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
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 training
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.
50 young people, between 18 to 30 years of age, receive skills enhancement training in electrician and sanitary fitting courses. The group was selected from District Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera. The training was organized at SRSP’s Technical & Vocational Center in Peshawar, which offered a certified course from City & Guilds UK. Their team conducted post-training evaluation and certificates were distributed among the best performances. The initiative is funded by the Government of Australia under Women Economic Empowerment and Market Development (WEEMD) project.
Shoaib Sultan Khan, the founder of RSP movement in Pakistan, visited
Local Support Organizations (LSOs) in Nowshera and Charsadda Districts
and met Community Investment Funds members, Entrepreneurs and Value
Chain members. He described what he saw as an excellent example of women
empowerment and poverty alleviation. He was accompanied by Chairperson SRSP Mrs Munawar Humayun Khan and CEO SRSP Masood Ul Mulk along with others.