KP Youth Employment Program Empowers 3,000 Women

KP Youth Employment Program Empowers 3,000 Women

Peshawar: While celebrating the success of empowering 3000 women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with employable digital skills under the Empowering Women through Digital Skills Program, a graduation ceremony was held at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Council of Information Technology, Peshawar, which was attended by hundreds of women from seven provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The event included employers and other dignitaries while the main guest of the event was the Minister of Science, Technology and Information Technology, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 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, along with DEMO, as an advocate for women’s empowerment in the region and known for its capacity building programmes, is advancing in implementing this program in the seven provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The goal was to empower 3,000 women from 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 offering them employment 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. One of the program participants said that the skills I learned from the program helped me promote my business online.

The program was delivered through an online management system consisting of video lessons, assignments, quizzes, and online training sessions that provided a platform for females to interact with trainers and ask questions.

It included mentorship sessions from HR experts and career advisors and freelance sessions consisting of tips and techniques for getting services on different freelancing platforms.

In recognition of the team’s efforts and the success of the programme, Minister of Science, Technology and Information Technology Atif Khan discussed the government’s plans.

“We plan to train 100,000 people in multiple levels of digital skills. He added that 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.

The Managing Director of the Information Technology Board Dr. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Sahibzadeh Ali Mahmood, congratulated the participants in the program and said, “Our women have unlimited potential, and by learning these skills, they can take on jobs at home.”

He added, “The digital economy has a lot to offer the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and we are working to bridge this gap by helping young people master different digital skills.”

Tech Valley CEO, Omar Farooq, thanked the KP IT Board of Directors and program donors. He stressed the importance of digital skills and fueling the digital economy.

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