22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

GenU plans full operations in Pakistan to educate, train youth

Shehbaz Sharif witnesses signing of letter of intent between PM Youth Program, and UNICEF; Rana Mashhood says govt wants to make youth self-employed

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif witnessed singing of a letter of intent in Islamabad regarding the UN Generation Unlimited (GenU) program between Prime Minister’s Youth Program and the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Launched by the UN secretary general in 2018, GenU was aimed at empowering the youth through education, technical training and entrepreneurship and working towards early education and training. In Pakistan, GenU is planning to start its full operations with an initial investment of 20 million euros in youth related projects.

Signing the document would help provide equal opportunities to education and training to the youth. GenU and the PM Youth Program will work together on operational strategic framework in this regard. Headed by of UNICEF representative Abdullah A Fazil, the UNICEF delegation called on the prime minister in Islamabad.

PM Youth Program Chairman Rana Mashhood also joined the meeting. The delegation apprised the prime minister about the collaboration between the Youth Program and the UN agency regarding increasing capacity of the young people in Pakistan. Shehbaz Sharif appreciated the steps being taken by UNICEF for the welfare of children in Pakistan and all over the world.

During his visit to the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Headquarters in Islamabad, Rana Mashhood said that the government wants to make youth self-employed by providing them with various technical skills. He praised the NAVTTC team and their performance under the leadership of Mohammad Amir Jan, executive director of the commission.

In particular, he expressed the vision of Shehbaz Sharif that how the prime minister wants to make the youth an asset by empowering them. He gave some suggestions and recommendations as to how performance of this institute can be further improved. On this occasion, he said NAVTTC can help Pakistan a lot to get out of the economic crisis and stand on its feet.