The Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman, while talking to the media, highlighted the importance of streamlining career choices for young Pakistanis who have the potential to be the best in the world.
She referred to Ignite, formerly the National ICT R&D Fund, as the cornerstone platform for the youth of Pakistan; a place where they could uncover their hidden potential and progress on a career path where their income and livelihood is guaranteed.
Portal Needed to Impart Technical Skills
Anusha Rehman said that the Ministry of IT wants to develop a portal through Ignite that can not only teach about the latest technical advancements but also act as a market place. The platform will also help bolster and support the cottage industry in Pakistan.
The need for developing coding skills, from a young age, is the need of the hour since programming is the future. She said,
“For a better future, we need to start teaching programming at the age of 4”.
Minister of IT further added,
“It is our responsibility to provide our kids with all the happiness that they deserve and it is only possible if we equip them with the skills they’re going to need for a successful future”.
“This is not just a conference but an effort towards the realization of a dream and nothing is impossible for those who’re determined”, she asserted.
“We will train women with the required technological skills to enable them to earn from home”.
Briefing the media about the Digi Skills platform, the Minister said that, “it is the right time to develop new skills in new technologies and with this program.” She stated that “we’re going to train 10 lac people from all over Pakistan”.
Anusha Rehman said that programs like these are the need of the hour in a country with such a huge population. Ignite will train 10 lac (1 million) freelancers in one year, and that this low-budget platform will benefit millions of Pakistanis.