The Student Engagement Programme (StEP) is an on-going programme at CBS which harnesses the collective strength of one of our internal stakeholders in LUMS, the student body, to create inclusive and sustainable impact in line with the centre’s commitment to creating a strong social footprint in Pakistan. Under StEP, CBS works closely with students and provides a space for them to interact, engage, learn and respond to pertinent issues through a myriad of innovative activities. CBS organizes student-centric activities surrounding key policy issues and aims to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and social innovation. All of the activities under StEP add to the academic experience of LUMS students by allowing them to realize their own capabilities and privilege, engage with different realities that surround them and inculcate in them empathy and motivation to become active change agents in their communities.
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Meet the Ambassadors
In September 2019, CBS recruited its first cohort of determined and enthusiastic volunteers who proved to be the main driving force behind this programme. In addition to their hectic study routines at LUMS, our driven Ambassadors conducted English and Mathematics classes over the weekends to ensure that The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) alumni had a meaningful experience through this programme. Here, our change makers talk about their personal experiences.
- Usama Bin QasimResearcher, Department of Electrical Engineering, SBASSE
I believe in the philosophy in giving back to the society. It is a smart way of reshaping and reorganizing ourselves in the area of knowledge. We learn interesting facts about life patterns when we start giving what we have. That is my core purpose of joining the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme. I would like to thank CBS for giving me the chance to be a part of such a core and valuable initiative.Rohma Fatima QayyumBA - LL.B (Honors), SAHSOL
I work as a coordinator for this programme. I am really passionate about this initiative that CBS has started. This programmme aims to prepare the TCF students to take the LUMS admission test. I am happy for these kids as they have this wonderful opportunity to avail. If I talk about myself. being from a less developed city, I did not get such an opportunity to prepare for my test and to experience the LUMS environment. I hope that most of the students from this programme get into LUMS. It was real fun to interact with the students. Moreover, I am glad that their dreams will turn into reality because I believe that all these wonderful opportunities are for those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. I cannot wait to rejoin the programme after the winter break.Sania AyazBSc (Honors) Economics, MGSHSS
I volunteered to teach the TCF alumni a few months ago. To be honest, I thought it would be easy but as time passed by, I realized it was quite challenging, but this was a challenge worth taking. I have always liked teaching and have taken up teaching opportunities since A levels. After teaching the students for a few months, I realized it helped me improve my leadership skills and made me more responsible. Each Sunday with the TCF alumni has been nothing but delightful. It has been quite an adventure with these students because there is always a lot to learn and teach every week. The students’ determination to come and study on the weekends is definitely worth applause. I hope all of them are successful one day. I am excited for the next semester as that might bring up new challenges with teaching but in the end, it is always worth it. I am looking forward to teaching them once again next semester!Sameen AhmedBA-LL.B (Honors), SAHSOL
In my opinion, the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme is an excellent opportunity for students to polish their skills. The curriculum and grooming provided in this programme will not only help these students excel in the taught subjects but also at the time of admission to professional institutions. The difficulties that I faced while getting into and adjusting to LUMS work as a driving force for me to help these students and guide them appropriately.Usman ZulfiqarBA-LL.B (Honors), SAHSOL
I am always eager to help students who are deprived of basic educational needs and guidelines. My motivation for the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme is to get more exposure and experience in teaching children and to enhance my management skills. I also run an organization for the career counseling of students in my area.Muhammad Safiullah ButtBSc (Honors) Accounting and Finance, SDSB
When I heard about this opportunity with CBS, I couldn't be more excited as I have always been passionate about teaching others. Therefore, I volunteered for the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme as a Level 3 English teacher. This opportunity is a way for me to help these students to not only have a better understanding of the subject but also to help them succeed in their academic and social lives.Usama HumayunResearcher at Department of Electrical Engineering, SBASSE
I am a sports fanatic and a fashion junkie. My induction into the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme was based on a moment of whim. I saw the application invitation email and sent my name in immediately. As LUMS students, we are extremely privileged to be getting an education of such quality in a country with widespread inequality. This is just a minuscule attempt at giving back and trying to help these kids break out of this vicious cycle of inequality and deprivation.Nisha SarwarBS Economics and Mathematics, SBASSE
Having a variety of hobbies from time to time, book reading is my favorite of all time. Belonging to an underprivileged area of Pakistan, LUMS gave me an opportunity to work for the same community. My eagerness to work for education led me to the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme. This is a great experience for me so far at LUMS. In the future, I aspire to start an education movement in my town and in areas of Pakistan which are usually neglected.Momin Iqbal LodhiAccounting and Finance, SDSB
Being a part of the CBS Ambassadors for Change programme has been a great learning experience for me. I had the opportunity to polish my soft skills which has enabled me to understand people in my team and drive them to give discretionary effort towards making the programme successful. As a student of LUMS, I feel that I have a greater responsibility to contribute to society by educating the young minds of the nation. I am excited to continue as a coordinator of the programme in the next semester.Sabahat KashifBS Computer Science, SBASSE
As a TCF alumni, I am very thankful to the people who took time out from their busy lives and helped me reach where I am today. I have always wanted to give back to society and help other students like me. The CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme (TCF-LUMS chapter) was a great opportunity for me to do this. I see myself in these students and want to help them succeed in their lives and do something big.Hassan ZaidiBSc (Honors) Economics, MGSHSS
I am an introverted person and have very few friends. Moreover, I have a good sense of humor and good communication skills. I love football. I am a big fan of Messi and I support many clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Juventus. I love teaching students and have been teaching students for last three years. When I was in college, I used to teach students in my neighborhood who were deprived of good schools and academies for free. I tried my best to help them as much as I could. I learnt a lot from them, and they gave me a good experience of teaching. This led me to join the CBS Ambassadors for Change Programme and so far, it has been a good learning experience.Hasaan ZaheerSecond year MBA student, SDSB
I am someone who likes playing different sports, reading an odd book here or there and even more infrequently, penning my thoughts in the form of poems and prose. Of late, there has been a realization that I have not really contributed towards making this world a better place. Joining this programme has been one of a series of steps I have taken to play my part in giving back to society. This collaboration between TCF and LUMS through CBS has been a wonderful experience for me. At the same time, it has been a little scary to bear some part of responsibility in the future of brilliant young minds that have found themselves limited by their circumstances. I hope this programme paves the way for these students to achieve their true potential and that as LUMS students, we may give back to society in a meaningful way.