October 30, 2013
The signing ceremony for the ‘Project for Capacity Development of Technical and Vocational Centers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ in Progress.
Islamabad, October 30, 2013: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will support Directorate of Technical Education and Manpower Training (DoTEMT), Peshawar to enhance in-service teachers' capacity in machinist and electrician trades and will provide workshop equipment to Government Technical Teachers Training Centre (GTTTC) at Peshawar as well as three Government Technical & Vocational Centers in Peshawar, Haripur and Swat. An agreement to this effect was signed here today in Islamabad among JICA, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the Government Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Under the framework of JICA's cooperation for stabilization and development of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa requested JICA a technical cooperation project to develop capacity of the government's technical and vocational centers to provide quality Technical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET) services whereby machinist and electrician courses were selected as the target training subjects.
In pursuance to the request mentioned above, JICA has undertaken a "Project for Capacity Development of Technical and Vocational Centers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa" through which 16 master trainers will be trained in the captioned trades. These master trainers will conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) across the Province once they have acquired the necessary training as per latest trends in the industry.
A team of JICA experts will give necessary technical advice and recommendations to DoTEMT, particularly GTTTC on any matters pertaining to the implementation of the Project. As GTTTC is the training center for in-service technical teachers, it is highly hoped that JICA's cooperation with it will have a long lasting impact even after the completion of the Project.
JICA has done a somehow similar venture with Government College of Technology at Railway Road Lahore whereby years old curriculum is revised, laboratories equipped with latest equipment catering to industrial demands, teachers trained in Japan, female teachers and students inducted for the first time into the institute and latest building is provided. It is envisaged that this project would contribute to provision of competitive youth with necessary skills and knowledge to the promising market in Pakistan with brighter future.