Overview of KADO i-Tech
Gilgit Baltistan (GB) is one of the less accessible provinces in Pakistan. It is connected to rest of the country by flight services and the only road link (Karakoram Highway). In addition, poor road conditions and long distance makes travelling difficult. As a result, it is difficult for products produced in GB to access the market in an effective and efficient manner. To further complicate matters, the remoteness of GB as well as constant security issues lead to limited possibilities for internet access, which even more isolates the inhabitants from the outside world. Due to this lack of opportunities and market access, people in GB continue to be marginalized. With this as the background, Karakorum Area Development Organization (KADO) has joined hands with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to facilitate youth of the region to minimize their miseries. KADO i-Tech project entitled as “Enhancing Employability of Marginalized Segments in GB through IT” is being implemented with the financial assistance of the TVET Reform Support Program as part of its Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Program is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by GIZ.
The internet has rewritten the rules of business. Gone are the days when people were required to physically go to work to gratify their financial needs. With this paradigm shift, the opportunities for people with expertise in information technology have never been greater. With thousands of jobs available on the internet, you can now work from home and earn a decent income. For that you just need the skills, a computer and internet connectivity.
Through this project, KADO has established modern i-Tech training centers in eight locations (including one mobile unit) in GB, with the aim to provide skill based short trainings in information technology, freelancing and alternate energy solution for youth between the age limit of 18 to 38 years and marginalized segments of the society (female, physically challenged, ultra poor and disaster effected).
KADO i-Tech Training centers are located at;
- Gahkuch, Ghizer
- Aliabad, Hunza
- Karimabad, Hunza
- Gulmit, Gojal
Our free skill-based ICT training programs for online earning include;
- Graphics/Web Designing
- E-Marketing (SEO/SMM, Data Entry/Digitization/E-marketing)
- Online Resource Mobilization/Content Writing
- Online Accounting and Finance
- Forex Trading
- Call Center
- IT for Entrepreneurs
- Solar Energy Solutions
- Laptop and Desktop repair and maintenance
Due to the remoteness and non-availability of Internet service at several locations in GB, we are providing fast and reliable Internet connectivity to the public through satellite internet downlink (VSAT) in our centers. Our i‑Tech training centers are powered by renewable/alternative energy sources, such as solar power and hydroelectricity and power efficient IT equipments including laptops for trainees.
By and large the focus of the project is to uplift the economic conditions of the trainees by imparting to them the skills of making money through online activities/free lancing and through the provision of alternate energy solutions. Each of our interactive courses is taught by real world professionals and covers an array of important topics aimed to hone their skills which are in demand on the internet based job market. Our trainers not only seek to strengthen the skills of the trainees, but also acquaint them with hunting real opportunities.
Trainees who successfully complete our training programs are entitled to receive nationally accredited certification. KADO has made arrangements with financial institution so that ICT trainees are provided micro level loans to enable them to purchase their own laptop and power back up (solar panel).
- As many as 3000 beneficiaries will be trained in various ICT courses with special focus on women, and link them with online earning opportunities to enable them to earn their livelihood by selling their skills on the internet based job market.
- To get hands on experience in the field, 100 youth will be sent to online earning companies working in down cities as “Interns” for one month each with stipend to facilitate their travelling and leaving.
- Seven Business Incubation Centers will be setup with each training centers to facilitate the graduated trainees to start their earnings after the trainings.
The trained human resource will be an addition to the human capital of the region which is well oriented to the internet based job market. The recent development in terms of introducing 3G and 4G technology in the country and the future prospect of linking Pakistan with China through fiber optics, passes through the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. To get benefit of the technological infrastructure, raising the skill level of the youth to get them ready to utilize the infrastructure is need of the day.
Locally, almost every department including government departments are digitizing the office records and processes. These developed human resources can also be used to digitize the public and private sector institutions in the days to come.
In nutshell, this initiative is the first step towards making the region a “Silicone valley”