• 20 Apr, 2018
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

A large number of students graduate each year from KP universities. However, they are unable to secure jobs due to the lack of the required skills set that are sought by the employers. General market trend shows that companies usually prefer to hire professionally experienced candidates who allure the employer with their skill sets, capabilities and experiences and they are expected to bring returns on investments and add value to organizations, so fresh graduates remain jobless. Under digital skills and digital economy strategy of KPITB, an internship program is proposed to provide an opportunity to IT, CS and ICT graduates of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa so that they may develop their professional and technical skills and become capable to earn jobs based on those skills.

This program is also aimed at provision of human resource support to the companies located in KP IT Parks for their business operations and sustainability. Duration of each batch of Internship is 6 months.


  • 28 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

KPITBs Early Age Programming initiative is running successfully across 225 Elementary and Secondary Schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the advent of the digital era, the orthodox and outdated computer science curriculum being taught at schools has become irrelevant to the rapidly evolving and in-demand digital skills. Digital technology has emerged as the single biggest market disruptor and it has not only changed the way we interact with the world around us but has also redefined literacy and competency required to participate in the society as useful citizens.

As we inch towards digitization, it becomes paramount that we bridge the digital divide across the various socio-economic classes of the society by imparting digital literacy and relevant digital skills. This shift in priority needs to be reflected in the curriculum adopted at public schools in order to stay at par with current trends. Coding and Programming are essential tools of computer science. The emergence of drag and drop computer programming has enabled easier learning for coding languages and kids can learn to code using visual code blocks that represent real programming concepts. This particular concept of block coding forms the very essence of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board’s (KPITB’s) Early Age Programming initiative.

KPITB in collaboration with the Elementary & Secondary Education department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launched the Early Age Programming project in 2017.In the Phase-I of the project from January 2017 to December 2017, 3000 students and concerned IT Teachers of 57 Government Schools in 13 districts were trained on EAP curriculum. In the Phase-II of the project from January 2018 to June 2019, the initiative was extended to 300 Government Schools of 14 districts, wherein 17,000 students and IT Teachers of the respective schools were trained on EAP curriculum and currently in Phase-III 11,000 students of 225 schools across 10 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are benefitting from the said Project. The project has produced remarkable results and the computer literacy and digital skill level of the marginalized students of government schools have improved significantly. The curriculum developed for the Early Age Programming initiative is by far the most advanced in the country, leaving behind the curriculum offered by most of the renowned private schools. It is pertinent to mention that the Early Age Programming initiative falls under the Digital Skills pillar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Digital Strategy. The initiative is well in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and promises to contribute towards the economic uplifting of the country as well as reducing inequalities and improving the quality of education.


  • 28 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

One of the problems we face is that in Pakistan and in KP, we do not have correct and representative statistics of the number of freelancers, their revenue, the type of services they provide - to get a representative estimate of the freelancing industry and to award the 2100 Freelancers trained in our program (the Youth Employment Program), the KPITB announced the KP Freelancers Award. As a result of the application process very meaningful statistics have been collected for the very first time. The KP Freelancers Award was organized in May 2017.


  • 27 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Access, Digital Governance, Digital Skills, Digital Economy

Project Description

Durshal is a flagship project of KPITB that aims to provide Technology-Based entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Durshal Expedite many startups to revolutionize into flourished business. Durshal Project envisions the digital transformation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by establishing a network of startup incubators and community spaces to facilitate the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with tech opportunities to empower them with training, enable them to get creative with innovative ideas and launch new businesses.

Durshal (meaning “gateway” in Pashto) is a technology incubator that aims to produce successful businesses by promoting a digital economy across the province. Durshal caters the freelances and startups with co-working spaces and also arranges training programs. Inculcating the training and creating opportunities for the startups ultimately leads to the creation of jobs and strengthens local economies.

Durshal aims to provide business support resources and services in the form of the Durshal incubation centers. Durshal services include business assistance that comes in the form of management guidance, technical assistance, and consulting tailored for young entrepreneurs to the provision of facilities and facility-based services such as space, shared business services, equipment, technology support services, and assistance in obtaining the financing necessary for growth.

 

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  • 27 Jul, 2017
  • Digital Skills

Project Description

As the first building block of KPITB’s Digital Policy for addressing youth employment through the digital economy, “Addressing supply side constraint by building a skilled workforce”, KPITB initiated its flagship program “KP Youth Employment Program (KPYEP)”. Being Pakistan’s first digital skills platform, KPYEP connects youth with training, skills and employment opportunities, using a flexible and adaptive approach to accommodate the rapidly changing demands of the digital economy.

KP Youth Employment Program aims to empower 40,000 un and under employed youth in the province by providing a range of basic, intermediate and advance level skills in IT and linking them with employment opportunities. This will create a larger base of IT workers in the province, who can be tapped as the market develops. The program aims to reduce the industry academia skills gap by providing short courses that enhance employability in a changing economy.

In 2016 Phase 1 of KPYEP commenced and equipped 2100 youth from the province with digital skills of the future, out of which 30% had successfully started earning online through different freelancing platforms. As per the updates of September 14, 2018, a total of 7658 youth had been equipped with different digital skills under phase 2, out of which 5200 had successfully completed their assessments.

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