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PM launches country’s ‘largest’ skills development programme for youth

Says  programme to put Pakistan on the road to success.

Islamabad:     (Parliament Times)     Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated Pakistan’s largest skills development programme titled ‘Hunarmand Jawan’.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Imran said that this programme will put Pakistan on the road to success.

“I need you all to understand that there is no such thing as ‘happily ever after’, that only exists in fairy tales. In real life, there are ups and downs and smart people make sure that they use the time when they are in difficulty to propel themselves towards success later,” the prime minister said while explaining the basis on which the programme was created.

“I believe, barkat has not come to this country because a small number of people kept becoming richer while everyone else suffered. This is not how enlightened societies work. In such societies equal opportunities are given to everyone. What is the American dream model? It ensures that anyone who works hard will be able to lift themselves up and create a better future for themselves.”

Describing the Hunarmand Programme, the prime minister said that his government is actively working to revive dormant industries and to provide youth with modern skills.

“Under this programme, we initially aim to train 500,000 youth. One thing that I am very proud of is that the first 70 skill centres we create will be in madarssahs, so that the children who have always been neglected are able to acquire skills that will help them to step up in the real world. I am proud of my government for being the first to work for these youth, no one has ever done that before.

“In the next phase 300 smart training centres will be created so that our students have access to international teachers so that our country can achieve global standards. Thirdly all of these skill centres will have national accreditation, to ensure that there is healthy competition between them and they all strive to better themselves.

The prime minister also said that more money will be allocated for this programme in the future and it will be ensured that Pakistan’s youth has the skills required to work hard and secure their better future.

The Hunarmand programme

The Hunarmand programme is aimed at the economic emancipation of the youth by providing them quality professional training.

According to Radio Pakistan, the four-year programme will cost approximately Rs30 billion and will provide easy loans, capacity building and internships for the youth.

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