In pursuance of its mission, PIHR undertakes projects under the following four program areas:

 

  1. Connecting Schools – Enabling Communities.
  2. Tolerant Pakistan.
  3. Strengthening Democratic Values.
  4. Research in ICT4D.

1. Connecting Schools-Enabling Communities

Pakistan’s education system, especially at the primary and secondary level, continues to be unaligned with the fast-paced and changing skill requirements of the globalized and knowledge-based world of today. On the other hand, it is no secret that Broadband as an enabling technology delivers social and economic benefits of ICTs to the community level through applications that increase productivity, enhance job skills, improve wages and create other diverse economic opportunities. PIHR firmly believes that through ICT-enablement of schools and communities of under-served areas; by connecting them to a world of information through high-speed internet access, we can achieve the objective of effective community empowerment.

Under the umbrella of the program to connect and enable schools and communities in underserved areas of Pakistan, PIHR has undertaken the following initiatives

Awami Taraqi Markaz (Multipurpose Community Telecentres) – 2009 (ongoing)

As defined by UNESCO, ‘Multi-purpose Community Telecentres (MCTs) are structures that encourage and support communities to manage their own development through access to appropriate facilities, resources, training, and services.’ PIHR believes that every community, regardless of its geographic, demographic, economic and ethnic profile must be empowered to guide its own trajectory towards sustainable development and that MCTs can be utilized to do just that.

  • PIHR established 10 MCTs in 4 provinces of Pakistan, which are being run on the ‘Entrepreneurship Model’ through members of the community.
  • Since contact has been established at the grass-root community level, these MCTs act as nerve centers of human rights violations and development concerns in the respective areas.
  • Services offered include communication, entertainment, opportunities for e and distance learning, agriculture and weather-related information, access to e-government services, business promotion through PIHR web portal, job search, civil and political/socio-economic and cultural rights awareness and methods for legal recourse.
  • A database of area-specific social/economic facts and citizens voice regarding issues/problems pertaining to fundamental rights is maintained, voiced and updated periodically by volunteers.

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