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Empowering Youth of Balochistan Through Skill Development Initiative

Economic betterment of any country is intertwined with the skillset of the nation. Education without skills in a fast moving globally interconnected age of today is like a car without wheels. The engine is the education, metaphorically speaking, but the wheels are the up-to-date skillset.


The best example of bringing the most qualified instructors to the remotest of areas using the help technology was applied at The Turbat Law College where a Harvard University Law College Alumnus Professor is teaching Contract Law & Legal Drafting Law to the students of Turbat through online live classes. An accomplishment never seen before in any remote area of Pakistan, let alone Balochistan.


We have historically, based on political reasoning of impressing the voters, concentrated on tangible show of power in the field of education. Schools we have built but never have we paid attention to the quality of teachers. Perhaps a school building attracts voters more than qualified teachers. Remote areas and its inhabitants are given roads and other infrastructure as “gifts” by the leadership instead of giving them high quality education along with globally in-demand skills. This has kept the entire nation in a revolving door policy of dependency of the nation on incoming leadership and their promises for the future.
Instead of empowering the youth to participate and contribute to the economic activity of their respective towns, they are promised governmental jobs in return for their electoral use. Promises are shattered repeatedly and the confidence of the youth evaporates into thin air. Evaporating along with it is the will to learn because of lack of employment opportunities.



Take it a step forward, the world started taking advantage of the technological innovations of this century in the field of education and we insisted on remaining aloof to it. We kept complaining that the best teachers from the urban centers are not willing to move to rural settings to teach. Little attention did we pay to the fact that technology can fill this gap and the teachers can remain in the urban centers and using technology we can teach the students of even the remotest rural areas. Learning Management System (LMS) platforms, satellite or fiber optics based internet, recorded and live courses, assignments and quizzes on the LMS platform, error-free progress reports generated by the most advanced technology based analytics software, downloadable books and supporting literature, the sky is not the limit when it comes to education if mixed with today’s technology.
Now let us arrive at the problems of Balochistan and education: the biggest province by area, far-flung towns, with little to no infrastructure; schools in dilapidated conditions, little to no qualified teachers except at the university level; plus, whatever other problems you can think of. But whose responsibility is it to provide these facilities to the Baloch people? I will leave that answer to your imagination.
IGFC South along with Pakistan’s ‘largest online skill development platform eCademy Educational Systems Pvt Ltd concentrated on the solutions instead of the problems.


Starting next year, there are plans to induct 50,000 students throughout Southern Balochistan. This is one of the most cost-effective, error free and corruption free methodology of teaching skills to the youth. Every penny spent can be accounted for through technological monitoring.


High speed internet services were installed. State-of-the-art equipment was placed in the educational institutions. Software were developed and a second to none LMS platform was deployed which marked the beginning of the FC South SDI. A mix of online/offline/hybrid model was created and 4000 students were inducted into a pilot program to equip them with 14 most in-demand skills leading to freelancing opportunities worldwide and lessening their dependency on governmental employment. Giving them the power to participate in a $2.4 trillion freelance market for skills such as graphic designing, website development, content writing, and taxation management etc.
The best example of bringing the most qualified instructors to the remotest of areas using the help technology was applied at The Turbat Law College where a Harvard University Law College Alumnus Professor is teaching Contract Law & Legal Drafting Law to the students of Turbat through online live classes. An accomplishment never seen before in any remote area of Pakistan, let alone Balochistan.



The pilot project has taken off better than the expectations. Students of Balochistan seem more charged up in their spirits than many of their counterparts in Pakistan. Student participation can be witnessed through 7000 applications for a pilot project of 4000 students. Equal participation of girl students was witnessed.
Starting next year, there are plans to induct 50,000 students throughout Southern Balochistan. This is one of the most cost-effective, error free and corruption free methodologies of teaching skills to the youth. Every penny spent can be accounted for through technological monitoring.
This is the way forward when it comes to creating jobs and empowering our youth. This is the future of education in Pakistan. This is the time we fulfill our promises to our youth and the entire nation. And this promise of empowering the youth has begun with the efforts of FC South Balochistan.
Let us all be proud of this and let us change the future of our youth. In Balochistan, in Gilgit-Baltistan, in Waziristan and any other remote areas of Pakistan.
The future of education is here. Let us all embrace it and help Pakistan progress.


 

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