When we go several years back, there used to be a science society in the city at Malir area. They organized an annual exhibition of computer, software and electronic based projects made by students of various schools, private institutes and individuals. 9th November was the date of event and we used to be regular participants.
Projects display at Regent Plaza from students of Institute of Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) took me to the memory lane. Around 120 individuals signed up with iACT, an institute also in Malir, for a unique ssix-monthtraining program. The program called “Lead the Way” trained the participants to build social action projects that would improve their communities, schools, colleges, and hospitals.
The projects included Anti-Smoking and Anti-Drug Campaign, Women’s Right in Pakistan, Cleaning Campaign, Child Labor Awareness, Awareness Camps about Traffic Rules, Education Walk, Library Conception, Motivational Sessions, Renovating Learning Spaces and Tree Plantation. Needless to say they all received an amazing engagement and feedbacks from guests at the events.
Special guests include Ms. Shamim Mumtaz – Minister Social Welfare Department, Rizwan Jaffar – Founder Chairman Youth Parliament, Mr. Feroz Khan – CEO Omar Jibran Engineering Industries Ltd. and principals of the schools from where the students belong attended the event to support the efforts of students.
‘Lead the Way’, the six-month program was a successful first step to overcome the increasing intolerance and violence in society by Habib University Foundation in collaboration with youth from few areas of Malir in constructive activities.
For anyone interesting knowing iACT more, I am including their official introduction.
“The Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) is a not-for-profit career development center that offers training to underprivileged youth from marginalized areas of Karachi for better career prospects. Established in 2008, in Saudabad, Malir, it is a public-private partnership initiative between Habib University Foundation and local government of Karachi.
iACT offers free of cost, as well as scholarship based courses and trainings. iACT also guarantees 100% job placement to its graduates.
Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents has taken up the cause of engaging and empowering young people from marginalized areas as its mission and aims to help youth from areas stricken with poverty, violence, and crime. We bring young people from areas like Lyari, Korangi, Landhi, Malir, and other parts of Karachi along with the youth of other Sindh Distrcits to iACT to enhance their abilities and strengthen their relations with community.
For this purpose, iACT is investing financial and human resources in the development and implementation of youth development projects of Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh in seven districts of Sindh. Not only the courses we make our students go through a rigorous training which involves personal and career development, industrial visits, guest speaker sessions and counseling to enrich them with practical experiences. We also take the responsibility to place our students in the industry and provide them suitable jobs.”