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Empowering disabled through vocational training

LAHORE May 28, 2014: Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemarkon Wednesday visited a vocational training center run by the Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (LABARD).

Empowering disabled H.E. Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemarkwas briefed about the overall interventions undertaken by LABARD, which works under the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), with a specific focus on a special project called “Vocational Training for the Disabled in Punjab, Lahore.”

This project is co-funded by the the European Union , the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through a Fund for Innovative Training, created under a five-year Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this programme.

Empowering disabled-1The president of LABARD, Muhammad Parvaiz Malik, who is also a member of the National Assembly, welcomed Ambassador Wigemark and briefed him about the different aspects of the project. He appreciated the role of EU in promoting vocational training and assisting in reforming the overall TVET sector of Pakistan, especially supporting the short-term training programmes for the marginalized segments of the society.

The project was launched in Nov 2012 and by itsend in May 2015 would have nearly fifteen hundredmen and women with disabilities trained in different markets-oriented vocational training courses. The coursesrangefrom three to six months in duration. Empowering disabled-2After successful training, most of the people already trained from this project have started working in different enterprises or become self-employed.

After visiting various sections of the training institute and briefly speaking to the trainees, Mr. Larsappreciated that handicapped boys and girls were obtaining training with dedication that would ensure employment and a dignified life.Earlier, Mr. Hans –LudwingBruns from GIZ also briefed Ambassador Wigemark about the TVET Reform Support Programme and its main achievements in reforming the TVET system of Pakistan.

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