ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) will provide vocational and technical training to eighty beneficiaries or their family members in Lahore and Karachi who would be integrated in the market for employment.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) and Oxfam International.
The trained beneficiaries will also attend entrepreneurship courses in several private universities and other institutions. They would also be facilitated to get interest free loans from Akhuwat Foundation.
The three parties would develop training modules for the empowerment of BISP Beneficiary Committees and create awareness on different subjects of importance.
After the pilot phase, the cooperation would be extended to the rural areas across Pakistan for life skills training of the beneficiaries.
Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon, while speaking on the occasion, stated that BISP is a social safety net that assists in poverty management and endeavors to pull beneficiaries out of poverty.
She reiterated that parties of this MoU must ensure that youth development and life skills training are extended to the far flung areas of all provinces and regions of the country.
Shaza Fatima Khawaj, General Secretary YPF, stated that YPF is a platform to share and develop ideas for youth development and promotion of gender rights.
The young parliamentarians through BISP would reach out to the downtrodden youth and address their issues and design programs for their development.
Muhammad Qazalbash, country director Oxfam, highlighted that investment in youth is a way to prosperity and all the relevant stakeholders must start championing the cause of youth development and poverty alleviation.
This MoU would benefit the BISP youth by providing them skill training and linking them with the employment market and would add to the overall impact of BISP in alleviating poverty.