, role of Parliament in environment conservation, principles of leadership, and working of standing committees. The facilitators included officers and experts from different departments of PIPS, including Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director PIPS; Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, Director Research and IT, Mr. Khalid Mehmood, former Joint Secretary National Assembly; Ms. Tehseen Khalid, senior research officer; Ms. Fakiha Mehmood & Mr. Rizwan Manzoor, PIPS Research officers; Ms. Saadia Bashir, Legislative Officer; Mr. Fahd Amin, Legislative Consultant along with Parliamentary Subject Experts, Ms. Nayab Abeer, Ms. Samra Minhaj and Ms. Zonia Yousuf.

    A number of visits were also arranged for the students which included trips to the Parliament House, where they visited the Senate, Dastur Gali, Senate Hall, National Assembly Hall, Speaker’s Office, and the newly inaugurated Monument Wall at the Parliament House. The students also visited the SDGs Secretariat at the National Assembly where they were given an orientation session on the working of Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs by Ms. Sahrish Kausar and her team. Furthermore, a session was conducted at the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) at the National Assembly where they were informed about the role of women parliamentarians in women and human rights legislation by Ms. Huma Chughtai and her WPC team.

    To enhance their active participation, the students were assigned research topics related to parliamentary matters in the country. On the last day of the workshop, the participants presented their work on diverse range of topics including the role and working of standing committees, challenges and opportunities faced by the primary sector education in Pakistan, and participation of youth in civic activities. The presentations by the students were highly appreciated by the Chief Guests, Honourable Senators Mr. Farhatullah Babar and Ms. Rubina Khalid. Mr. Farhatullah Babar expressed his delight over meeting the young participants and appreciated PIPS for organizing this workshop with youth of Pakistan, which is the first of its kind in in the country. He advised the participants to become proponents of democracy and constitutionalism and termed the workshop a highly worthwhile pursuit. Giving advice to the students for their professional careers, he told them to remember three key principles in life: firstly, never assume that you know the total truth; secondly the true measure of the strength of a person is not that you fall or slip but what you do when you slip, either you get back up and resume the forward march or stay down and believe that life is finished. The third piece of his valuable advice was that never assume that you have reached the absolute height in life, and believe that there is always a higher mountain to climb. He concluded by congratulating the students and PIPS for a successful workshop. At the end of the ceremony, certificates were distributed among the participants and organizers of the workshop by the Honourable chief guest followed by a group photo at the end.