Reported By: IGSSS Kashmir Team
Edited By: Communications Team




Kashmir: Kashmir has been home to one of the most violent conflicts in the world. Ironically 60% of the population in Kashmir is youth, who are caught in a vicious cycle of violence, uncertainty and aggression. Youth in Kashmir are disgruntled, dissatisfied and alienated. They usually are found to be low on self confidence and have low or no involvement in community initiatives. This is a direct result of a lack of a platform where they can be exposed to capacity building whereby they can start taking lead. The youth here have been in the midst of an identity crisis and find themselves inadequate to question or challenge existing systems and initiate change.


However for any society to progress it is very important that the youth are at the forefront, leading change and with the objectives of engaging youth in positive processes of knowing themselves, understanding the idea of leadership, bringing about a change in themselves and hence leading change from within and creating awareness about the process of leadership, IGSSS conducted a two day training session on leadership development for the youth.


The sessions for the two days were built around individual and group activities, seeking participation from each and every participant. The first day of the training talked on the issues of ‘Me’ as many of the youth suffer from low self confidence before going on to the details of the leadership. There were also sessions on developing good listening skills and building trust amongst other group members towards becoming an effective leader. The second day of the workshop comprised discussions on the challenges often faced by good leaders at various levels, team building activities and developing of a leadership plan by each group formed during the last two days. These leadership plans aimed at combating various social evils prevalent in the society like drug addiction amongst the youth, environmental issues and such.


The training sessions received positive response from the participants and most of the participants said that it was helpful in building their knowledge on leadership qualities and would also ameliorate them in being effective leaders.