(Lahore 6th August 2016) NUR Student Leadership Program (NSLP) celebrated its 21st Annual Closing Ceremony of the internship program entitled “HAMARA PAKISTAN”. The closing ceremony which infused the spirit of unity, faith and discipline was held at the Qasar-e-Noor, Lahore and celebrated the spirit of being a Pakistani as a nation. The basic purpose of the program was to inculcate a spirit of nationalism for Pakistan and empathy for the fellow countrymen in the interns who will be leader of tomorrow. The closing ceremony began with Tilawat-e-Quran followed by the National Anthem. A tableau was performed by the students of the show by the NUR Community Outreach Program students on “Lub pey ati hai”. This was followed by a brief presentation by Shahima Rehman, Founder, President NUR Foundation and Chairperson- Strategic Governance Team, Fatima Memorial System and video on NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial System which highlighted the institution’s work in education, health and economic empowerment for the past 39 years. An experience sharing session took place of the beneficiaries of Sada-e-NUR program. This was followed by a parade to “Iss parcham kay saye tale hum aik hai” reinforcing the spirit of patriotism and the love for our nation. Next up was a play by the interns entitled “Mein Edhi HOun – Main Pakistan Houn. The ceremony ended with presentation by Dr. Roomi Aziz – Director Programmes – NUR Centre for Research & Policy, a prize and certificate distribution ceremony and closing remarks by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq – Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Since 1995, NUR Student Leadership Program has been working as a catalyst to bring about a change in the mindset of the youth by bringing to them a firsthand experience faced by the under-privileged members of society. Today the program enrolls the highest number of interns and utilizes most advanced and modern strategies of learning. More than any academic subject, moral values, ethics, social responsibilities, empathy, patience and tolerance are cultivated as these values build a strong foundation to ethical and intellectually developed societies. As a part of the internship curriculum students are required to visits sub urban and rural areas around Lahore where the NUR Community Outreach Program provides healthcare, vocational training and education at grass root level.

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