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Organization for Educational Change (OEC) elects new leadership




Organization for Educational Change (OEC)

Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral‘s largest youth-led non-profit initiative Organization for Educational Change (OEC) has elected new leadership for the year 2018-19 during the annual meeting. The new President, Vice President, and Executive Director sworn in at an event held in Islamabad. Imran Ahmed Hunzai, OEC’s co-founder and former Chairperson of Monitory & Advisory (M&A) Council, took the oath from new leadership of the organization.

The annual meeting of Organization for Educational Change (OEC) was held at Kolachi Restaurant in Islamabad on Sunday 2nd December. It was attended by the former Chairman Monitoring & Advisory Council Mr. Imran Ahmed Hunzai, Former Presidents Kamal Uddin and Khayam Beg, former Vice-President and Joint secretary, goodwill partners and new volunteers of OEC.

A report and flashback of the activities carried out during the year 2017-18 was shown that included educational expos and other OEC events.

Team Organization for Educational Change Gilgit Baltistan

Left to Right: Kamal Uddin (Out-going President), Junaid (Out-going Vice President), Karim Ahmad (New President), Saima Kiran (New Vice President) and Akhtar Hussain (New Executive Director)

Karim Ahmad (Daneal) has been elected the President while Saima Kiran has been elected the Vice-President. Akhter Hussain will serve as the Executive Director during the upcoming tenure.

The outgoing President Mr. Kamal Uddin and Vice President Mr. Junaid expressed their gratitude to the volunteers, donors and goodwill partners who have been contributing to make OEC’s projects successful. They also pointed out areas of improvement that could enhance OEC’s overall working. The out-going President and Vice President will continue to give their services under M&A Council as per the organization’s bylaws.

Mr. Imran Hunzai thanked the outgoing team for their dedication and selfless contributions made during the past tenure. He added that the M&A Council expects the new team to carry forward the flag to bring a change in the society through education.

Awards and certificates of appreciations were distributed among the out-going volunteers including the heads of various projects. After lunch, two youngsters and upcoming musicians from Gilgit-Baltistan performed instrumental music and entertained the audience.

Rabab Music Gilgit-Baltistan

The audience is being entertained with live Rabab music.

Organization for Educational Change (OEC) was founded in 2010 by former students of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS), Gilgit. OEC is currently the largest youth-led organization in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral working on six projects including Educure, the only bi-lingual educational magazine in Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral. The organization has members from almost all districts of GB&C without any discrimination. Volunteers are inducted every year based on their willingness to give time for various OEC projects.

OEC is also providing financial assistance to over 40 primary-level students through its initiative called Investing in Future Leaders (IFL).


AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration




AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners with the Karakoram
International University, Gilgit, for programs of scientific and technical collaborations to advance the state of living conditions and reduce the vulnerability of mountain communities.

This partnership will encourage and facilitate young researchers and development practitioners in the field of disaster management and related disciplines such as hazard identification and assessment, mitigation, preparedness socioeconomic vulnerability assessment, climate change
induced disasters, Glacier and Glacier lakes, radiation hazards in the built environment and area focused structural design.

A high-level meeting held between Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and Karakoram International University, at Gilgit on 29 May 2019 to discuss technical aspects of the partnership for information sharing, exchange of resources and provision of opportunities. The meeting followed by the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to advance the state of living conditions and reduces the vulnerability of mountain communities to natural disasters. The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of KIU and the CEO of AKAH.

In his remarks Engr. Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah, Vice Chancellor, Karakoram International University shared that “KIU is committed to making social development and evolution of peaceful and pluralistic societies in the mountainous areas of Pakistan. This formal linkage between the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and KIU will be considered vital to boost research
and technical cooperation by sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources”.

AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

“Dealing with the issues of climate change and ensuring a safe and sustainable human habitat in the mountain areas is a key challenge of our times. We believe this challenge can only be addressed through strong cooperation and synergy between public and private sector organizations including academia and the civil society through generation and sharing of

knowledge, experience and technical cooperation” emphasized by Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, CEO of AKAH while speaking to the occasion. He further added that “this partnership will provide KIU researchers the opportunity of a field laboratory in AKDN projects for applied research in areas of disaster management and climate change adaptation and mitigation which will ultimately contribute to improvement in the quality of life of the communities. He appreciated the support that the public sector organizations have extended to AKDN and termed this partnership another key step for the development of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

In the past AKAH (AKPBS) jointly with KIU has worked on the development of skilled craftsmanship in Gilgit-Baltistan through joint programs.

Hundreds of craftspeople have benefited from the joint program and are benefitting communities with their learned skills.

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Zulfiqar Essa: Contending for the Hult Prize 2019 with a Million Dollar Idea




Zulfiqar Essa

“My name is Zulfiqar Essa and I’m from Hyderabad, Hunza. I’m the co-founder of TechScape and previously have been awarded the Global UGRAD scholarship. Currently, I’m working on an idea called “Shirijon” which aims to create over 10,000 jobs in the next decade. I’m collaborating on this idea with my team members from Chitral, Punjab, and Germany.

Recently our idea got selected in the top 35 for HULT Prize 2019 from around two hundred thousand global applications received from across 120 countries. In the next round to be held in Amman, Jordan, we will be competing against young entrepreneurs from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, and other globally known institutions. Our idea is the very first Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) to make it to the regional round of HULT Prize.

Team Shirijon from COMSATS Islamabad - Hult Prize 2019

Our team from COMSATS University Islamabad is quite excited to participate in the 10th Annual Hult Prize Regional Summit in an attempt to win a $1 million USD as a seed fund. We think that this idea has the potential to change the economy of not only Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but entire Pakistan as well.”

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