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Green Mag - Special Issue

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A Special Issue 6 of Green Mag is off the press. It carries selection of articles on environmental protections, energy saving, water management and green thinking, particularly interested for students in Pakistan. 

In case of interest, please send an eMail at: pdp33@hotmail.com

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Visit to IML

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On 29 October 2015, meeting was held between IML, partner of Goethe Institute Karachi and Mr. Aamir Rafique, FPAC, Mr. Tanvir Shahzad, Journalist, Mr. Amjad Ali, Journalist Voice of Germany (VOG) and Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from SES (not in picture) to discuss communication and Information (including Internet Radio, the need to support rural development and NGOs and learning of school kids and student visiting TGD.


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Not a Think Tank

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Think tanks are not a new discovery. The first think tank (TT) in the new times was established under president Theodore Roosevelt. People say, he must have been very successful, because nobody knew how little knowledge was at the back of his success. In spite of that, the thought and the pressure to TTs, has flourished.

In earlier times analogue sort of TTs were present, so one could absolutely call the arrangements at the court and palaces of Carl the Great under the scholar Alkuin as such TTs. We know in hindsight, how effectively they worked and had positive effects in the Carolingian kingdom.

As we strive as far as possible for a Both-and situation instead of an Either-Or situation, we would like to describe a structure, mostly virtual in nature and independent of personal influences of all types, because here we do not work with well defined work places and budgets.

At the lowest level, we have actively engaged NGOs in different countries, for example AFA, from which valuable experiences can be collected. (z.B. AFA).

Many NGOs have developed deep rooted structures, which deal with a product or a group of people (for example WAC)

At another level new societies were formed, which understood themselves as supporting institutions working in the cultural arena (for example SPARC).

A deeper version, specially connecting to academic institutions with their theoretical potential, led to so called -independent institutes-, in which practical work and theoretical research takes place (for example IEC).

These institutes make use of their contacts and cooperate with universities to and make it possible for students to involve themselves practically with the projects of the NGO (for example FPAC).

The drawing shows the virtual, intangible character of the model, which -if we are able to show the various inter-dependencies in it- reminds rather of a ball of wool, which is not easy to see through and if cut in the middle, it is useless. Seen as a closed system as a whole, creativity and innovation are already an integral part of it because the model is adjusted to the nature and its diversity as compared to a central authority which is unaware of the world outside.


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Idea of a Think Tank

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The project, lets call it NWFTT-Project, stands for North West Fjord Think Tank Project, is absolutely unique in its concept. It is symbolically covered under the domain of Uni-Centre-WF.

In the first phase, experts will be invited to come at their own cost and support will be provided to them for local boarding and lodging as well as the working environment with digital networking facilities.

In recognition of their services, the experts will be considered Guest-Professors.

Contrary to the traditional Think Tanks, the objective here is not the material existence of its own building, with staff and income generation measures, but rather the virtual work, digitally up to date and connected worldwide.

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Best Mud House Winner

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One of the most cherished Spring activity in the village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka is annual housing competition. This is an open competition and everyone in the village participates. Judges select the best mud house, best details and best exterior and cash prizes are given.

This annual competition keeps the Dolls Village spanking round the year in addition to keeping the cultural morals alive. This year Winner Bibi Bashiran was the winner once again. Professor Aamir Rafique gave the cash prize.

Compitition with aims of preservation of rural cultural, heritage and environment protection was supported by FPAC and SPARC in Lahore through students from Punjab University.

The students were so impressed, that they have collected additional money for the winners.

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Distribution of Books - 2015

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Punjab village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka has history. And its history really started when SES volunteer Dr Senta Siller and Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch first visited this village some 25 years ago.

Thanks to SES volunteers, two government schools (one for girls and the other for boys have progressed visibly. Where else young scholars like Stephanie Walter or Sophie Kuppler come and teach English, where else teachers from government schools are trained by the NGOs (AFA), where else annual sports days are celebrated?

Education is very close to the heart of Farooq Ahmad (Director Men Centre of AFA) and Farana (Director Women Art Centre of AFA). One unique tradition of the NGO is to distribute books, school copies and other educational material among students right in the start of academic year.

On Friday, March 25, 2015, stage was set book distribution to students of two government schools. This year the support came from FPAC and SPARC-project in Lahore and through students from Punjab University. 

Students of both schools look forward to this event and come in their best dresses for the occasion. 

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Collective Book Reading

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Over a period of last 25 years, AFA with cooperation of FPAC, have brought out some very valuable publication. Not only that people and young students in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka are families with this books because they are read collectively.

During reading this year, apart from selected books, articles about environment protection from Green Mag were read.

Green Mag is printed with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Islamabad and is available for students in Punjab University, National College of Arts, University of Engineering and Technology, Comsats. Beaconhouse National University and Lahore School of Economics.

Interested, please contact Institute of Modern Language, Lahore or SPARC-project.

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