A few BB-ites in Pakistan have set up a Beyond Borders Pakistan Blog, to reactivate Beyond Borders in Pakistan.
Here’s a few key paragraphs from the Sunniya’s post outlining why she started the blog:
Beyond Borders Pakistan started under British Council in 2003. Several projects were conducted for the welfare of the society and to create awareness about issues like education, health, drug abuse, child welfare, child education, child molestation etc. A group of about 60 individuals from all 4 provinces of Pakistan got together to make a difference. Sadly, beyond borders group disintegrated once funding and support from British Council came to a halt. This happened in May 2006 and slowly all members of BB Pakistan moved on to do individual tasks. However, the spirit of Beyond Borders stayed with each one of us. Some of us managed to stay in touch over the course of the past 2 years and some even tried meeting up and catching up with what was going on with life in general.
[..] we have decided to revive Beyond Borders Pakistan independently without British Council’s support. We have no funding, all of us are in different parts of the world, there is loads to do and somehow we don’t know where to start. So through several talks and suggestions over the last 2 years, we have decided to raise our voices once again. This time we will start by projecting ourselves through the internet and other medias. This blog will be a platform for raising our concerns, debating issues and getting our voices heard.
And inshaAllah we believe that one day Beyond Borders Pakistan would be in full action again and together we will be able to make a difference. [link]
As of now Beyond Borders functions in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh as youth-led voluntary organizations working on issues related to the themes of Identity and Diversity and Active Global Citizenship. Beyond Borders was set up as a learning and networking project by the British Council. Find more about us here. If you like what we do, join us!. Changing the world can be fun.
All eight members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) participated in the group’s first youth camp being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed inaugurated the four-day camp on the 10th of December exhorting the participants to exchange ideas and experiences that would help push the region towards greater and faster progress.
He reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to “building partnerships in activities relevant for our (Saarc countries’) progress”.
Dhaka is holding the first regional youth fest, with the theme ’Connecting South Asian Youths’, in keeping with its promise made at the 14th Saarc Summit in April this year in New Delhi, The Daily Star reported Tuesday.
Ahmed was quoted as saying the Saarc Youth Camp would bring “young minds from Mazar-e-Sharif to Male, Quetta to Kathmandu, Colombo to Kolkata, and Thimphu to Dhaka for meeting annually in institutionalised but informal settings”.
Story adapted from AussieIndoLanka
Beyond Borders Bangladesh (Now known as NationPulse) helped organize the event and ran a few sessions at the camp on themes related to leadership. BBites from India went in as participants for the camp. Pictures are at NationPulse site and our Flickr.