Pakistan govt launches Digital Media Program for youth

100 internships offered to youth under Pakistan Government and UNDP digital media program

Prime Minister Imran Khan officially launched the government’s Digital Media Development Program (DMDP) for youth.

Digital Media Wing (DMW), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched the initiative.

Speaking at the event, PM Imran Khan said, “Pakistani Youth should never underestimate their abilities and set a very high goal for themselves to achieve. You should never give up in the face of failures, and the hurdles are there only to make you stronger. Choose objectives that are bigger than yourself and serve a higher purpose. Further, he said that he is delighted to see this initiative that will involve the youth of Pakistan in furthering Pakistan’s narrative. He stressed the importance of truth and said that those who remain truthful in their life are respected.”

The UNDP Resident Representative Knut Ostby said, “UNDP is pleased to support the Government of Pakistan in this effort to empower youth by providing very relevant digital skills and on-the-job training to young men and women in government offices. This kind of professional exposure will be an important step to enhance youth’s future career prospects.” 

What does the program offer?

DMDP will bridge the gap between the students, the Government of Pakistan and the digital media industry by training the youth.

In the first batch, 100 capable interns will be selected placed at federal ministries and departments for three months to enhance their skills.

The government has partnered with the world’s leading social media organizations and digital media industry experts, including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for workshops and training for young Pakistani interns. With UNDP’s support, the students will also get monthly stipends upon successful completion of tasks.

During the internship, the interns will also be guided to conduct digital media seminars in their respective universities to engage the youth of Pakistan. The interns will also work on a project to address issues such as fake news that Pakistan faces in this particular industry.

With DMDP, a more collaborative and agile digital ecosystem will be created, where all stakeholders will be working towards a common goal of transforming Pakistan’s digital landscape for the betterment of the country. 

Pakistan’s digital media landscape

Pakistan’s digital media community has been growing rapidly. Pakistan now has:

  • Over 100 million internet users
  • 185 million mobile subscriptions
  • Over 50 million people active on social media.

DMDP is strategically designed to leverage the digital landscape and empower the youth of Pakistan in enhancing their digital skills and gain employment opportunities.

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