The Centre arranged the diploma course on fundamental rights from April 10-14 in Islamabad. The theme for the year was; “Right to be governed democratically.” Through a competitive process, 23 young leaders from all the four provinces of the country, as well as the federal capital were selected to participate. The faculty for the course included; Caretaker minister for Law and Human Rights, Ahmer Bilal Sofi, Dean faculty of Law at Behria University, Prof. Ahmed Ali Khan, Principal author of country report for Universal Periodic Review, Sajjid Mansoor Qaisrani, and Zafarullah Khan.
The course methodology was based on principles of interactive learning. The academic lectures were followed by screening of documentaries/videos, questions and answers and creative group work. The participants also visited the Citizens’ Resource Centre to learn about democratic developments in Pakistan since 1947.
The participants prepared three talk-shows on fundamental rights, political parties’ manifestos and youth participation in the election. These talk-shows with representation from all over the country were shared with the campus radios. The participants also prepared strategy to take their learning to their communities. As part of the selection process the participants wrote a letter to their imaginary friend in the other province to convince him/her to exercise their right to vote with arguments.