SDF Enhancing Livelihood Skills through Government vocational centers-based training (ELST) in colloboration of UNHCR in Masehra & Haripur
The conflict in northern Afghanistan has disrupted social structures and destroyed livelihood and Employment opportunities. A generation of youth has grown up in internally displaced person (IDP) camps amidst poverty, insecurity and without access to reliable services. In addition to widespread exposure to violence, children and youth in the North have had limited access to primary education and almost no access to higher education. As youth look towards peace, recovery and return, the majority face the challenge of securing a livelihood with little or no formal education or training. In 1979 war imposed by Soviet Union in Afghanistan in result about 6 million refugees fled to Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan is one the country hosting million of Afghan.
Refugees seriously affecting the economic suitability. Majority of Afghan Refugees are technically unequipped and even after return to their origin they usually find difficulties to support their families in a dignified manner and have minimum role in economic development of Afghanistan.
In Pakistan majority of Afghan Refugees are daily laborer or have small business; living below poverty line and unable to play their role in socio economic development of Pakistan while their stay in Pakistan. The development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training is an essential cornerstone for the recovery process and poverty alleviation in Afghanistan. In recent times, this sub-sector has been under stress from war and significant under-investment in both new knowledge and infrastructure. The Afghan labor market currently faces an acute demand for skilled and semi-skilled people in order to cope with the rapid pace of reconstruction of the country. However, unemployment remains persistent among young Afghan because many do not have the technical skills that are urgently needed for the reconstruction and developing process as well as the overall economic development of the country. In absence of sufficient local skilled labor the country has to hire skilled workforce from other countries and pay high wages out.
Salik Development Foundation (SDF)
Salik Development Foundation (SDF) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1989. Working area of SDF is Khyber Pukhtonkhwa, Azad Jamu & Kashmir and FATA. The main cause of its establishment is to ensure a peace full, developed and prosperous society. SDF strength is its community in KP, FATA and AJK with overall coverage of 95 UCs. SDF believes with participatory development in which women have an equal main stack holder of the society. Organization working sectors are Human Institutional Development, Livelihood, Health, Education, Community physical infrastructure, Shelter, WASH, Disability, Advocacy, Women in development, Environmental protection and Emergency Relief.