November 24, 2014
November 22nd 2014 marked the first welcome session for the 117 selected EYAs across Pakistan. Idara-e-Taleem o Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with A World at School (AWAS) were excited to greet the ambassadors in Lahore at the Children’s’ Library Complex (CLC) located in the heart of the city. Ambassadors from the city and the adjoining areas eagerly participated and introduced their district, provincial or national level endeavors propagating child’s rights and education. The welcome session steered the preliminary steps towards the worldwide movement of young leaders to take action for education and work towards getting every child in school.
This session was inaugurated with a welcome message from Sarah Brown, Co-founder of AWAS and Baela Raza Jamil, Trustee/Advisor ITA laying the ground for an exciting journey for these ambassadors from 2014-2015. The session included an ice breaking, program presentation, a welcome by a current Global Youth Ambassador (GYA) and Pakistan Representation of Youth Alliance Group (YAG), Anushe Bakht, and a question and answer session for the upcoming activities. EYAs from Bajaur Agency, Peshawar and Islamabad travelled great distances to commit their resolve of changing the education dynamics in Pakistan via the skills being offered in the ambassadorship program. The EYAs were also introduced to the Up4School petition campaign as their first struggle to represent Pakistan in a global movement towards committing all children to school and making leaders of their country realize the urgent need to prioritize education. All the EYAs present decided to collect 3000 signatures from their respective homes, offices, networks and government representatives in order to bring Pakistan on the map for this signature campaign. This orientation will be shared on the RTE website (www.rtepakistan.org) for all those ambassadors geographically dispersed throughout the country and eagerly welcoming them to the EYA program.