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Pakistan: CARE trains 4,620 rural people

The Nation, Islamabad, 10 December 2015 - CARE, a collaborative project funded by the European Union, has trained 4,620 rural women, young girls and boys and 270 TVET instructors to increase access of these rural women and youth to income generation activities through innovative TVET approaches.

The project was implemented in seven districts of Punjab and Sindh working closely with 21 institutes, informed head of programmes Amber Junaid at a project closing ceremony.

The Country Director of CARE Elizabeth McLaughlin while welcoming the audience shared that this was a 40 months project funded by European Union.

The basic aim of the project was to redress the stereotypes that exist at the level of family and school by encouraging both boys and girls to go for “non-traditional” activities through skill development streams introduced at secondary school level.

To achieve this, innovative approaches and new teaching methodologies were developed and accesses to TVET services were increased.

The linkages between the TVET graduates and employers were promoted and small enterprises and self employment were developed for the rural women and youth.

CARE partnered with AWAZ-CDS and Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan in this project.

Ziaur Rehman from AWAZ CDS while talking about the project successes shared that the major emphasis was laid upon competency based training and the trainees were acquainted with both conventional and most forward techniques which will help them fine-tune their skill profile for better income generation.

Jawad Qureshi, COO from Punjab TEVTA, acknowledged the support of EU and CARE and its partners and added that the project has facilitated the trainees by imparting pragmatic yet edifying content so that they can conveniently practice their attained skill sets at any of their employment fronts.

EU representative Anne Kofoed appreciated the efforts of CARE and its partners for successful implementation of this project.

While addressing the audience, she said that she was hopeful that the EU funded TVET programme would assist in bridging skills gaps and help the country to improve the quality of its human capital, which was critical for inclusive growth and poverty reduction.


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