RAWALPINDI - A one-day seminar titled 'Civic Engagement and Service Learning: A Human Rights Agenda' was arranged here at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) on Tuesday.

FJWU Women Research and Resource Center In-charge Dr Humaira Ahmed was the guest speaker on the occasion while faculty members, administrative staff and students also attended the seminar.

In the beginning, the guest speaker briefed the audience about the prominent features, and initiative and implementation plan taken by FJWU to promote a culture of social responsibility and civic engagement. She informed that university initiated a number of programmes with various organisations. While talking about the civic engagement, she said that civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our own communities.

Civic learning also focuses on improving the way communities' measure civic health or on exploring potential solutions around the national debt and deficit. She also shed light on the idea of service learning and said that it can easily be implemented as youth service.

Various components of service learning such as curricular connection and students' involvement were also discussed. She urged students and staff to try to involve in civic engagement because civic engagement not only helps students develop skills that would be vital for their success in the workplace but will also be beneficial for the success of society.

Dr Humaira shared the different ideas of how to plan, carry out and evaluate community services and civic engagement programmes. She said, "The university has already running a lot of courses, what we need is just to identify which courses is service learning course so we can modify it according to our requirements." She also talked about the human rights.

At the end, a documentary film of community services performed by university was shown, which was prepared by communication and media studies department of the varsity.