Seminar on Capacity Building of Youth in Tribal Districts of KPK

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: A Seminar on “Capacity Building of Youth in Tribal Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through Employment Training and Psychosocial Support” was held in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Seminar was held under a Joint Venture Project of United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) and Prime Minister Youth Programme (PMYP) for the rehabilitation of victims of terrorism in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Under the first phase of the project, 100 young men and women from 10 merged tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be imparted six months skills training. The training will follow three months On Job Training (OJT) for imparting hands-on professional skills for better employment.

The project focusses not only on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) but also on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE).

It includes psychosocial support, provision of academic and vocational training opportunities, and social engagement through sports and recreational facilities for integrating the terror affected tribal youth into mainstream society as productive citizens.

While speaking at the Seminar as the Chief Guest, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar thanked the UNOCT and all other stakeholders of the project including Pakistan Army, FATA Development Authority, UNDP and ILO for their commitment in the rehabilitation of terror affected tribal youth of KPK.

Usman Dar urged upon the FATA Development Authority to facilitate maximum number of youth by rationalizing the cost.

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“We are committed to bring tribal youth into the national development mainstream both socially and economically”, he said.