We are happy to celebrate International Youth Day and its key theme: The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production. Poverty remains a significant obstacle to providing a prosperous and sustainable future for vulnerable peoples around the world, especially youth. To combat these challenges, greater educational opportunities and job training must be provided to enable youth to build brighter futures for themselves.
For over thirty years, we have been striving to help youth unlock their potential through sustainable development projects that will enable them to acquire useful skills to lead full lives of dignity. Our partnership with Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) for the Deaf Reach School project located in Karachi, Pakistan is an example of our commitment to help young people with hearing impairments achieve their dreams. Founded in 1999, it has expanded to seven schools and remains the only deaf school system in Pakistan. The school offers English, Math, Science, Urdu and job placement training in Pakistani Sign Language to aid students’ transition into the job market. To date, nearly 800 young adult deaf students have received job training for obtaining meaningful employment and starting new businesses.
There’s still a lot more we can do to help achieve the objectives of International Youth Day. Learn more here and share the hashtag #YouthDay on your social networks!