Pak, Germany launch Technical and Vocational Education and Training reform support programme

Islamabad: Pakistan, jointly with the Federal Republic of Germany and the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands launched a new Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform Support Programme (TVET) in Lahore Thursday.

Starting in 2011, the 5-year programme aims to renew the TVET system in Pakistan, in particular in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. It targets increased access, equity, relevance and quality of TVET. Imple-mentation will be supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Funds have been provided by the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pakistan (euro 15 million) and the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (euro 2 million). TVET is the backbone of economic development in all countries anywhere in the world, but it has been largely neglected for many years in Pakistan. “We are pleased to assist our Pakistani counterparts in revitalising this important sector in which Germany has proven expertise,” said ambassador Dr Koch. Hulisz first secretary of the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands said, “The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as a major contributor to this programme, believes in the relevance of TVET for economic growth.”

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