tech karo – bringing tech skills to the youth in pakistan
In 2019, Engro Vopak, Engro Foundation and We Connect partnered with Circle Women’s Association to develop the Tech Karo program. Over the year, the program successfully completed three technological training programs, teaching tech and life skills to 560 young girls and boys from underserved communities (65% female) and placing over 50% of the graduates in jobs and internships to enable them to increase their livelihood.
Tech Karo specifically targets the lack of female representation and aims to create a pipeline of female talent in the field of technology. By 2043, at the current trend less than 1% of the global tech workforce will comprise female professionals. In Pakistan, women represent only 14% of the IT workforce and 13% of IT managers (P@SHA, 2012). To address these challenges, Tech Karo has been running technological training for young girls from underserved communities.
In 2019, Tech Karo organized two training programs, one in Web Development at the Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and the other in Digital Marketing at the Lyari Girls’ Cafe.
100 students were enrolled in the Web development course in March 2019 and 74 students successfully graduated from the course in November. The course included three key components: teaching front-end web development as well as advanced topics, life skills sessions, and bringing mentors from the industry to increase students’ exposure and enable them to learn from experts.
In 2022, E-Commerce and Freelancing courses have been introduced into the program. 105 students have been enrolled in these courses and 92 have been successful graduated.
DLP Digital literacy program for women and Coding for youth were introduce in Tech Karo in 2022 to empower women and provide skills to youth.