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Faculty Development Project Phase-I (1995-2005)


The faculty development program, a self funded project of Indus Foundation for Human Development launched under its former name, Iqbal Educational Society in 1995. Male and female school teachers from public and private sector were provided training on soft skills and educational theories. Under project component-II exclusive training workshops were organized for college and university instructors. Over 10500 teachers from different parts of the country benefited from this project.


Indus Computer Literacy Program (1997-2001)

 

          Indus Computer Literacy Program was designed to provide computer literacy to youth and teachers of vulnerable and excluded communities. A five weeks course was designed for this purpose under which students and teachers were provided free computer training, resource material and certificates. Over 3100 students and over 500 teachers got computer training under this program. This was the first initiative of this kind in this part of the city.


Green Teacher Initiative-III (2005. .)

 

          Green Teachers Initiative aims at developing a group of catalyst educators who can transform environmental values and sustainable living patterns to the coming generations. Teachers from selected educational institutions are trained on issues of sustainability and how they can integrate environmental concepts in their teaching. The teachers are also empowered on conducting real life activities to supplement the green teachings.

In the second stage selected teachers are provided advance training on environment and sustainable development and later they act as master trainers. These training workshops are conducted at district headquarters on demand. Fellows of Young leadership Development Program play a vital role in materializing the objectives of Green Teacher Initiative-III.

 

Cultural Heritage Research Initiative (CHRI)  (2008. . .):

 

Cultural Heritage Research Initiative (CHRI) is an ongoing research and development project of Indus Foundation headed by renowned Architect and Historian Mr. Rizwan Azeem. The initiative focuses on cultural, natural and built heritage issue confronted by the society. It aims on research, documentation, awareness and protection of heritage documents, objects and places. Prof: Rizwan Azeem and his team managed to explore the earliest surviving monumental architecture of Lahore city: the tomb of great Sufi known as Hanger Pir. The monument is located at main Multan Road as is in relatively in good condition as local community is directly involved in the maintenance work and annual (Uras) festival celebrations.


Faculty Development Project Phase-II (2005-2015):

 

On successful completion of phase-I the faculty development project was extended for another 10 years. Main objectives of Phase-II are to empower teachers with latest teaching techniques, encourage the spirit of independence of learning and development of effective teaching skills. Indus Foundation will organize learning session, seminars and training workshops for teachers of schools and higher educational institutions to accomplish these objectives from 2005-1015. The project has so far trained over 5000 teachers on diverse topics of education and human empowerment.

 

Young Leadership Development Program (2000-1010)

 

Young Leadership Development Program is a self funded flagship program of Indus Foundation aiming at developing young leadership with global outlook capable of finding sustainable solutions of problems faced by the society. Young people between the ages of 17-28 years, selected after a rigorous process are provided with training on diverse theme of human development with different learning methodologies.

After successful completion of training process trainees are declared as Associates and are involved in research projects enabling them work independently and to take independent decisions for creation of new knowledge. After successful completion of research work or learning a UN language they become life long Fellows of Indus Foundation for Human Development. So far 114 boys and girls have got training under this program.

 

Lahore Sister Cities Project (2009-2012)

 

Appreciating the cultural heritage of the city of Lahore, Board of Director, Indus Foundation for Human Development decided to develop a research project focusing on sister cities of Lahore. Mr. Rizwan Azeem was nominated as focal person for the project. After a range of research, academic and field activities, a small team of heritage experts and city leaders embarked upon this 3 year project. The project will bring socio-cultural and historical evidences of the city in limelight and study the changing lifestyle of the people. Also it will produce an exclusive book on the sister cities of Lahore highlighting their similarities, built heritage and socio-cultural patterns.

 

Grand Learning Expeditions (2005-1015)

 

Grand Learning Expeditions 2005-15 is jointly organized by Indus Foundation for Human Development and Quaid College. This self funded Initiative was launched in 2005 under the second ten year plan of Quaid College. The basic objective of this annual event is to provide the youth an opportunity to undertake a “journey with a purpose”.

 

Every year a specific expedition theme is selected involving a development issue confronted by the country. After careful analysis and research a topic and a subtopic for the expedition is short listed for baseline study and collection of relevant material. In the next step institutional association is obtained ensuring a thorough understanding and concrete learning of the students.

 

Selected Youth is provided with high quality training and are involved in a variety of learning events and field visits. This involves in-campus learning sessions, leadership training activities, field visits, written assignments, contests, presentations, report writing and media activities. Students are required to demonstrate hard work and challenge their communication, interpersonal, thinking and analytical skills.

 

During the expedition they also win prizes, gifts and awards by demonstrating total commitment, group discipline, professional attitude and leadership skills. From quiz contests to professional presentation, from theme poster to group assignments and from in house training sessions to field visits they are assisted, guided, facilitated by field experts, trainers and other members of Expedition Management Team (EMT).

 

The objective is to introduce the students with the ideas and issues of core and cross cutting themes of World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Core themes of WSSD are Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture and Biological Diversity (WEHAB) and cross cutting themes include Education, Gender and Media. Also young people find an opportunity to explore social, economic and ecological implications of developmental issues by visiting industrial units, natural places, projects and research & development centers to have real life experiences in the context of outdoor education.

 

Students are divided in different groups that choose their name, elect a leader and a reporter. Pre-visit information sessions and learning activities will be organized at college campuses. Each group will be allocated with a group theme/topic for assignment, reporting and presentation. All members are required to participate in all activities of the expedition after which a Recognition Certificate will be awarded to all members.

 

After the visits and reports the groups will present the research work/report before the college management, students, media and developmental experts. Prizes, gifts and awards are also given on the basis of punctuality, commitment, performance and leadership attitude. Special prizes are awarded to the best group on its report and presentation. A recognition certificate is also awarded to all members of the expedition.

 

The core theme of expedition-2005 was “Sustainable Development” in salt range, expedition-2006 focused on “Heritage Pakistan” and 2007-expedition was focused on Social Forestry. In 2008 it focused on “Energy Conservation” involving range of activities, field visits and research work. GLE-2009 was arranged on “Rule of Law” activities were held in Lahore High Court, City Law College and Quaid College. Leading experts from Bar and bench conducted the training sessions. Expedition-10 focused on Agricultural “Food Security” in collaboration with 4 Brothers Group, Guard Rice Company and was technically supported by Indus School of nature and Development.  

The theme of GLE-2011 was Urbanization with major focus on Lahore and its Governance. The expedition was titled “Modern Lahore: urbanization, challenges, governance” and its was organized with technical support of The Urban Unit, Lahore Waste Management Company, Rescue 1122, Urban Resource Development Center, Khuda Ki Basti and Arage Resource Center. 60 young people and ten adult volunteers participated in GLE-2011. 

 

            The GLE-2011 was a real learning experience for young people to identify, explore and analyze the theme of Urbanization in the context of the City of Lahore its urbanization, challenges and governance. They studied key urban sector issues in the context of governance of Lahore and explored on key challenges and institutions acting on the frontiers of their solutions. Field visit were organized to historical city of Aimanabad, Lahore Walled City, Lahore Fort, royal Mosque, Khuda Ki Basti, Lahore Compost and Hazoori Bagh.  

 

            The main theme of GLE-2012 was “Sustainable Transportation: from dream to reality”. The group themes were 1. Pakistan Railways: introduction of business trains, 2. Pakistan International Airlines: governance and capacity, 3. Road Transportation: Lahore Metro Transport Authority, 4. Pakistan Motorway & Highway Authority: challenge of outreach and 5. Transportation of Goods: how eco friendly it is?

 

          Field visits of GLE-2012 included sites of Lahore Railway station, Rapid Transport Project, Intercity Bus Terminal and Highway Information & Facilitation Center. The participants also visited local transport stands and enjoyed their lunch at traditional rail dining car. The expedition was technically supported by Transport department of University of Engineering and Technology, Rehbar Transport Authority and National Highway and Motorway Authority.

 

          Expedition also participated in National Seminar of “Road Safety and Sustainable Transportation” organized by Federal Govt. On the basis of report writing and final presentation Road Transport Group was declared as best group of the expedition. Expedition was participated by 48 boys and girls and was lead by Prof: Sajjad Haider.  

 

Youth Career Melas (Festivals) (2006. . ):

 

Youth Career Melas are jointly organized by Indus Foundation for Human Development and Karwan-e-Ilum Foundation Pakistan. YCM aims to provide career guidance to young people so that they can discover their hidden capabilities so that they can capitalize on their potential and excel in their area of interest. This involves career seminars, one on one counseling, online test guidance, subject specialist services. Professional from different institutions of academic, corporate sector, public sector, development sector media and peace activist are involved in this process. They deliver key note address, professional presentations, training sessions and specialized services.

 

These Melas are organized in public places and open for all boys and girls who have taken their SSC/O level or above examinations. In last five years over 5000 young people have benefited from this initiative.


Empowering School Leadership (2007-2008):

 

Empowering School Leadership Training was a joint program of Gohar Publishers and Indus Foundation for Human Development, especially designed to empower Principals/Heads of private sector educational institutions. They were provided with training on key educational theories, interactive teaching methods, effective school management and teaching pedagogies. This training was offered in different districts of Pakistan in collaboration with national and local NGOs, CBOs and teacher Associations.

 

In 2007 training workshops were organized in Lahore, Faisalabad and Sargodha district of Punjab province, Abbotabad, Haripur, Mansehra and Attock districts of NWFP province and Muzaffarabad district of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Heads of over 500 educational institutions have benefited from this program. 

 

National Educational Leadership Development Program (2009. . .):

 

National Educational Leadership Development Program is a joint initiative of Iqbal Academy of Pakistan, Centre for Human Excellence and Indus Foundation for Human Development. It aims to develop a breed of passionate educational leaders who can act as catalyst of change in education sector. It offer FREE training opportunities to teachers and educational administrators of public and private institutions around the country. The program offers skill and knowledge based training seminars, workshops and conferences of different duration. Under this program over 6500 teachers got training in different cities of Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Azad Kashmir.

 

Art for Mental Health (2010 . .)

 

Shan Arts Concern under the umbrella of Indus Foundation for Human Development and Punjab Institute of Mental Health has recently initiated special training and rehabilitation workshop series for patients of Mental Rehabilitation Centers.  Headed by Dr. Samana Zeeshan this initiative involves training of patients at rehabilitation center and the internees from University of the Punjab, Lahore College for Women University, Government College Lahore and other institutions.

 

Training of first batch was been completed in July-2010. Fifteen internees and fifteen patients learned skills on how to develop waster into useful house items. An exhibition of the products developed by the trainees was held at Rehabilitation center of Punjab Institute of Mental Health which was inaugurated by director of the hospital and director General Health Punjab. Second batch was trained in 2011. 

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