Universal Service Fund today signed contract for “Establishment of Computer Labs in Government Girls’ Schools in Rural Areas of Islamabad Capital Territory”.
Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister, Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Anusha Rahman Khan and Minister of State for CADD, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry were present on the occasion.
The signing ceremony was held at Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom (MoITT) where two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed.
The first MoU was signed between Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Federal Directorate of Education (CADD), for establishment of Computer Labs in Girls’ Schools in Rural Islamabad Capital Territory.
Another MoU was signed between USF and Microsoft for the training of over 90 teachers by Microsoft for these computer labs. USF will appoint the teachers for these labs.
CEO, USF, Mr. Haaris M. Chaudhary, and General Manager, Microsoft, Miss Leila Serhan, signed the MoU.
USF Board of Directors, chaired by Minister of State for IT & Telecom, approved this special project for girls in collaboration with FDE and Microsoft. Under this project, state of the art ICT facilities and trained human resources will be provided to the selected girls’ schools at primary, middle and secondary level in rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory , in addition to operational and maintenance support for 3 years to these schools.
This special project aims to benefits the girls at these schools by fostering digital coding skills and building early stage aptitude for ICT related careers. The project is expected to empower these girls by equipping them with modern IT knowledge and opening the doors of the IT sector to them.
This will facilitate these young women in becoming entrepreneurs, contributors to the knowledge-based economy, and the future builders of the nation.
Minister of State for IT & Telecom appreciated the cooperation of FDE, Microsoft and USF for fully supporting this initiative. She said that the project will improve the lives of many young girls by equipping them ICT skills.
She further said “ICT is the lever of economic progress. We are using this lever to empower the girls from the marginalized sections of society. Through this initiative, we aim to help approximately 33,000 girls’ students, enrolled in these institutions, by making them computer literate and bringing them at par with students elsewhere in the world. She said that this programme for girls will help reduce the gender disparity at large.”
On the occasion, Minister of State for CADD thanked all the stakeholders for their commitment to this project, and said that the project will help in bridging the IT and education gap between the urban and rural areas of Pakistan .
Senior officials of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of IT & Telecom, CADD, USF and Microsoft also attended the ceremony.