As suggested by the founder of Circle, a women-oriented entrepreneurial initiative, Sadaffe Abid, There is a serious need to restructure Pakistan’s education system from book knowledge to hands-on skill set training, specifically in the areas of computer science and information technology as current classes provided by the Country’s academic institutions are quite orthodox.
Abid, in an interview with The Express Tribune, pointed out that there is no need four-year ]degree programs, as a better alternative, our IT education system should be equipped with skill-based training along with digital skills as so many new professions in this specific field are appearing quickly, producing a gap between the educational experience and industry.
According to her need of the hour to give a improve technical initiatives and further develop the start-up system in the country and moving from four-year degree programs towards diplomas, bringing creativity, innovation and development in information technology students.
Pakistan should invest in this specific region as technology should be outlook at the given point and significant instrument for empowering females who are not actively involved in the economy of the country at the moment.
Through her initiative, the Circle founder attempts to empower female labour in the start-up ecosystem.
There are many difficulties faced by a founder of any start-up, although, in this specific sector, the scale of difficulties facing females is much greater than that faced by males.
Ms Abid is administering three programs to find out female talent in deprived areas and help develop their skills and start-up ideas. For example, one of the programs in Lyari town of Karachi includes assisting 50 girls by making a technology centre at an accessible place where girls can acquire training of different digital and technical skills to freelance for a sufficient income.
The active contribution of the female labour force in the economy of Pakistan, as per the World Bank, is below 35% and there is no way for the progress of country not including women, unfortunately, there is no increase in their contribution to the economy as it is not taking benefit from the talent of the mass that comprises half of the population as said by the founder of Circle.
By initiating such programs, it was revealed that these can transform the lives of women as they are very quick learners and can easily take up new skills.