What is the Student Festival?

To promote and sustain peace and social cohesion across educational campuses and institutes in Karachi, MAP and SIE is organizing a two-day Student Festival, to promote resilience through student engagement in art, culture, and literary activities. The festival is envisioned to take place in close collaboration with 08 selected partner universities of Karachi and South Punjab

What we do?

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Capacity Building Training :

The team will conduct outreach sessions in 06 targeted universities in Karachi. Through these outreach sessions, the team will identify student projects/performances from each university to be showcased at the festival and also identify student society leaders who will become part of the core management team for the festival.

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Outreach Sessions

The team will conduct outreach sessions in 06 targeted universities in Karachi. Through these outreach sessions, the team will identify student projects/performances from each university to be showcased at the festival and also identify student society leaders who will become part of the core management team for the festival.

Two Day Student Festival :

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The two-day festival will provide the students to collaborate and showcase their projects and innovative ideas. It will consist of cultural exhibits, cultural & classical dance, art corners, food, bookstalls, reading corners, panel discussions, debate and dialogue sessions, musical performances, film and documentaries screening, open mic sessions, debate and discussions, theatrical performances, expert talks, and workshops.

How to Apply?

Passionate youth with innovative campaign ideas and creative film stories promoting acceptance, tolerance, peace, diversity and interfaith harmony between the ages of 18 - 30. Applicants should be residents of Gulzar E Hijri, Pehlwan Goth, Paposh Nagar, Sakhi Hassan, Saeedabad, Maripur, Shireen Jinnah Colony, Chakra Goth Korangi, Ibrahim Hyderi, and Lyari (Khada Memon Society, Nawabad, Chakiwara) can apply by submitting their ideas to us!

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is there a fee to the course?

No. Connecting communities is a free, merit based fellowship.

Where will the training be held?

Connecting Communities as the name suggests will take participants of all communities to a central venue like a hotel space e.g: Beach Luxury, Regent Plaza etc. to train participants.  

Does Connecting Communities program accommodate transport of participants?

Yes for training purposes, the program team will provide transport to candidates from all communities to reach the venue and get home safely.

What is the duration of training?

The total duration of the training is 12 days – 8 hours per day in total making 96 hour learning program. Participants will undergo two training programs of 6 days to complete the 12 days

Does Connecting Communities provide financial or In-Kind support for execution of Films & Campaigns?

Yes the program provides in-kind and/or financial support up to PKR 250,000/- per group to execute the final film and/or campaign within their communities.

Can girls/women participate in the program?

Yes. Girls/women are highly encouraged to participate.

Is there an age criteria to enroll into Connecting Communities Fellowship?

Yes. Youth between the ages of 18-30 can enroll within the program.

What is the total duration of the program?

The total duration of the program is four months – which includes, community research, registration and homework for the program, training for films & campaigns, final execution of campaigns, and production of films, and finally, showcasing the work done by fellows within local communities and across Karachi.

Is there an age criteria to enroll into Connecting Communities Fellowship?

Yes. Youth between the ages of 18-30 can enroll within the program.

What is the total duration of the program?

The total duration of the program is four months – which includes, community research, registration and homework for the program, training for films & campaigns, final execution of campaigns, and production of films, and finally, showcasing the work done by fellows within local communities and across Karachi.

Will I get a certificate for attending training only?

No. Campaigns and Films are Mandatory parts of the program and must be completed as a task to demonstrate your completion of the fellowship. Connecting Communities certifies fellows when you complete the program successfully.

Is there a refreshment/food break within the training?

Yes. All trainings include tea breaks and a Lunch break.

What is the process of selection at Connecting Communities?

There is a three step process to participate in Connecting Communities:

  1. Fill the registration form to submit & demonstrate your already existing film or campaign idea.
  2. Based on your given Idea, you will be invited for an interview.
  3. After the interview you will receive a call from our program team to confirm your registration.