Integration Process of Social Entrepreneurship & Service Learning
PVTC has incorporated social entrepreneurship and service learning in the
curriculum of all its Vocational Training Institutes. PVTC has become the first
organization in the country which has launched social entrepreneurship and
service learning course for transforming disadvantaged youth from victims to
social entrepreneurs. PVTC has accomplished this milestone with the support of
Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan. YES Network Pakistan is a
national leader in the field of service learning and youth social
entrepreneurship in Pakistan. YES Network Pakistan carried out a series of
activities to integrate the concept of social entrepreneurship and service
learning in the curriculum of all Vocational Training Institutes of PVTC.
The youth social entrepreneurship course is designed not only to engage students
in solving social problems of their communities in an organized manner, but also
for helping them to build a better future for themselves. Young people will be
learning to take control of their lives at an early age. And instead of
repeating history, they will make their own history by paving new paths in their
circle of life, leaving behind doubt and the fact that ending up in a well paid
job is the only way forward in life: they will actually CREATE jobs and become
the boss of their life.
The duration of social entrepreneurship and service learning course is fifty
hours. This includes 10 hours of actual class work to assist participants to get
familiarized with the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and the process
of development of a social enterprise plan and 40 hours of field work to serve
the society. The mark allocation of the course is based on the attendance (10%),
unscheduled quizzes (10%), field work (50%) and presentation of field work by
the participants (30%). All the students of the PVTC are now being engaged in
designing and implementing innovative community-based service learning project
to make a difference in the lives of other.
Following steps were taken to incorporate social entrepreneurship
and service learning education in the curriculum of all Vocational Training
Institutes of PVTC
Exchange of ideas between Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO YES Network Pakistan and Mr.
Faisal Ijaz Khan, Chairman PVTC.
Signing of MOU between YES and PVTC for the integration of social
entrepreneurship and service learning into the curriculum of all Vocational
Baseline Survey to measure the current level of knowledge of principals about
youth social entrepreneurship and service learning.
Orientation Sessions with the Principals of Vocational Training Institutes.
Identification and selection of Focal Person/Lead Trainer from each Vocational
Training Institute of PVTC.
Development of curriculum and instructor’s Guide on Youth Social
Entrepreneurship and Service Learning by YES Network Pakistan.
Pilot-testing of the curriculum and instructor’s guide material.
Revision of the curriculum and instructors guide in the light of pilot-testing.
A series of training workshops for focal persons of the Vocational Training
Institutes on curriculum and instructors guide.
Printing and distribution of the material.
Training workshops by focal persons in their respective institutions to equip
and engage their faculties for imparting education on social entrepreneurship
and for engaging students in service learning projects.