NOWPDP, through its program Dastoor, is providing vocational training to children with disabilities in different skills, such as graphic designing, web designing, textile designing and block printing. The funds provided will cover the costs of curriculum development, training material & equipment, such as laptops, and support the training of 200 students with disabilities in 2017 at special schools.
In Pakistan, there are very few vocational training and skills development opportunities for persons with disabilities. The mainstream institutes lack reasonable accommodations required for persons with disabilities, and special schools often do not have the resources or expertise to offer vocational training. Both these factors combine to limit the access of persons with disabilities to skills development opportunities, which subsequently puts them at a disadvantage when they seek employment.
NOWPDP, through its program Dastoor, partners with special schools and provides vocational training in different market relevant skills, such as graphic designing, web designing, textile designing and block printing to children with disabilities. Through the six month training, the students learn the basics of the different skills, and become adept at using skill relevant technology, providing a foundation which the students can build upon if they choose to pursue careers in those field
By equipping children with disabilities with the basic skills in the aforementioned skills, NOWPDP enables them to pursue educational and/or employment opportunities, which ultimately contributes towards their socio-economic inclusion.