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Government is striving hard to capitalize the human capital, Riaz Pirzada

Islamabad: Minister for Professional and Technical Training Riaz Hussain Pirzada has stated that the government is striving hard to capitalize the human capital in the country. He was addressing the One-day Pre-National TVET Roundtable consultative meeting of federal and provincial policy makers and senior executives at a local hotel in Islamabad. The meeting was organized by National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He further stated that the developed countries are achieving success and glory by introducing advanced training and knowledge. He added that the government is committed to enhance the potential of the human resource in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman NAVTTC Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon said that the consultative meeting has been arranged to develop consensus on the objective and agenda, as well as to define roadmap and identify themes for the national TVET roundtable meeting. Director UNESCO Ms. Kouzay Kay Nagata highlighted that Pakistan is a country with 60% of young people under the age of 25 while less than 20% of them complete secondary education. She emphasized upon the policy makers, TVET planners and senior executives to identify the challenges, opportunities and themes for further attention during the forthcoming National TVET roundtable.

The Pre-Roundtable meeting is a fore-runner to the main event “National TVET Roundtable” planned jointly by NAVTTC and UNESCO for early 2012 to provide a forum to discuss selected key issues that pose challenge to the development of TVET including introduction of technical and vocational education in general school curricula. The participants were divided into two groups, i.e. general education and TVE group. Each group discussed the devised themes for the national roundtable meeting separately.

The groups accepted the already proposed themes which included TVE in general education, sustainability of funding and the coordination of TVET after 18th amendment. The groups proposed additional theme titled, “Awareness and Advocacy campaign to promote TVE”.

An active participation was observed amongst participants, whereas the themes were discussed in detail. It was finalized in the plenary session of the meeting that the proposed new theme should be added in the upcoming national roundtable meeting. The participants were of the view that introducing TVE at a too early level might expose children to the Child Labour. They said that the children may only be sensitized and oriented in early classes preferably in primary to elementary classes. The participants stressed upon the need to promote TVE as a viable career option for females so that more and more females get the vocational and occupational skills to earn respectable living.

Director General NAVTTC Shahid Ashraf Tarar concluded the meeting while thanking the participants for actively engaging in this issue of extreme importance for the development of the country.

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