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Society for Human Development Pakistan

Mobilization of community through youth theatre group

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Society for Human Development is working in Toba Tek Singh. It works for the development of the people. It organizes people on community level. It works for the betterment of women, children, youth and workers in the society. It works to educate and to get aware people so that they could form prosperous and peaceful society. It uses different ways for the mobilization of people like it organizes meetings, seminars, training, workshop and theatres on different issues.

 

Theatre:

 

Theatre is a strong medium to mobilize people on different issues. Theatre helps people to understand, to get clarity on different issues. Society for Human Development  is using theatre for awareness and mobilization community. It is a very useful and helpful tool to educate people. Society for Human Development uses interactive theatre to mobilize people. It is very useful for grass roots communities to understand the issue, performers meant to convey.

 

First step:

 

Society for Human development  started theatre with its staff members. Staff members of SHD used to go to the different communities and performed theatre on different burning issues. It proved very helpful because by theatre, it was easy for people to understand the message, performers meant to convey. They even gave feed back, their likes and dislikes about the issue.

 

Move ahead:

 

Then SHD involved youth in theatre. It organized youth on community level so that the interest of people increases. The response was great as people were more interested and organized drama teams in their remote areas.

 

Issue based theatre:

 

Interactive theatre, SHD used to perform issue based theatre. It tries to educate, to aware people by high lighting different issues. It has organized theatre on the issues of education, women rights, child rights, labor rights, farmer’s rights, minority’s rights,  peace and interfaith harmony, water, Indo- Pak relations and so on.

 

The details of interactive theatre from 2001 to2004 are given below.

 

year

Issue

venue

No. of audience

2001

Joint elections

 

Islamabad

Rawalpindi

Lahore

Faisalabad

Shantinagar (Khanawal

2000

500

5000

2500

200

 

Peace

 

St. Peter’s high school, Toba Tek Singh

Francisabad

Lasani hotel, Toba Tek Singh

50

 

70

300

 

Water

 

Berrianwala

St.Peter’s primary school

40

70

 

 

Water

 

Berrianwala

St.Peter’s primary school

40

70

 

 

Asian youth day (peace)

 

Toba Tek Singh

Mumbai, India

1000

2004

World social forum( women rights, farmers rights, hudood ordinance)

Mumbai, India

Over 1 lac

 

Indo-Pak relations

 

Rawalpindi

Lahore

Qasoor

Hafizabad

Jehlem

Chakwal

Duska

Multan

Peermahel

291G/B, Toba Tek Singh

300

300

200

200

300

400

300

150

200

100

 

Tenants rights

 

Islamabad

Peerowal, Khanawal

KC, Toba Tek Singh

6000

5000

150

 

Child rights

 

Jhang

Gojra

291G/B, Toba Tek Singh

St.Peter’s, Toba Tek Singh

170

150

150

200

 

Women’s rights

 

 

295G/B, Toba Tek Singh

424J/B, Toba Tek Singh

70 women with Japanese delegation

200

 

HR

2ND Peace rally, Lahore

6000

 

Syllabus

Lahore and Toba Tek Singh.

450

200

 

Disabled Women

KC, Toba Tek Singh

100

 

American attack on Iraq

KC, Toba Tek Singh

70

 

Education

District Council, Chakwal

600

 

Peace

Jesus & Mary School, Toba Tek singh

100

 

Pakistan Youth Rally

Lahore

250

 

Future plans:

 

  • Enhance the theatre skills of grass roots communities for social mobilization
  • Reach out to the communities for breaking social taboos through community theatre groups
  • Perform on the issues like honor killing, sexual harassment etc

 

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