Girls’ schools in rural Pakistan to receive ICT training through new computer labs
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) and the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) from Pakistan signed an agreement to provide girls’ schools in rural areas around Islamabad with digital devices to improve their ICT skills. However, bearing in mind that digital infrastructure is not enough by itself to enhance the literacy of citizens, another initiative will take place to train the trainers.
The MoITT, Universal Service Fund, Federal Directorate of Education and Microsoft started collaborating to train over 90 teachers to share their knowledge in the computer labs. Combining both initiatives, the computing labs will run with the support of trained personnel that will also offer operational support for a period of three years.
Students from these schools will learn coding and get involved in different projects to enhance their IT skills thus seeking to attract them to further pursue STEM related careers. The project is expected to support 33,000 girls and decrease the gap between urban and rural areas of Pakistan.