Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Employment, Education & Training (EET)

Since the 2005 World Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, international and national leaders have agreed that if their countries are to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development they need to ensure full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Pakistan Since the 2005 World Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, international and national leaders have agreed that if their countries are to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development they need to ensure full and productive employment and decent work for all. The ILO is thus helping member States adopt the decent work goals as national objectives. In accordance with national characteristics and possibilities, the ILO combines advocacy, demonstration and cooperation in helping countries define and implement Decent Work strategies. Decent Work Country Papers define the ILO’s contribution within the One UN framework. Each country programme enables the ILO and tripartite constituents to work closely with the United Nations and donors to integrate the objectives of full and productive employment, poverty alleviation and decent work into policy dialogue and programming cycles.

The Government has provided needed support for piloting UN reform in Pakistan in terms of leadership and ownership of the process, line ministries are actively and systematically engaged in the process, donor community has reiterated its support to the process, concepts and modalities of joint programming have been established, and in various cases, interventions have started on-ground. It is imminent for the sustainability of joint programs that these are founded on the principles of Social Justice and decent work agenda so that the dividends of development are fairly distributed among all relevant beneficiaries.

The present Project aims to support the One-UN Program by enhancing its relevance and effectiveness. The Project has three main components, i.e.

1. Mainstream entrepreneurship & Business Start-up Education Programme for Pakistani Youth in Secondary schools and training institutes;

For Component-1 (KAB) in order to provide young people in Pakistan with greater entrepreneurial awareness, the ILO in partnership with Ministry of Education will introduce “Know about business” into the curricula of secondary school and vocational training centers. The ILO generic KAB training materials will be translated and culturally adapted to Pakistan and its educational system in consultation with national experts in curricula development and enterprise development. Consultations with Ministry of Education will be held to assess the possibility of introducing the KAB programme as learning material under the existing education syllabus in secondary schools and vocational training institutes. Awareness raising workshop and meetings with key stakeholders will be held on relevance of introducing entrepreneurship education and business start-up skills into the national curriculum.

2. National capacity enhancement to promote Decent Work, implement employable Skills Programs and Labour Market Information & Analysis;

For Component-2 (Decent Work, Skills and LMIA) project activities will be designed and implemented in line with the overall national skills strategy. The project will focus on strengthening the, management and operational capacity of one provincial TEVTAs as a pilot. The development of TEVTAs and other training providers will begin by conducting a needs assessment in the province of Sindh. Needs assessment and capacity building activities will be initiated. The needs assessment will focus on management, planning, implementation and impact of training conducted by institutions under the TEVTAs, as well as the TEVTAs themselves. Following the assessments, a capacity building programme will be developed in consultation with key staff of individual TEVTAs, which will be specific to the needs of that TEVTA. In addition to the professional development needs, two selected institutions in Sindh will be identified as potential Public/private Partnership Centres (PPCs), and will need to have their facilities and equipment upgraded in accordance with modern industrial practices. These centres will be jointly managed and supported by the TEVTA and private business sector.

For LMIA, project strategy involves supporting regular Pakistan Employment Trends (PET) reports generation and specifically on wages and informal economy. There is also a need to support the existing LMIA unit for preparing a comprehensive future program. Technical capacity building of existing and new staff will be then undertaken

3. Education and Legal Empowerment of Poor and Vulnerable Groups focusing Forced & Bonded Labour and Child Labour

For Component-3 (Education and LEP) The overall goal of this component is to provide continue support to the Government of Pakistan, social partners and key stakeholders for the elimination of forced and bonded labour from Pakistan. This support will include measures to strengthen the mechanism in place that addresses the pressing needs of the vulnerable groups. The project will focus on enforcement of laws, strengthening the capacity of government functionaries and institutions, creation of awareness, promotion of education and literacy skills for the vulnerable children and adolescents, empowerment of vulnerable populations and rehabilitation of bonded labourers. The strategy adopted in the project is in line with the DWCP country priorities and Government's National Policy and Plan of Action for Abolition of Bonded Labour 2001.

At the national level, the aim is to strengthen the enabling environment for the implementation of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1992 and National Policy and Plan of Action 2001. At the area of impact level, the Project aims to empower vulnerable groups particularly children, rehabilitate bonded labourers, and systematically reduced bonded labourers in agriculture and brick kilns from Sindh and Punjab respectively. The scope of this Project is national; however, direct actions are limited to selected districts.

The Project is funded through “Expanded Funding Window (EFW)” a part of which is coming from Dutch funds for One-UN Program interventions. Project interventions would promote decent employment in the country.

The project activities are in line with approved Joint Program Documents (which has substituted UNDAF for year 2010-2012) and supports various Outcomes and Outputs of different Joint Programs. The Project also supports the Government Development plans and policies including PRSP, National Employment Strategy and National Education Strategy.

For further information please contact:

Syed Saad Hussain Gilani
Project Manager – EET Project
Tel: +92 51 2276456-8