UCA Students Intern at Rural Support Programmes in Pakistan
As part of the UCA’s Cooperative Education Programme, three UCA undergraduate students, Arslan Younas (left in photo), Faheem Ashraf (right in photo) and Safdar Jan (2nd from right) worked as Research Interns at the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) in Pakistan in June 2019. They conducted field visits to the Union Council (UC) Kotehra in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, where one of the 10 Rural Support Programmes (RSPs), Ghazi Barotha Taraqiati Idara (GBTI), is working towards the betterment of people's livelihoods and social lives.
The field visit was aimed at better understanding the impacts of GBTI's interventions in Kotehra on people's mindsets, the way they live their lives, and insight into how these interventions have changed the socio-economic system. By interviewing local communities and interacting with GBTI officials, the interns compiled a detailed report that showcases GBTI's interventions and positive impacts in Kotehra. Read the full report.
“Working with RSPN and GBTI was a true eye-opener for me, as I learnt about an entire network of Rural Support Programmes that target the socio-economic upliftment of rural communities. It was a great experience to work closely with organisations that are working for rural development in my home country on such a impressive scale," said Arslan Younas.