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President Alvi directs to provide skill-based training for disabled

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has directed the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and other relevant organizations to initiate steps for the provision of skill-based training to differently-abled persons (DAPs).

Chairing an interactive session with the representatives of non-governmental organizations working for the welfare of the differently-abled persons, the president stressed the need for giving marketable skills to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and directed the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) to formulate outstanding training units to meet the challenges of the contemporary world.

He also emphasized the need to revise the existing training curricula as per international best practices so as to streamline and accommodate the DAPs.

The president said highlighted that the government had taken a number of steps for the welfare of DAPs under the Ehsaas Kafalat Programme and the allocation of loans by the State Bank of Pakistan for DAPs entrepreneurs.

DAPs constituted 14 percent of the country’s population and required to be integrated into the main educational and economic system through training in relevant trades and other necessary facilities, he added.

Dr Arif Alvi stressed the need for establishing effective coordination and efficient communication among relevant organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ensure maximum participation of persons with disabilities in skills development programmes.

The president lauded the contributions and efforts made by the NGOs for the cause of DAPs and underlined that it was the collective responsibility of all segments of the society to play their role in the socio-economic well-being of the differently-abled persons.

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