150 Digital Labs Being Established At Women Empowerment Centers Countrywide
Faizan Hashmi 3 years ago Tue 18th December 2018 | 05:12 PM
Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications is in process of establishing 150 digital labs at Women Empowerment Centers across the country under a programme launched to enable them contribute in socio-economic development.
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Dec, 2018 ) :Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications is in process of establishing 150 digital labs at Women Empowerment Centers across the country under a programme launched to enable them contribute in socio-economic development.
The initiative called ICT for Girls was taken in collaboration with Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), Universal Service Fund and Microsoft.
In first phase, microsoft upgraded 50 IT labs of PBM with state-of-the-art facilities focusing on four Cs - Computing, Coding, Communication and Coaching.
The 50 upgraded labs of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal had trained 5,000 girls while in second round of programme, thousands of girls are being trained at computer labs under coaching and training program of Microsoft that include computing skills, coding skills and communication skills coupled with coaching from industry experts.
When contacted, a senior official of the Ministry attached with the project on Tuesday said the ultimate objective of this mega project is to increase employ-ability potential of women.
The official said Pakistan believes that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) could play a transformational role in promoting inclusiveness and empowerment of girls/young women to enable them to contribute and benefit from value chain of ICTs.
The official said ICT for Girls has "opened doors of IT and modern knowledge for future builders of Pakistan to become entrepreneurs and contributors to 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," the official added.
Women with ICT skills derive profound benefits including an increase in economic and educational opportunities, a wider community of support and improved career prospects. This, inturn, improves economic potential of wider society.