30th October – 3rd November 2014, New Delhi
WISCOMP and FAEA collaborated to bring together students from diverse backgrounds and regions over five days for a workshop on “Engaged Leadership: Skills and Perspectives”. A large majority of the 42 participants who attended this workshop were recipients of FAEA scholarship and came from families with limited economic means; many were the first, in their families, to earn formal degrees and travel outside their communities. About half of the participants came from Srinagar and the other half were from other parts of the country.
The workshop program focused on ways to cultivate positivity, present oneself in public, think critically, and develop one’s full potential. Professional Leadership-Self-Presentation and Interpersonal Skills, Exploring Shared Spaces, Thinking beyond Borders, Non-violent Communication, Conflict and Media and Entrepreneurial Skills, formed the themes of the various sessions of the workshop. In the light of the flash floods that struck Srinagar few weeks before the workshop the program was redesigned to include sessions on leadership in times of crisis. To motivate the youth to take action a session titled Involving Youth in Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Conflict Contexts was added.
In the feedback that was collected by WISCOMP and FAEA at the end of the workshop many of the participants shared that they had been positively impacted by the skills they learnt at the workshop as well as the interaction they had with peers from different parts of the country. The Kashmiri students were specially appreciative of the empathy expressed during the workshop by fellow participants.