Globally, persons with disabilities are excluded from educational opportunities, as only 10% can attend school, and only 5% complete primary school. In Pakistan, the situation can be much dire.
As a result, a vast majority of persons with disabilities also remain excluded from the benefits associated with education, such as better jobs, social and economic security, and opportunities for full participation in society. Considering this, skills development or vocational training is a viable option that can supplement and boost persons with disabilities in the economic arena.
NOWPDP Imparts Vocational Training across Pakistan
NOWPDP conducted a study commissioned by British Council called “Moving from the Margins” which comprehensively explains how relevant skills/trades can help bolster persons with disabilities’ chances of getting employment.
Using this as a premise, NOWPDP launched its first Training Center in 2019 and now provides training to persons with disabilities through its NOWPDP Training Centers situated in Karachi, Islamabad and Sujawal.
Trainees enrolled in the NOWPDP Training Centers across Pakistan
Following trades are offered:
- Call Center Training
- Computer Operator Training
- Sustainable Bags Stitching Training
- Advanced Excel Training
- Rickshaw Road Training
- Embroidery Training
- Ironing Clothes Training
- Graphic Design Training
- Data Entry Training
- Screen & Block Printing Training
- Receptionist Training
- Web Development Training
Click on the link to register yourself for a training: Link
Muhammad Ahmer | NOWPDP Trainee
I was twenty four and going about my day when some boy came and threw acid on my face. It burnt my skin off, distorted my face and the acid made me go blind. I was traumatized and never thought that the pain would end. I had to undergo about 30-40 surgeries. I had to go through this immense, unbearable pain, and also accept that I would not be able to see anything anymore. I gathered the courage and self - motivation to allow myself to come out of this dark place. I started to think positively and that’s what got me to where I am today.
I found out about NOWPDP providing training program for persons with disabilities, and also heard that they try to place the trainees in jobs too. I thought I would give it a try as well. I enrolled in the JAWS training program and became a skilled computer operator.
After this, I started to offer words of encouragement and hope to other persons with disabilities. I wanted them to realize that nothing is impossible, that they must find the hope and courage within themselves to make something out of their skills. Now I am a motivational speaker and speak at different universities and events. I am also proud to say that I am the Brand Ambassador for the “Diplex Smile Again Foundation.
When I look back to four years ago, that was undoubtedly the darkest moment of my life. I knew that no one would help me achieve everything I want to, unless I don’t tell myself that I can. I work relentlessly to stay positive and instill this positivity in others, be it persons with or without disabilities.