Fellow Since 2009
College of Youth Activism & Development (CYAD)
This profile was prepared when Raziq Fahim was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
The New Idea
Raziq is working to empower youth to prevent youth from becoming militant by bringing peace and tolerance to some of the most dangerous regions of Pakistan. After identifying at-risk youths between the ages of 15 and 26, Raziq comprehensively addresses the problems they face. He gives them the option to help build ventures for the benefit of their communities, and provides them with learning opportunities they need to become leaders and mentors for other at-risk youth. Raziq is providing alternative spaces to help youth from isolated communities through innovative strategies. Specifically, he facilitates interaction between the youth population and local schools, colleges and communities. Raziq organizes youth groups in the Pasheen and Khuzdar districts of Balochistan, bringing together 850 young people to take part in capacity building trainings to enhance their knowledge and skills. He has also established youth forums and gives young people the opportunity to meet political leaders, religious scholars, development experts and literary figures in Pakistani culture. Ultimately, Raziq gives youth the opportunity to receive civic education, supports their activism and enables them to deal with contemporary challenges and become agents of peaceful social transformation. He is currently developing a large group of mentors for other youth, from which new mentors are bred. Presently, the fourth generation of mentors trained by Raziq is spreading their new way of life.