November 4, 2012
Group photo of participants before departure to Japan
Islamabad, November 4, 2012: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched a 9 member group for “Maternal and Child Health Management 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 trainees said "I hope you will benefit from this experience and will return to Pakistan with a sense of commitment towards your government and people. I further hope that you will make lifelong friends during your visit to Japan". 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 Programme 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 maternal and child health professionals of the provincial and federal governments in Pakistan. It is expected to enhance and polish the capabilities of the participants in the field of maternal and child health management through the Japanese experience; which is already established in health sector.
Besides 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 & by exchanging knowledge and information of their respective countries.
The Training Programme for Young Leaders was started by JICA in 1991 and till date a total number of 473 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.