Exposure Visit of Male Trainees to Lahore

Collaboration with: UNHCR
Under Supervision: Salik Development Foundation (SDF)

Project Title:
Enhancing Livelihood Skills through Government vocational centers-based training (ELST)

Project Location: Mansehra & Haripur
Activity Date: 15 & 16 of March 2015

Direct Beneficiaries: Young Afghan Male & Female
Indirect Beneficiaries:
Children, women and other family members of targeted trainees
No of Direct Beneficiaries:
160 (80 Male & 80 Female in Both Districts)

Project Background;
Salik Development Foundation (SDF) with the financial and technical support of UNHCR has been implementing successful ELST project targeting 160 young Afghan (M/F) in two Districts Mansehra & Haripur of KPK, Pakistan. The basic theme of the ongoing project is to provide vocational skills to young Afghan Male & Female and establishing their market linkages so they may be able to take active part in economic development of Pakistan while their stay in Pakistan and when they return to their country they become an asset for Afghan Nation and contribute in skill labor market with equipped knowledge and innovative ideas.

Provision of vocational/technical training to young Afghan M/F and establishing linkages with market is one the key initiative taken by UNHCR; through ELST project young afghan M/F trainees will attain 06 months vocational skill training through GVTCs (Government Vocational Training Centers); SDF is responsible to facilitate GVTCs administration in carrying out training course by providing training material and GVTCs Instructors and administration salaries ensuring their active participation and quality work.

SDF is also responsible to ensure regular attendance of trainees (M/F) with the support of committee members and GVTCs administration; SDF is responsible in provision of monthly stipend and travelling allowance in transparent way with the mutual cooperation and support of GVTCs administration and UNHCR.
ELST project is in progress achieving the desired objectives within time frame completing its 1st phase from 1st October 2014 to 31st December 2014. SDF team is in close coordination with line departments, donor agency, GVTC administration and community stake holders to ensure timely achievement of objectives/targets within given time frame.

The main theme of ELST project is to provide 06 months professional vocational/technical skills training to 160 young Afghan (M/F) and Linkages Development in District Mansehra & Haripur; ELST project will surely enhance the socio economic stability and peaceful repatriation of targeted families to Afghan; after landing on their origin targeted trainees will surely contribute in economic development of Afghan Government; they will be able to get new jobs and will be able to establish business. SDF team planned to conduct productive exposure & peer learning visits of targeted trainees to line department, concerned technical colleges to Peshawar & Islamabad.

Project Activity;
“Exposure visit of 25 Male Trainees, Community Members, SDF team ,GPI (Mansehra) Instructors to National Museum, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and Historical Places in Lahore” .

Objective;
 Exposure to new technologies
 Awareness about the demands of new world
 Group discussion among students and instructors to know the active learning & teaching methodologies
 Discussion about importance of skilled workers and vocational education
 Information about linkages development & Job placement
 Role of skilled workers in economic growth
 Awareness about historical places in Lahore

Peer learning and Exposure visit;
Other than assumed in text book economics and common employment policies, vocational training is an important Step, but not sufficient to deal with under employment and poverty within Pakistan. This was one of the lessons we took away from our exposure visit to vocation/technical colleges in Peshawar on “Topics in Labor Economic”. Concerning stake holders highlighted that employers demand for labor needs to match workers higher skill level. They therefore saw a great need for the Government to develop an enabling environment in the country. Including active labor market policies, the formulation of laws that support decent work .

Trainees visiting National Science Museum at Lahore: 
SDF arranged two days productive Exposure visit for 17 Male trainees from different trades to UET & National Museum Lahore. Before conducting this exposure visit SDF field team briefly explained the purpose of visit to trainees; prepared proper planning and finalized the trainees list with mutual consultation of GPI administration. SDF team also took undertaking from trainees guardians to allow trainees for Exposure visit by their own wish.
The main purpose/objective of said visit was to create awareness and motivation among trainees about importance of vocational/technical education in daily life, importance of skilled workers, new technologies, learning methodologies in targeted colleges, linkages with higher officials to know updates about labor market demands, importance, new job opportunities in skilled labor markets, importance of vocational skills in economic growth.

Trainees actively participated in said visit; trainees asked several questions regarding their requirement of skill development from higher authorities and instructors. Administration of said colleges arranged classes and practical lab visits on request of SDF team. Trainees showed interest in scientific models, advanced machinery and its use in daily life; trainees got inspiration from senior teachers and high officials.

Trainees took great interest in advance and modern models and documentaries at National Museum; guide at National Museum briefly explained and answered the trainee’s questions relating to their fields. Trainees got sufficient knowledge about;
 Holography
 Stroboscopic Light Effects
 Ac & Dc devices
 Energy Meter
 Four stroke Engine system
 Motor Engine
 Differential Gear
 Hard ware & Software used in new advance computers
 Natural Environment
 Human Body parts & systems
 Salt & Coal Mines

National Museum Staff guided and facilitated to make this peer learning visit more productive for trainees in their desire trades; trainees also took keen interest in models and advance machinery. They operated the machinery as guided by Museum staff; over all the visit at Museum motivated and created awareness among trainees about new modern technologies, their utilization mechanism and purpose.

After visiting National Scientific Museum trainees visited University of Engineering & Technology (UET); Head of Department (Information & Technology) briefly discussed the history of UET, its departments, trainees also visited library & classes; carried out group discussion and open questioning related to their trades. Visiting classes, labs and workshops really motivated the trainees and motivated them to go ahead in their fields to become an asset for their Afghan nation.
Trainees also visited some of historical places in Lahore like Badshahi Mosque, Shahi Fort, Menare Pakistan and Shalimar Bagh (Garden); this exposure visit on one side motivated and built confidence and exposure to new technology and other side they came to know about the golden history of Mughal times.

Trainees, GPI administration and community stake holders provided positive feedback and appreciated the bold step of SDF to conduct Peer Learning & Exposure visit in such critical time when there is security threats in all over country especially to carry Afghan Refugees. This activity also built confidence and motivation among trainees to do their best in future.

Conclusion;
Trainees really inspired and motivated through peer learning visit and appreciated the SDF & UNHCR step to create awareness and motivation. This motivation will be helpful in active participation of trainees and regularity in classes and motivation in linkages development. GPI Mansehra administration & Afghan trainees said that these types of peer learning visit must be carried out at regular basis as these visits are really helpful to create awareness and smooth ongoing of vocational training.