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Head Office
TF Basement, State Life Building #05, Phase 01, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan
Contact Person
Ms. Fakhira Khanam - CEO
+92 51 2827798
info@tf.edu.pk
ceo@taaleem.pk

Liaison Office
2nd Floor Firdousi Building, Rustum G-Lane Jinnah Road, Quetta, Pakistan
Phone
+92 81 2822481

Regional Office
ARC Building, 88-A, Chaman Housing Scheme, Airport Road, Quetta.
Phone
+92 300 8388945

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e-Skills

Taaleem Foundation is by and large the largest social change agent in rural Balochistan, with a large number of women work force – more than 250 graduate women on regular pay role in Balochistan since 1989. The organization is committed to provide English medium, high quality formal education in the rural districts of Balochistan in co-education format, having all-female faculty, managed by women professionals themselves.

Taaleem Foundation thrives on its tagline – educating social change – of which, women empowerment is an integral part. We believe in continuous capacity enhancement of all the women deployed in these educational institutions. This helps us retain a large number of female work force in the province despite all odds.

It is high time we built the capacity of these 250 women on entrepreneurial skills and trained them as Master Trainers, using modern technology. With e-learning platform deployed in the school, the facility conveniently turns into community skill center during weekends and vacations, where community women and youth get linked up for learning new skills through innovative technologies, using animated video content and visual lessons through e-learning opportunities. Efforts are in hand to affiliate such e-skill centers with renowned national and international accrediting bodies for certification and recognition, including NAVTTC and City & Guild of UK.

Given the cultural outlay and skill-mix of the rural women and youth available in the target districts, TF intends to teach them skills like English language, basic management, cottage industry, entrepreneurship, housekeeping, basic home economics, IT applications, home-based solar energy solutions and repair & maintenance of mobile phone sets. This would not only support a vibrant vendor industry but also produce marketable local products. Such value-added products of cottage industry could then be linked up with national and international markets through a web portal and physical showcasing at Islamabad.

The organization with strong women workforce physically working in the target districts, has unparalleled access to the rural women and youth; and can always rope them in for benefiting from such initiatives in Balochistan. Empowerment is the name of the game.

WHY: Women and youth in Balochistan, being vulnerable and marginalized, need focused attention with respect to their capacity enhancement and economic empowerment. The traditional approach to construct specialized brick & mortar facility and hire full time staff for each such facility is neither cost-effective nor sustainable in the long run.

WHAT: The intervention aims at providing technology-based vocational / occupational / entrepreneurial e-skills to rural women and youth in the districts, where Taaleem Foundation has a strong hold. Service delivery revolves around setting up a Tele-Center facility at the existing premises of each TF School that would provide e-Skills to the community women during the afternoons, weekends and vacations.

HOW: Each Tele-center would be equipped with LED screen, multi-media set, basic IT infrastructure, internet connectivity and solar power unit. These schools would be connected through high speed Internet with the Central Hub at Karachi for live telecast / on-line training by professional trainers and video streaming of animated video content on various trades and technologies. The central hub at Karachi / Islamabad would have heavy-duty server, studio facility, power generator, data transport facility and professional trainers.

Training content would be telecasted from the operational hub to all Tele-Centers simultaneously, where community women would receive the lessons via LED television, assisted by computers, internet and multi-media facilities after school hours.

The participants would have facility to record and rerun the lessons at leisure for revision, besides having access to global knowledge through internet facilities to benefit from open courseware, uploaded by renowned institutions abroad.

The interactive nature of communication between the central hub and Tele-centers is described in the following diagram: