Guest Speaker – Empowering Indigenous Youth in Pakistan

Development From Below: A Change Maker Journey of Creating Leadership Through Empowering the Indigenous Youth of Balochistan in Pakistan

Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari
Founding Director & President
Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Karachi, Pakistan

Monday, May 11, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Tina Beynen:  tbeynen@uwo.ca

Brief Bio: Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhtaeri is a community development practitioner and educationist in Pakistan.  She began social work in a refugee camps after the ’71 war in Pakistan.  In the 80s, she led a UNICEF sponsored housing project installing pit latrines for three hundred thousand refugees in Orangi, Karachi.  In the mid 80s, she moved to Balochistan to launch a girls’ school movement. She established more than 1800 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history.  In 1998, she established the Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP).  In the words of Dr. Bakhtiari, IDSP “is a movement that opens Learning Spaces for the young majority population of Pakistan to empower them for generating and regenerating responses to the existing challenges of education, learning, livelihood, peace and pluralism”. Since the inception of IDSP she has conceptualized and completed several community development projects in Balochistan.   Her work has focused on education, sanitation, relief projects, and social activism. She was elected to the Asoka fellowship in 1999.  She was the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006 (IDSP, 2006).  She was one of the 100 prominent women in the world who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

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