Celebrating the success of empowering 3,000 women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with employable digital skills under Women Empowerment Through Digital Skills Program, a graduation ceremony was held at the Information Technology Board of Directors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar, attended by hundreds of females from seven districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The event included employers and other dignitaries, while the main guest of the event was His Excellency the Minister of Science, Technology and Information Technology, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Atif Khan
Amid COVID-19, KP Youth Employment, the flagship program of the KP IT Board, has launched an initiative called “Empowering Women through Digital Skills,” which aims to ensure women are included in the digital economy. The project was supported by the Information Technology Board of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with funding from the Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the World Bank.
Tech Valley, with experimentalAs an advocate for women’s empowerment in the region and known for her capacity building programmes, she has advanced the implementation of this program in the seven provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The goal was to empower 3,000 women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with skills – such as graphic design, social media marketing, WordPress design and development, blogging and content writing, and digital tools for productivity – and enhance financial independence for these women by providing them with employment opportunities. Opportunities through digital jobs.
Aside from designing the content of these courses with the help of industry experts known in their respective fields, Tech Valley also reached out to its partner Google to design the Digital Tools for Productivity curriculum. After localizing the content provided by Google, the course is integrated into the program which consists of training in project management and collaboration skills using the latest tools available.
“The program was well coordinated, the trainers and coordinators were very helpful. The content was organized to keep us engaged throughout the program. The skills I learned from the program helped me promote my business online”Says one of the participants in the program.
The program was delivered by Online management system It consists of video lessons, tasks, quizzes and Online training courses That provided a platform for females to interact with coaches and ask questions. The program is also included Counseling sessions From HR experts, career advisors and Free Work Sessions Which consists of tips and techniques to get a gig on different freelancing platforms.
Appreciating the efforts of the team and the success of the programme, Minister of Science, Technology and Information Technology Mr. Atif Khandiscuss government plans,
“We plan to train one person from Lac in multiple levels of digital skills. The government is ready to invest as much as possible in bridging the gap in the IT industry by training its youth in IT skills.”
Managing Director Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board Dr. Sahibzadeh Ali MahmoudHe congratulated the program participants and said, “Our women have unlimited potential, and by learning these skills, they can take on jobs at their own convenience at home.” He also added that “the digital economy has a lot to offer the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and we are working to bridge this gap by helping the youth to master different digital skills.”
Tech Valley CEO, Omar Farouk, expressed his gratitude to the KP IT Board of Directors and the donors of the programme, i.e. the Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the World Bank. He also stressed the importance of digital skills and fueling the digital economy. He said,
“Digital skills are important for young people, but the dream of a digital Pakistan cannot be realized until the government provides the basic requirements, such as tax subsidy for digital devices, provision of subsidized internet packages for young people and establishment of free internet zones.”
Added Madiha Hamed, CEO of DEMOAnd
“Women are the pillars of Pakistan’s economic growth. Digital skills training has empowered women to earn financial independence and contribute to the family income. We hope that more women will come forward and accept the challenge and equip themselves with the skills of the future”
As the world becomes digital, young people must master the digital skills required to play a critical role in advancing the digital economy. Through programs like these, the government and partners aim to enhance the skill set of young people to better equip them with the needs of the current and future digital job market.