July 22, 2024

Pakistan to coach 1 million youth yearly to export expert human useful resource to Gulf international locations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s authorities is engaged on a brand new training coverage to impart technical expertise to 1 million youth yearly to export skilled human useful resource to Saudi Arabia and different Gulf international locations, an official mentioned on Friday.

The cash-strapped South Asian nation of 241 million has been engaged on a holistic nationwide training coverage to cowl technical coaching for the youth by enrolling over 2.5 million out-of-school kids.

The Particular Funding Facilitation Council (SIFC), a federal physique led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to draw funding from overseas and home sources, has given particular targets to the training ministry to finalize a complete coverage to enhance the training sector.

“This new coverage goals to impart vocational coaching to at the very least a million youth each year to export expert workforce to Saudi Arabia and different Gulf international locations,” Rana Mujtaba, a spokesperson for the Pakistani ministry of training {and professional} coaching, instructed Arab Information.

“It is going to be rolled out in Might.”

There are round 9 million abroad Pakistanis residing and dealing in numerous international locations, together with 2.8 million in Saudi Arabia, who remit round $30 billion again house yearly to help the nation’s fragile economic system.

“Majority of our abroad workforce is unskilled labor. Due to this fact, the federal government is now specializing in enhancing vocational capability of the youth,” Mujtaba mentioned.

Within the Nationwide Training Coverage 2017-2025, Pakistan aimed to lift its literacy charge from the prevailing 60 p.c to 90 p.c by 2025, slim down the gender gaps, cut back rural and concrete imbalance, enhance high quality of training, promote technical and vocational training with talent improvement applications, and guarantee good governance. However all this has but to be achieved.

Mujtaba mentioned Pakistan’s vocational coaching institutes already had a “sturdy affiliation” with Saudi Arabia, the place all coaching certificates have been accepted.

“The SIFC that’s chaired by the PM has given a common course to the ministry to work on a brand new training coverage to enhance the sector’s efficiency,” he mentioned.

The spokesperson dispelled the notion that the training ministry was engaged on the brand new training coverage with out taking provincial governments on-board, since training has primarily been a provincial topic within the South Asian nation.

“The federal authorities is actually supporting the provinces in bettering the training sector. All provincial ministers and training secretaries are on-board because the federal ministry has sought inputs from all of them,” he mentioned.

“This will likely be a holistic coverage that can even tackle the problem of out-of-school kids, bettering the upper training’s requirements, home and overseas scholarships for the scholars.”

Educationists and public coverage specialists mentioned the federal government had already devised quite a few insurance policies and produced paperwork to enhance the training sector, however it will lack in implementation of those plans.

“The silver lining within the new coverage is that the federal government is for the primary time specializing in out-of-school kids, however there must be an efficient mechanism in place with clear timelines to handle this challenge,” Taimur Bandey, an educationist, instructed Arab Information.

“The federal government must allocate its assets for academics coaching and improve libraries and laboratories within the establishments to enhance the training requirements.”