Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) and Microsoft Corporation Pakistan (MS) have joined hands to jointly work for Youth Enablement and Empowerment through information and communication technology integration and trainings.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between both the organizations, MS committed for capacity building of young individuals especially from less privileged community on ICT skills (Coding & Microsoft Technologies) and soft skills. MS to initiate their “Train the Trainer Program” for teachers from SAF Schools on digital skills. Microsoft will share the digital skill curriculum for capacity building programs and promoting employment opportunities and enterprise development among the youth in Pakistan under this collaboration jointly with SAF.
Global Chairman of Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) Mr. Shahid Afridi, Global Chief Executive officer of Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) Mr. Zeeshan Afzal and Country General Manager Microsoft Corporation Pakistan (MS) Mr. Syed Abid Zaidi jointly signed and exchanged the MoU documents. Senior officials from both sides were present to observe proceedings from the ceremony.
Mr. Zeeshan Afzal Global Chief Executive officer of Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) spoke about SAF’s initiatives and this collaboration with Microsoft;
“SAF has undertaken different initiatives in Health, Clean Water, and Sports Rehabilitation with special focus on its education sector”.
“This partnership with Microsoft would further speak about SAF’s resolve to empower youth especially from the less privileged community through information & communication technology integration and trainings under this collaborative effort”.
“SAF aims to uplift the underprivileged communities in Pakistan with the help of corporate community and especially from Multi-national Companies (MNC’s) through their CSR initiatives”
Mr. Syed Abid Zaidi Country General Manager of Microsoft Corporation Pakistan welcomed Mr. Shahid Afridi at their MoU signing ceremony at the local hotel in Karachi and highlighted Microsoft’s roles as responsible corporate entity. Country General Manager of Microsoft Corporation Pakistan also spoke about Microsoft’s role in giving back to the society through their program for the community development under Microsoft Philanthropies program.
Country General Manager of Microsoft in Pakistan stressed upon the importance of educating youth of our beloved nation in the field of information and communication technology. He also highlighted the support of Microsoft to the Non-Government Organization (NGO) sector under their Microsoft Non-profits program whereby they provide free of cost or discounted products / solutions to NGO sector.
Mr. Abid Zaidi further highlighted the points of understanding with SAF for this collaborative effort and its objectives and thanked Mr. Shahid Afridi for joining hands for this common cause of education and wish that all our collaborative efforts may produce desired results and brings betterment in the society.”
Mr. Shahid Afridi spoke in the concluding remarks of the ceremony and shared his dream and commitment towards this philanthropic career and said;
“I highly appreciate and thank the management of Microsoft for entrusting and acknowledging my pledge and strive for the cause”.
“I strongly believe that all the privileged communities, especially the corporate sector has to come forward and contribute their part to return back to the society for which I am very grateful to Microsoft and its management for joining hands with Shahid Afridi Foundation”.
“I would like to thank Microsoft to support SAF’s cause through empowering youth and also request Microsoft management to support SAF’s other initiatives especially in the field of Health and Clean Water”.
“And finally I would also like to thank the media for supporting and projecting my cause by providing coverage of our events and activities”.