Karachi, October 2015: UNDP hosted the Educate a Girl Climate Summit at the Arts Council. The training educated an audience almost 400 including Educate a Girl scholarship winners, as well as star student delegates from Educational Partner Iqra University and other leading universities, and select young journalists. Leading Australian journalist Sara Phillips of ABC Australia flew in from Melbourne to conduct the training. Other keynote speakers included Australian High Commissioner HE Margaret Adamson, who flew in from Islamabad for the occasion, former Governor Sindh Kamal Azfar, Senator Khushbakht Shujaat, Deepak Perwani and Hamza Ali Abbasi. UNDP Programme Analyst Usman Manzoor spoke about the UNDP’s support of the education of girls and the importance of climate journalism training.
The training focused in the morning on Basics of Journalism, News Writing and Science Writing, and in the afternoon on Water Journalism, Climate Science and Challenges of Climate Journalism.
“We are delighted that Sara has made this long journey in support of this important initiative,” stated Tara Uzra Dawood, Consultant to UNDP and Founder of Educate a Girl.
Alycia Diaz sang the National Anthem and Talat Hashimi did the recitation. Arts Council was the Venue Partner and Secretary Ahmed Shah commended the education of girls.
Nazneen Tariq Khan, Fundraising Coordinator for Dawood Global Foundation and it’s programme Educate a Girl, spoke on the programme closing in on its goal of 1000 girls in Pakistan and is already on ground in Nigeria.
Spotted in the audience were Dr. Fouzia Khan, Dr. Zaintunissa Shah, Moneeza Butt, Zeenat Saeed Ahmed, Hon. Consul General for Monaco Charmaine Hidayutullah, Hon. Consul General of Australia in Karachi Farrukh Ikram, Masood Lohar, news anchor Sahibzadi Mahin Khan, Anjum Waris Khan, Scentsation owner Mohsin Feroze,
To date, Dawood Global Foundation has funded 843 deserving girls in Pakistan to become journalists. 584 girls have gone through training, 299 have been certified, 3 girls have become news anchors, 6 girls have contributed scholarships out of their first ever paychecks and several girls have columns in leading newspapers and internships.
Radio Partner was FM91, Educational Partner was Iqra University, Dress Sponsor was Deepak Perwani, Depilex was Beauty Partner, Nestle was Juice and Water Partner, Arts Counil was Venue Partner, Live it Up was Prop partner, Badges partner was Firefly, swag partner was EMI Pakistan and Gift Partners included Taneez and Tapu Javeri.
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