SRSP in partnership with PPAF has started Program for Poverty Reduction in Bajaur agency. Under the Education component, the program will increase enrollment and improve access to basic services at schools by extending financial and equipment support. Sixteen schools have been identified in close coordination with Political Administration and Education Department. Recently an event was organized to distribute cheques among members of village organizations (VO) to start the construction work in these schools. The event was attended by representatives of Local Support Organizations (LSOs), Political Administration, local elders and SRSP.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.