“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.”
“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 l...
“The session was superb and
I definitely got the most
from the videos, but it would
be good to show more
Pakistanis”.	
  
During	
  our	
  ini*al	
  research,	
  we	
  believed	
  that	
  there	
  was	
  tremendous	
  opportunity	
  for	
  us	
...
Try to love and
live the questions now.
Perhaps then you will
gradually, without even
noticing it, live your
way into the ...
Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned
Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned
Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned
Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned
Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned
Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned
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Amal academy: Year 1 Lessons Learned

  1. 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. 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. 3. “The session was superb and I definitely got the most from the videos, but it would be good to show more Pakistanis”.  
  4. 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. 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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