New opportunities for a new generation in northern Pakistan

Meet Mahayuddin and Aftar Gul, a remarkable duo changing lives in northern Pakistan.

Mahayuddin Aftar

Mahayuddin and Aftar live in the remote community of Garam Chashma, where more than 60 percent of the population is under the age of 25. Despite steady gains in education – often outpacing other parts of Pakistan – many young women and men in this region face barriers to entering the labour market and participating in civic activities.

Mahayuddin and Aftar are tackling these challenges head on. They developed leadership skills through a local program, and are now training other young Pakistanis to reactivate youth organizations in their community.

Youth organizations provide a forum for young people to identify priorities and work together to address challenges in their communities, such as a lack of opportunities for employment or recreation.

Investing in youth is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty, because youth who are trained and well educated are more employable and therefore better able to contribute to overall economic and social development.

AKFC – with the support of Global Affairs Canada – works with local partners to help young people develop the work and leadership skills they need to become active, contributing members of their communities.

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Youth Empowerment (Pakistan)