Wary mother now appreciates NGOs

Layyah: June, 2014: Initially Ruksana’s mother said no to letting her daughter learn skills, now she is sending her to learn more.

18 year old Rukhsana Bibi D/o Abdul Ghafoor, from District Layyah is the youngest of five children and says she only got primary level education because her parents had only wanted to educate their sons.

She used to help her mother in the house, but one day she learned about a visit to her Basti from Plan international Pakistan’s team who told them about vocational training for girls. “I thought the time has come for me to learn”, she said. And so she decided to participate in the next meeting and become a member of the “Untied Youth Group” Plan had set up as part of the EU-funded Youth Economic Empowerment Project.

At first her mother was opposed to the idea, being under the misconception that Plan would “sell my daughter or engage her in bad habits”. So when Plan offered a handy skill training on Sewing machine repair & maintenance her mother refused her permission to attend. But the Plan representative and other members of female youth group finally persuaded the mother to let her go.

“After getting the training on Sewing machine repair & maintenance”, I explained to my mother in detail what I had learned and now she is very happy”. In fact her mother has even permitted her to attend a long term technical & vocational training course in TVET Layyah, and Rukhsana bibi is very much committed to making the most of the opportunity and being able to contribute to her household’s income. AS for her mother, she now says:

“But Now I believe that Plan International Pakistan is doing something positive”

Fact Box

Plan International

Provision of access to market-driven training and employment opportunities to vulnerable youth and women in rural districts of southern Punjab, Youth Economic Empowerment project (YEEP)

Contributions and Aim:
The Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (YEEP) is a EUR 2.4 million project being funded by the European Union (90%) and Plan International (10%). The 3.5 year project is being implemented by Plan International and NRSP. It aims to help a total of 3694 young men and women aged 15-29 to find meaningful, well-paid employment and self-employment by improving access to effective, market-driven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) opportunities.

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