Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection and Benazir Income Support Programme Chairperson visited SRSP’s Human Resource Development Centre, Peshawar. She held a dialogue with youth from the newly-merged districts of North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Khyber to discuss development issues and poverty alleviation, and youth’s participation in these efforts. Over 350 youth from the three tribal districts, who are undergoing six months vocational trainings at the SRSP’s Human Resource Development Centre, Peshawar attended the dialogue.
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.