Back in 2017, we co-founded Green Box at the Social Venture Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School, UK. We wanted to create an organisation which will help young people in Pakistan become environmental citizens and understand the changing dynamics of the world through building better skills mix and contribute towards the sustainable change in Pakistan which we all talk about every day. Initially, we thought the launch of Education for Sustainable development (SD) program in Pakistan which schools will subscribe and pay us an annual subscription fee.
We pivoted the idea to create an educational game which young people can play to learn the concepts of SD. As we moved along the course of our journey, we did a lot of market research and talked to young people and even adults working for youth engagement across Pakistan and at bi/multilateral organizations like UNESCO, UNDP, SDSN youth, etc. and finally came up with the working model which we are currently implementing.
What have we done so far?
South Asia Research on Perceptions of Young People on Climate Change and Action in partnership with British Council (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan) (2022)
Entrepreneurship supported organisation through Springboard Amplifier Programme 2022 at UNDP Regional Office in Asia Pacific (2022)
Member of Global Science Diplomacy for the Environment Advisory Committee 2022-2024 UN Environment (2022)
Ran capacity building for youth climate leaders for Asia Pacific in Sri Lanka for British Council (2022)
Development of national gender responsive roadmap on green-job In Pakistan with UNDP Pakistan (2022)
Commissioned youth led research on: one health, climate digital technologies and green recovery (2022)
COP 101 You[th] Pocket Kit in partnership with YOUNGO & Asian Development Bank & UNFCCC (2021)
Reviewed the Single National Curriculum of Pakistan to see if environment is missing as a thematic focus (2021)
Ran multiple Sustainable Impact fellowship programs in Pakistan for 1500 young people (2019 – 21)
Created Young Climate Resilience Force – a learning network on climate resilience for young students in Pakistan. (2020-21)
Design and run 100 youth led community projects (12,500 citizens engaged) (2019-21)
More than 5000 young children trained on simulation based curriculum (MIT powered) for climate resilience (60% vulnerable youth groups engaged) (2019-21)