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Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned

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  • 1. “we have a lot of ideas in our head, but we don’t know how to talk about them and so we don’t get job offers.”
  • 2. “Life is going a bit tough… It’s been a year that my mother passed away and since then I am fighting with depression and loneliness… Your lecture boosted me a lot to see things in a positive way and try not to stick to negative things. Instead of sticking negative things I try to add some positive meanings to the incidents of life. I remember your examples, that was the most motivating factor for me.”
  • 3. “The session was superb and I definitely got the most from the videos, but it would be good to show more Pakistanis”.  
  • 4. During  our  ini*al  research,  we  believed  that  there  was  tremendous  opportunity  for  us  to   provide  so;  skills  training  for  students  in  technical/voca*onal  training  programs.   Throughout  the  country,  there  are  hundreds  of  hard  skills  training  centers,  however,  less   than  10%  of  them  are  teaching  so;  skills.  Employers  have  iden*fied  this  as  a  major  gap  and   the  government  is  now  planning  to  invest  heavily  in  this  type  of  training.       Addi*onally,  the  opportunity  to  make  an  impact  here  is  significant,  given  that  nearly  80%  of   these  students  dropped  out  of  school  and  earn  less  than  20,000  PKR  a  month.       Given  the  significance  of  this  opportunity,  Amal  ran  a  one-­‐month  (40  hour)  pilot  with  a   small  group  of  students  at  Descon  Training  Ins*tute,  in  order  to  determine  if  we  can   enhance  their  so;  skills.  Unfortunately,  we  discovered  that  weren’t  able  to  achieve  the  type   of  impact  that  we  wanted,  primarily  for  the  following  reasons:   As  a  result,  we  realized  that  we  need  to  focus  on  industries   and  student  popula*ons  where  we  can  make  the  most   difference,  and  then  eventually  incorporate  those  lessons   and  successes  in  order  to  reach  more  marginalized   communi*es,  such  as  voca*onal  students.   -­‐  Language  barrier:  we  needed  to  transliterate  the  majority  of   our  content  into  Urdu  and  Punjabi,  and  some  of  the  impact   was  diminished  as  a  result   -­‐  Industry  knowledge:  given  that  we  don’t  have  experience   recrui*ng  for  technical/voca*onal  skills,  it  has  been  difficult   finding  jobs  for  our  students     -­‐  Timing:  Due  to  *ming  constraints,  Descon  wanted  to   complete  the  program  in  40  hours;  given  that  only  20%  of   our  students  studied  beyond  8th  grade,  however,  we   believed  this  was  not  adequate  *me  to  move  the  needle.    
  • 5. Try to love and live the questions now. Perhaps then you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers. - RM Rilke -          

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