Teachers Training Workshop on CLIMATE CHANGE

On Sunday 27th August, National Volunteer Programme collaborated with FUR DIE FREIHEIT, German non-profit organization, for their Teachers Training Workshop on Climate Change at Movenpick, Karachi. Understanding the sensitivity of the Climate Change issue, NVP got onboard with FUR DIE FREIHEIT in order to successfully pull off their training workshop. Our team coordinated with NVP partner institutions including: Zindagi Trust, Street to School, RLCC and Kiran Foundation, in an effort to get teacher working in these institutions trained at the event so that these teachers could decimate their learning onto the students.  To our delight, all 17 teachers referred by NVP attended the training and made the workshop vibrant.

Lead by Ms Afia Salam, Journalist and Climate Expert, and Mr Aamir Amjad, Programme coordinator, FNF, Program Agenda was very well defined. Commencing from the basic concepts of Climate to different aspects of climate change as to how it affects the Human Beings from all walks of life. We learned that the effect of climate change can be observed in both short-run and the long-run. The disturbance created by the Climate change could go beyond the individuals and to entire economies as it can distort employment and migration patterns. In addition, the subject of Climate Change is not constrained to individuals belonging to the field of environment but its scope is much wider and should be studied by marketers, architects, engineers and teachers. For instance: In a reported incident, a certain area was vulnerable to heavy storms not taking this into account, marketers placed heavy billboards on great heights that crushed people beneath them when the storm hit that area. Similarly architects could use materials that are resistant to such disasters. In this century where commercialization is at its height, the significance of environmental studies is quite evident.

Undoubtedly, as NVP representatives at the event, we could say that there exists a dire need for such training workshops as they do not only create awareness but provide a framework that should be implemented in our surroundings in order to minimize risks by taking precautions and having a proactive approach, to have sustainable development, and to thrive as a Nation, well informed of climatic changes.

The workshop ended with refreshment and certificate distribution to the participants. There was much to take away by the attendees. In the conclusion, we would like to Thank FNF for creating such learning opportunities, and we also present our gratitude to NVP partner institutions: Zindagi Trust, Street to School and RLCC for being highly cooperative in this regard.

LEARNING + COMMUNITY SERVICE + FUN = BEST POSSIBLE COMBINATION

Introducing Haseef Sachwani, Mehar Ali, and Mazhar Manasiya, students of Computer Science at Reputable Universities. These young boys got acquainted with National Volunteer Programme a couple of months ago, witnessing their enthusiasm to volunteer, we connected with them to find out in terms of what moves them, identifying their interests and what do they expect from NVP? We found their interests to be similar and aligned with their academics. Fortunately enough, we had an opportunity at Society for Rehabilitation of Special Children waiting for them. SRSC required volunteers to develop a website for them and as per our routine we assigned the group to the institution. What happened next is interesting.

Haseef, Mehar and Mazhar didn’t know each other, they began volunteering on the same day at SRSC, met there for the first time, and volunteered at similar position. It goes without saying that they had a Volunteer Supervisor who was there to oversee things and direct the group, but these volunteers started interacting with each other and before you know it, they became friends. It was a pleasure for the Supervisor to see the volunteers bonding instantly, saving him the hassle of introduction, he assigned all the three volunteers a similar task of developing a website.

They self-organized themselves as a team. They divided the duties and each one of them was responsible for the task delegated to him. For instance: One of them was to take care of designing and the others were responsible for programming and backup. While the duties were assigned the team didn’t leave any of its member high and dry, they kept coordinating and helped each other when required. Moreover, their interest peeked because the objective was in parallel with their academics. “We had been learning in the classrooms, working at SRSC was the moment we applied that learning practically and it was a great experience”, said Haseef. “We have had times when we got stuck but our Volunteer Supervisor was always there to guide us through”, recalled Mehar. A number of their skills were tested as they worked as a team, a practical application of academic knowledge, and finally also opened up networking opportunities as they developed the website for the institution and the organization was all praises.

Their term had ended by the time their project was ready, they  all had the positive things to say about their time spent at SRSC. They expressed that they would want to volunteer again and build a long term affiliation with National Volunteer Programme. Through its platform they were able to help the community, harness their personal development, grow their network and make lifelong friends. The spirit rejoices with the proud feeling that we can make a difference and play our part in  creating a just society.