ISLAMABAD: Federal Secretary Ministry of IT and Telecommunication Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui presided over the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Telecom Foundation and Tech Valley Pakistan on Friday for supporting the underprivileged children of the society, through Google’s technology and ICT based solutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary IT said this initiative by the Telecom Foundation and Tech Valley was directly in line with the vision of the government and the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication in fulfillment of a digital and welfare based Pakistan.
Last year the privileges of making a living through online coding and using digital platforms were provided through the same partnership under the MoITT to the underprivileged children in the Telecom Foundation schools in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and following the success of that, the same facility is now being extended to the schools in Peshawar, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Quetta.
The Secretary IT appreciated the efforts of the new TF management over the past 18 months in reviving it and reassured his ministry’s continued support to the Foundation in its initiatives in digital social welfare expansion.
The President & CEO of Telecom Foundation Syed Zomma Mohiuddin said that the Google MoU also includes more google programs than the CS First and was part of the many steps taken by the Foundation for the first time in its 30 year history, with the support of the MoITT, over the past year and a half to enable it to fully contribute to the under privileged sections of the society through ICT and digital solutions.
On the occasion the Public Policy Manager Pakistan, Google Mr. Nick Bauer through video link stated that Google will continue to support Pakistan through its initiatives and partnership with the MoITT to sustainably provide solutions that help build a digital Pakistan.
The CEO of Tech Valley, Mr. Umar Farooq stated that as an organization dedicated to officially promoting the Google based technical education and empowerment of the children of Pakistan, the Tech Valley was pleased to partner Telecom Foundation in enabling the underprivileged children of the society through state of the art ICT and technology based trainings that will develop a long term business and employment opportunity for Pakistan.
Senior officials of the MoITT, Telecom Foundation and Tech Valley were present on the occasion.