Punjab e-Rozgar IT Training
Chairperson PITB Dr. Umar Saif addresses launch ceremony of Facebook's SheMeansBusiness program at Arfa Tower.

Punjab Government will impart free IT training to tens of thousands of male and female youth of the province under its e-Rozgar Program. As many as ten thousand young people will be trained up to June next year in the first phase. It was stated by the Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Umar Saif while addressing the launch ceremony of Herself’s partnership with Facebook’s “SheMeansBusiness” held at Arfa Software Technology Park.

The state of the art computer labs equipped with the latest technology is being established in all 36 districts of the province for which all funding would be made by the Punjab Government. The candidates will be provided with training in three-course tracks, where they can apply for their desired course online.

Umar Saif said, “We are thankful to the Facebook administration that has selected us for such a useful tech program to empower women economically in Pakistan. The PITB’s initiative -Herself had become the first project in Pakistan to collaborate with Facebook’s economic empowerment initiatives for women. The basic motive of this project is to enable women to do more than what they think they’re capable of doing, therefore, giving them the lead.”

“Herself is a platform for exposing women to a set of training that would, in return, help them to monetize their skills. By collaborating with Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness, I can foresee an increase in women participation in workforce and leadership. With the right aspiration and motivation, the female community can go above and beyond their male counterparts,” Umar Saif stated.

The delegation consisted of globally recognised names like Ms. Jennifer Fong, Head of Strategic Product Partnerships at Facebook as well as Mrs. Clair Deevy who is the Head of Economic Growth Initiatives APAC at Facebook. Moreover, Ms. Aurélie Salvaire, head of TEDxBarcelona, The Coaching Fellowship & Impact HUB Barcelona also contributed to the event by conducting a networking activity.

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Kanwal Khoosat was also present at the event as a panellist amongst others including Jennifer and Aurelie discussing “How to convert your passion into a way of life.” Ali Gul, Co-founder Mangobaaz also interacted with the audience and shared tips on ‘How to have a digital voice’.

Senior representatives from Facebook’s headquarters in USA and dignitaries from the tech community of Pakistan were also present at the event.


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