In Pakistan, 1,900 Students Graduate From U.S.-Funded "Employability" Training

Posted by Courtney Beale
September 27, 2010
Pakistani Teachers Walk Outside University

About the Author: Courtney Beale serves as Acting Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

On Saturday, September 25, 1,900 students marked their completion of a U.S.-funded "employability" skills training program. The students are part of a larger group of 10,000 who are participating in a Rs 1.3 billion ($16 million) vocational training program that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding in partnership with Sarhad University. The program is aimed at unemployed and underemployed young people. Half of the participants in the program are women, and many are from North Waziristan.

The "Employability" skills training includes instruction in defining career objectives, interview and resume-writing techniques, basic interpersonal skills and information technology orientation.

"It is indeed a privilege to be associated with this program in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has undergone severe hardships in the last few years," University Vice Chancellor Salim-ur-Rehman said. "Our university is only nine years old but has moved ahead nine-fold through this program. We are confident we can take this vision forward to the benefit of the youth in Pakistan and its economy."

Sarhad University is taking a leadership role in replicating this model for other universities across the province to reach an even greater number of university students. Sarhad University also has integrated the new course into its core curriculum.



Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
September 27, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Is it Monday already gees,Time sure does fly when your not watching it .I would like to have a replay button, so i could find out what i really did with this passed weekend.:) LOL......:)

Anyways,My thoughts on the subject of( The Training Program).

I think these courses should be part of every community outreach program. They could be useful in training people that are getting ready to Graduate. It could be a great prep course for anyone thats seeking a Job.

Well,anyways i hope your having a good week so far. SeeYA __Hillary and DipNote Guys&Girls;..:)

New York, USA
September 27, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Hits a raw nerve...

With millions of Americans shut out of the labor market...blocked from quality education....access to job skills do we justify $16 m. for Pakistanis?...If it were a US-PAK interchange or twinning cities would make more sense...We are entering a very weird schism in domestic-global policy. Are we financing terror-prevention with this program? I'd like to see 1900 young Americans with global development job skills....or 950 US and 950 Pak kids learning together....



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