Engro Vopak Terminal Limited, in partnership with CIRCLE Women, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment, held Tech Karo’s Closing Ceremony, at the Karachi School of Business and Leadership.
The Tech Karo Program aims to create a pipeline of women in tech by providing web development and life skills to the youth, especially women from the underserved communities – an initiative that champions the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 & 8, of Gender Equality and Economic Growth.
With 62% of the students being female, the first batch had 50 graduates. Over 30 students were placed in internships with leading tech companies, including 10 Pearls and Ibex Global. The program also ensured that the students received proper guidance regarding the tech industry through Tech Mentorship.
British Deputy High Commissioner Elin Burns was the chief guest for the afternoon. Tahira Raza former President First Women Bank, Dr Zahir Syed Vice Chancellor Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Dr Shoaib Zaidi Professor and Head of Academics at UIT were present amongst many others to show their support.
While speaking at the occasion, Jahangir Piracha, CEO Engro Vopak Terminal Limited said,
It was indeed an inspirational afternoon, seeing what CIRCLE had envisioned for this young talent and how they delivered their promise to give them a holistic program. We are proud that we embarked this journey to introduce more women in the tech sector with CIRCLE.
On this occasion, Sadaffe Abid, Founder CIRCLE shared the challenges in introducing this innovative program and said, “Technology is an equalizer and enabler. We are thrilled to bring digital skills to young Pakistani women and men so they prosper and Pakistan progresses.”
While the program was a huge success, it also highlighted the limitations a majority of the women usually undergo in the country and how they have managed to come out stronger with the help of their mentors and technology.
Rabia, a Tech Karo student, who is passionate about technology and wants to make a difference in the lives of others, prior to joining the Tech Karo program, worked at a variety of schools as a teacher where she was paid only 1500-3000 Rupees for working 10 hours a day. She is the main provider for her family. Even though her family needs help, her father persuaded her to get an education. She didn’t let stereotypes bring her down and wanted to make her parents proud,
I was eager to learn about web development, after learning about Tech Karo my passion for learning tech intensified. I also saw it as a perfect opportunity to make my father proud and give him the return for his hard work.
She is enjoying the life skills classes as well and is successfully putting them in practical use, “through the life skill session on Mindfulness, I have learned how to stay relaxed and focused and remain comfortable during times of stress.” Now, Rabia is moving towards a brighter future and has great ambitions and goals for her life, “I want to create a website that would help others and change the world, I also want to make my parents proud, Tech karo has given me a chance to achieve this.”