Kalash valley first ever Ishpata youth competition concluded in Kalasha valley on 3rd may 2016 the competition was funded by AKRSP/EELY project with financial assistance of Global affairs of Canada.
It was implemented by AVDP and organized by Kalash People’s Development Network, KPDN. First time there have been such competition hold in kal’as’a mondr the Kalasha Language.
The Event was divided into six different categories such as Essay/speech, traditional songs, Dhushak, Drazahilak, Nomnomek and Danhun bhanjek. Total 28 youth participated the competition. In Essay Competition Zarkima wins first position. Anila came 2nd while Faiz begum stood 3rd and Humaira also get position, in Drazhahilak category, Zafar Muluk win first position. Iqbal Nazir 2nd and Amir Gul secured 3rd position.
The Category; Nomnomek, teacher Rahmat Din wins first position, while Shahid Khan secured second 2nd position. In Category; Traditional song, Kamar U Din wins first position, Gul farad 2nd position and Shashmita stood 3rd position. Ca’a’ group, Sail Nazir first position Sham Seema got second position, the last competition was beating traditional Drams. In this groups Iqbal Shah wins first position, Sayed Hakim 2nd and Bihari Lal stood 3rd. The competition was aim to promote leadership skills in youth, through such competition. The event was also participated by large number of school students. Nazim village council Adv.Muhammd Rafi appreciated efforts of AKRSP/GAC especially AVDP and organizers of KPDN for promoting healthy competition in youth.
Judging panel including Wazir Zada, Khosh Ahmad Khan, Kui Begam, Lali Gul, Akram Hussain, Bakhtawar Shah, Sher Taj, Rahmat Din and Shahi Bibi Kalash Qazi and elder Mashar term the basic event to polish young talent to lead youth for leadership. The participants were in view that such competition need to be held very frequently in Kalasha valleys to promote youth development activities.
Winners received cash prize and trophy in all categories.
Mr. Bugi Ansari hold painting workshop for school kids during the competition. Bugi is Dutch Pakistan and friends of Kalash for last many years. He also runs Facebook based campaign name Help Preserve Kalasha as UN protect site.