VSO & Rescue 1122 Organize Youth Facilitators Training Program

Youth Facilitators training for community resilience, organized by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in collaboration with Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122, has ended. This training programme was been organized to motivate and empower youth with the support of VSO, to work together to promote the culture of peace and enhance respect safety and dignity for all.

In this regard, 36 youth facilitators have been selected through a rigorous process of recruitment and have been trained to pilot the peace promotion and community resilience program. Rescue 1122 and VSO, together, trained selected youth facilitators to further execute community activities in District Rawalpindi, Islamabad city, and Multan.

Sheryar Khan, the Senior Programmes Manager, said while talking to the trainees that you have to work in the communities with a people-centered approach and build ownership in the communities to implement social actions. The Community Youth Facilitators have developed their work plans for delivery of social actions which were presented at the end of the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Country Director VSO Mr. Hasham Bilal said,

Peace promotion is an integral part of community resilience. I believe that 11 days of training would enhance the professional capacity of the youth facilitators and collaboration with Rescue 1122 will be a great support to implement the project activities in decided districts.

Ms. Deeba Shahnaz Head Community Safety & Information conveyed the message of the Director-General Rescue 1122 Dr. Rizwan that the Emergency Service shall ensure support for community resilience activities to get ultimate goal of Safer Pakistan.

He also motivated youth facilitators to enhance all concept of training and techniques by the experts of training for further community resilience activities in true letter and spirit. He said Rescue 1122 already have a huge organized network of Rescue Mohafiz (Volunteers) which shall definitely be helpful for youth facilitators for peace promotion, social cohesion and community resilience in the country.

The selected participants have been trained on basic concepts of resilience, sustainable development goals (SDG’s) including Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate change, Rapid Risk Assessment, Social Cohesion and approaches of peace-building and dispute resolution.

Youth Facilitators have also been trained on basic life support & fire safety, social inclusion, social accountability, active citizenship and leadership, interpersonal communication skills, planning and developing social actions and monitoring & evaluation.

The participants have been evaluated through a written test at the end of the training. The ten-day training started on 30th October 2017 and ends on 10th November 2017.