The Third Regional Challenge held in March 2011 where 5 teams from the Central and South Asia region including Pakistan competed with each other. The challenge was held online and the team from Pakistan were announced as joint winners along with Nepal.
Congratulations to the forward looking enterprising girls and boys from the Vocational Training Institute, Green Town Lahore for winning this regional challenge.
Each member of the team received a laptop from British Council as a congratulatory token for winning the challenge. They have also started their project in Lahore with the prize money they won as national winner.
“Lack of a proper and affordable diagnostic facility for hepatitis in Pakistan was the driving force behind this project”, said Fayyaz Hussain, teacher of the winning team of National Enterprise Award.
The Skills for Employability programme recently held its third National Enterprise Award Competition in Pakistan, which was won by a team from the Vocational Training Institution, Green Town. The team consisted of four forward-looking young girls and boys who completed this winning project. They will now represent Pakistan in the Regional Competition.
Their project was setting up small diagnostic centre in Green Town, which is one of Lahore’s most densely populated and low-income areas with an approximate population of 600,000. The team will get their requested Rs. 100,000 to begin the project and is confident to pay back the funding to British Council within a year.
“The competition was tough as hundreds of schools from across Pakistan were participating, but we were confident to make it to the top 20 at least, because the problem we were catering to was genuine and our solution was practical”, said Asia Kausar who was leading this team, “but winning the national competition was surely a surprise”, she added with a wide smile.
This year British Council reached 400 colleges across Pakistan and directly interacted with over 1000 students and 400 teachers with the concept of social entrepreneurship. As a result more than 200 project proposals from the entire country were received. Our team of experts has shortlisted eight teams who competed finally for the third National Challenge.