PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has initiated social reforms and provision of career opportunities targeting the youth of the province enrolled in the elementary and higher educational institutions in an effort to sensitize, create awareness and provide professional avenues for career development.
In the light of directives of Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Azam Khan, the three tier initiative is targeted to ensure ethical, informed and participatory citizenry with special emphasis on providing moral education at schools followed by Good Citizen Corps (GCC) at college level and post graduate internship program in all the projects under the provincial Annual Development Plan (ADP).
A news release issued by information department KP saying that the initiative has been taken in lieu of the changing social needs, stark gaps in curriculum regarding civic and ethical standards, enhanced participatory role of citizens in the modern world and the youth budge in the population that needs to be channelized in the best possible way.
It further added that the initiative has been divided into three phases which the first phase including imparting theoretical knowledge regarding civic and ethics dispersed across different subjects aimed at sensitizing students on prevalent ethical issues, civic duties and their role in society helping students at elementary level to become responsible citizens.
For successful implementation of the theoretical phase, a catalogue of important topics pertaining to ethics and civic studies has been drafted jointly by the PMRU and subject experts of the E&SE Department, it stated.
Moreover, directives have been issued to all public educational institutions in KP for holding regular speeches and skits on topics of ethics during their assemblies. The practice has already been initiated in the schools since last month, the release informed.
Secondly, Good Citizens Corps (GCC) has been launched at college level replacing the National Cadet Course (NCC). Under this program, college students will be required to undergo a compulsory 21 days course which will include working at different welfare centers such as blood donation camps, hospitals, social welfare department etc.
Thirdly, the Provincial Government will provide internships in all the projects of the Provincial ADP, whereby they will be trained in specific areas, hence making them capable enough to find employment and contributing into the economy.