One of the major obstacles for Pakistani youth is the absence of employment opportunities. Dr. Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan, has stated that online education programmes such as Google Career Certificates can provide Pakistani youth with a path up into various booming digital sectors poised for expansion.
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Recently, Google introduced Career Certificates to provide Pakistani youth with flexible learning paths to develop knowledge and digital skills for in-demand jobs. This year, the tech master will award 15,000 scholarships through local partners including education institutions, industry partners, and non-profits such as the Institute of Rural Management (IRM) and Ignite National Technology Fund.
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President Alvi emphasized that the digital courses organized by Google and IRM will provide Pakistan’s youth with skills to access burgeoning fields including cyber security, communication technologies, and blockchain. He went on to say that the effort would help Pakistan embrace digital technology, which has the potential to revolutionize the world.
Concerning the impact on business operations, Dr. Alvi stated that the youth might sell their skills on a worldwide scale, resulting in faster and more effective commercial operations. He urged them to join in and learn from Google programs in order to advance their careers.
Dr. Alvi also highlighted the role of women in the economy which can be enhanced through these digital courses. Pakistan’s ICT sector has grown dramatically over the last decade, with an average annual revenue growth rate of 20-30%. With concentration and diligence, now is the moment to capitalize these opportunities.
“In a world where computers and mobile devices are used on a regular basis for information transfer, digital literacy is critical,” said Waqas Ghani Kukaswadia, an ICT expert at JS Global.
Although these online courses are not a substitute for university education, they provide individuals with a fundamental understanding of their chosen area. These self-paced Google classes will benefit thousands of professionals and students wishing to supplement their income in their leisure time after work or school.
According to the National Human Development report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pakistan currently has the largest percentage of young people ever recorded in history. 64 per cent of the total population of Pakistan is below the age of 30 while 29 per cent is between the ages of 15 and 29 years.