January 16, 2012
Group Photo of the trainees with Mr. Takatoshi Nishikata, Chief Representative, JICA
Islamabad, January 16, 2012: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched a group of 12 members for "Vocational Training Education Course" to Japan. For this 18 days course, a sendoff ceremony was organized today in a local hotel at Islamabad.
Mr. Takatoshi Nishikata, the Chief Representative of JICA while speaking to the participants said "Needless to say, vocational education is a big and worthy challenge for Pakistan. Therefore, we think it would be quite beneficial for the government officers in this area to learn from the Japanese system, since it would provide a platform for you-the learners to establish yourselves in your own fields". About the importance of training the youth, Mr. Nishikata added "Training the youth of Pakistan will provide great mentors for future leadership roles".
This Training Program for Young Leaders of Pakistan is initiated by the Government of Japan under technical cooperation scheme for Pakistan.
The course has been designed essentially for young vocational teachers and administrative staff in vocational education system of the provincial and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. It is expected to enhance and polish the capabilities of the participants in the field of vocational training through the Japanese experience, which is already established in education sector.
In addition to the training, the program will also ensure the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship among people of Pakistan and Japan. The participants will get an opportunity to experience Japanese life style and culture through home stay with Japanese families and by exchanging knowledge and information of their respective countries.
The Training Program for Young Leaders was started by JICA in 1991 and till date a total number of 464 government officials of various ministries and departments of the Government of Pakistan have been sent to Japan for training in various fields of technical and management positions.