KARACHI: Indus Motor Company (IMC) has realized a 12-year old dream via its Toyota – Goth Education Program (T-GEP) with its first batch of students from the under-privileged neighboring localities.
The Company instituted the Toyota – Goth Education Program in 2008 under its Community Uplift Initiative to provide full financial support for elementary and secondary school education to children from economically disadvantaged communities of neighboring localities where IMC operates. To this end, IMC has partnered with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) for imparting quality education from grassroots level.
The Program has gradually expanded its area of operation and has resulted in not only improving the living standard and way of thinking but also helped in reducing the long tradition of early marriage of girls in the neighboring communities.
“Through our notable contributions in education, IMC as a signatory to the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, supports SDG 4 – Quality Education, which focuses on inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong opportunities for all, explains Ali Asghar Jamali, CEO – IMC.
He further added, “Our first batch of T-GEP consisted of two boys, who have completed their Intermediate and having shown interest in building their career through IMC’s flagship Apprenticeship Program, I am happy that they have joined the Company. The girl, meanwhile, has plans to pursue her graduation.” The CEO also met the two boys and congratulated them.
Currently, Pakistan has the world’s second-highest number of out-of-school children with an estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 not attending school, representing 44 per cent of the total population in this age group, according to a UNICEF report.