Karachi Vocational Training Centre is the 1st Vocational training centre with a unique Job Placement Program in Pakistan for the intellectually challenged. Over 500 intellectually challenged (IC) persons have been rehabilitated by KVTC and are engaged in paying jobs all over Karachi.
As intellectual disabilities are not illnesses, there are no treatments per se. Instead, interventions focus on identifying abilities and limitations. The goal is to provide sufficient supports that maximize each person's functioning. KVTC is the only centre in Sindh that offers a holistic solution to all rehabilitation needs of intellectually challenged persons and involves the 3 stages of rehabilitation:
KVTC is the only SEN training centre in Sindh with a comprehensive Sports & PE Curriculum:
The common characteristics of intellectual disabilities are: difficulty in learning and processing information; problems with abstract thought; and problems with social interactions occur at varying levels unique to each individual. Intellectual impairment involves problems with mental abilities that affect day-to-day functioning in three areas:
The backbone of KVTC’s curriculum is based on Individualized Vocational and Educational Plans. They are considered an entitlement and basis for planning, extended by building therapeutic work and Vocational skills necessary for independent living. Individual plans through the services available in the centre are developed for each trainee. For candidates with severe challenges, our school works extensively with parents and guardians, main stream school and the corporate sector to develop and deliver courses appropriate to the needs of an individual.
The general work place in Pakistan still has a long way to go in terms of being accessible to people with physical disabilities, whereby most employers are reluctant to hire intellectually challenged people because they perceive them to have limited or insufficient capabilities to perform jobs. This lack of awareness results in even stronger barriers for intellectually challenged people who are almost never considered for employment. While KVTC has had unprecedented success in this area, we feel that we can find employment for more intellectually challenged people through the set up of small-medium enterprises, based on the skills they learn at the centre, and the manufacture and sale of items produced and marketed by intellectually challenged people themselves.
Technical skills are the abilities and knowledge needed to perform specific tasks. They are practical, and often relate to mechanical, information technology, mathematical, or scientific tasks.
Students are taught basic concepts of Mathematics, English, Urdu, Islamiat and General Knowledge. Teachers tailor the educational targets according to the mental age, needs & functioning of each student. Reading, writing, time and money concepts which are essential for functioning in daily life are also taught. In these levels students are being trained by the special educators and academic teachers. By using customized curriculum trainees are being facilitated by basic and functional academics. Along with academics they are attending different skills and therapy units by applying individualized educational, vocational and therapeutic plans.
At KVTC Dedication doesn’t have an Off-season!
KVTC is not only a vocational rehabilitation Centre it is a hub of unbridled compassion and motivation. Each day here is the relentless hard work to empower the people with intellectual challenges so that they can fend for themselves. These success stories are living examples of the dedication of each and every individual at Karachi Vocational Training Centre, because when life puts KVTC in challenges we do not say “why us”, we say “Try Us”.
The trainee came to KVTC from a stressful environment after his father’s death. With all the support gone, he started as a trainee at KVTC with therapies and training to resolve his problems.The trainee persevered and fought back the obstacles that caused him the loss of his confidence and self-esteem. He received training at KVTC and was recruited as an Assistant Physical Exercise and Occupational Therapist. He was later hired as an Assistant Class Teacher at KVTC. Aqib is now supporting his family and financially supporting his younger brother’s education.
Shehzore went through the training process at KVTC and as a part of it; he joined his father’s business as a cashier under the Training and Home Support Program set for him. His training, progress, and sincere effort gave him the opportunity to work as a Cashier in Mr. Burger. He later joined HSBC Bank for 3 years in Human Resource Department. With his unstoppable attempts to move forward, he is now a part of Attock Cement as a Junior Store Officer and won the Best Employee Bonus of the year 2016-2017.
With his mild to moderate IQ, the trainee was not considered a potential achiever.He belonged to a non-supportive family environment and monetary constraints. When he came to KVTC, he was trained in different skills with TOPS and YSL being his major therapy support.Ahmed was hired as an internee, later appointed as an employee, and is now a part of KVTC’s Jiddat production team. With his will to show the world that he is different, he participated and won 2 gold medals and a silver medal in the Special Olympics National Games 2018.
Due to his learning difficulty, he was enrolled in an inclusive school, where he was bullied to the extreme that his self-image was shattered, and he lost the strength to face the world. He stayed at home until the time he came to KVTC. The trainee was provided with constant Home Support and was enrolled in British Council for completion of his education. With minimum odds of surviving, he completed his O and A levels and is now working as an Assistant Accounts Officer in Quality Textile Mills. With his perseverance, hard work of 4 years, and the constant support of KVTC, the trainee is now an earning member of his family and is financially independent.