HEC joins forces with British Council to launch PYLI


The Pakistan Youth Leadership Initiative (PYLI) was officially launched by the British Council at a ceremony held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Islamabad.

Distinguished guests at the event included Dr. Paul Thompson, Chair of the British Council; Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission; Abdulla Al-Abdulla, Executive Director of ROTA-EAA; and James Hampson, Country Director of the British Council Pakistan.

PYLI, a three-year project led by the British Council Pakistan, will be executed in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan’s Youth Development Programme, UNDP Pakistan, local CSOs, and public universities. Funding for the project is provided by the Education Above All Foundation’s “Reach Out to Asia” (ROTA) program under their “Global Citizenship Education for Climate Action” (GCED) initiative.

The objective of PYLI is to promote social and ethical awareness among young people in Pakistan, encouraging them to embrace diversity and take inclusive and responsible actions to influence local, national, and global sustainable development agendas, particularly in climate action. Enhancing the quality of youth education is crucial for building a strong foundation, and through educating each generation in Pakistan, the aim is to foster a more prosperous and environmentally friendly society.

Partners for the PYLI project in Pakistan include the Government of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Youth Programme and Higher Education Commission, along with UNDP, WaterAid, Viamo, and ISD UK.

The launch event showcased a panel discussion with PYLI partners, the introduction of the Learning Management System (LMS), and the official inauguration by distinguished guests. Additionally, there was a panel discussion addressing the challenges and opportunities encountered by youth in Pakistan.

Dr. Paul Thompson, Chair of the British Council, emphasized, “The Pakistan Youth Leadership Initiative empowers young people to shape the future. We anticipate that nearly 300,000 young individuals from across Pakistan, including those enrolled in public universities, will receive the necessary training to spearhead initiatives aimed at addressing the pressing issue of climate change.”

Abdulla Al-Abdulla, Executive Director of ROTA-EAA, remarked, “ROTA recognizes the youth of Pakistan as pivotal agents in climate action, and we are dedicated to supporting their endeavors to make a positive and meaningful impact through the Pakistan Youth Leadership Initiative (PYLI) in collaboration with the British Council Pakistan.”

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