United States Government assistance in Pakistan for Education and employment opportunities

Diplomacy Pakistan News

 

Diplomacy Pakistan News

Karachi (DP NEWS)  U.S. Consul General JoAnne Wagner interacted with youth at a forum organized by the
Karachi Rotoract Club and highlighted the role that youth can play for the welfare of society by
promoting peace and harmony.United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and
Balochistan, John Smith-Sreen also accompanied the Consul General on this visit. Dr. Anum Akram,
Rotaract Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan provided an overview of Rotoract while Hassan Naviwala,
Member Rotoract, outlined Rotoract’s programs and the Club’s role in the community.
With one of the highest youth populations in the world, Pakistan has a unique opportunity for social,
political and economic progress. However, the challenge of keeping youth productively engaged is also
enormous. Therefore the U.S. government is supporting the Government of Pakistan as well as private
youth fora across the country and holds interactive sessions between youth and policy-makers, and
provides grants to organizations that seek to promote social tolerance and community cohesion among
young people.Diplomacy Pakistan News“I’m pleased to see youth, like those gathered in this room tonight, taking steps and creating organizations
and public spaces whch are an essential platform for development,” said Consul General Wagner. “Many
U.S. government assistance activities in Pakistan focus on education, training, employment opportunities
and more inclusive communities for youth.”Diplomacy Pakistan News

Consul General Wagner also highlighted some USAID programs supporting youth such as the Centers for
Advanced Studies in various disciplines which send students and faculty on exchange programs to
partnering U.S. universities. She also spoke of the support for building 118 schools and improving
education in Sindh to allow millions of children to have a brighter future, as well as focused job-readiness
training to youth and helping them find jobs or become entrepreneurs. Within Karachi USAID has
partnered with UNDP and Aman Foundation to provide job skills training to 21,500 young people. About
65% of those trained so far have found employment.