ICT training labs will increase the employability of women in Pakistan

Image from Urdu Point.

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The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications of Pakistan is establishing 150 labs at Women Empowerment Centers across the country with the aim of increasing women’s employability. The labs, which will cost more than USD 4 million, are being created as part of a broader initiative called ICT for Girls. This programme is implemented in collaboration with Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), Universal Service Fund (USF) and Microsoft.

During the first phase of this programme, Microsoft upgraded 50 IT labs of PBM to focus on computing, coding, communication and coaching. Through the first and second phases of the programme, thousands of girls learned computing science and coding skills. The programme is expected to train over 110,000 girls per year at 245 schools from Islamabad.

According to a senior official from Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, the programme has “opened doors of IT and modern knowledge for future builders of Pakistan to become entrepreneurs and contributors in national development. It is vital that women, who constitute 50 per cent of country’s population, should come forward, show their potential and contribute in socio-economic development.”

Source: Urdu Point