Alight believes in integrated approach for development to positively impact the lives of its stakeholders. To stay in line with this objective, Alight Pakistan arranged a three days workshop (July 13-15, 2020) for all the major stakeholder to plan implementation of Gaamzan project in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Addressing the occasion, Honorable Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Chairman, National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), talked about the gaps and grave need to address the issue of Out-Of-School Children (OOSC) in Pakistan. He appreciated the partnership between Alight and NCHD in terms of the joint initiatives under EAC especially in terms of the current scenario. He also appreciated the presence of partners especially those that had come all the way from Gilgit-Baltistan for this joint venture.

DCOP, Alight Pakistan, Kamran Iftikhar Lone introduced the Gaamzan project and highlighted the fact that the teams will work in unison for implementation, with clear and collectively developed SOPs.

He said that Gaamzan will also focus on skill development, employment and entrepreneurship for positive engagement of adolescent youth. There will be vocational and soft skill development trainings for the enrolled children as well. After attaining marketable and employable skills through training, the youth will be provided the option to take the entrepreneurship route or attain a job through employment placement.

The participants brainstormed and developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for project activities. The aim of the workshop was to ensure that all implementing partners of the project are well-oriented with all components, deliverables and tools of the Gaamzan Project.

The training workshop concluded with consensus that it successfully brought together all the implementing partners together to collectively design and understand the various components of Gaamzan Project in Gilgit-Baltistan. Participants became well-versed with the programme components including monitoring tools, finance, operational requirements and donor compliance mechanisms.

Alight Pakistan, through its partners, is implementing Gaamzan project to improving access to education for OOSC in Gilgit-Baltistan. The project also aims to promote entrepreneurship amongst the youth, especially in the context of supporting local industry and businesses.