Nepra President welcomes training program for women electricians
Tauseef H Farooqi, chairman of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), recently chaired the graduation ceremony for the first Pakistani cohort of certified female electricians.
Women electricians were trained as part of a program launched in collaboration between K-Electric (KE) and the Hunar Foundation to improve the skills of these women and empower them to support their communities.
According to a statement released by KE, the program was an extension of the power company’s Roshni Baji community ambassador program which was also launched by the president of Nepra in February this year.
KE said that since their introduction to the program seven months ago, the Roshni Bajis have engaged locally with communities in Malir, Orangi, Surjani Town, Lyari and other regions, and have educated more than 100,000 households on safe use practices. electricity inside houses.
The initiative, according to the power company, was in line with its vision of partnering with communities to uplift and empower residents and it also followed Nepra’s vision of “power with prosperity”.
KE said the certification has enabled female electricians to break gender stereotypes, gain financial independence and create their own space in traditionally male-dominated spaces. The training enabled them to successfully deploy full internal wiring on a single phase power supply of up to 5 kilowatts from utility meters to the distribution board in a house.
In addition, they have been trained in calculating the load and energy consumption of devices, which can be used to ensure the safety of the power supply inside homes.
The electric utility added that the Roshni Bajis had also been trained in self-defense, motorcycle riding and maintenance, as well as communication skills to give them more mobility and confidence.
Gender equality is an integral part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, KE said, adding that it proudly contributes to the national effort to foster an enabling environment for women.
The president of Nepra praised the certification. “The CSR of Nepra [corporate social responsibility] vision believes that transforming Pakistan’s socio-economic landscape can begin with the active engagement and development of local communities, and participatory models like the one K-Electric is undertaking are a positive step that can lead to sustainable behavior change ” , did he declare.
Nepra also benefited from a demonstration of KE’s Geographic Information System (GIS) through which the company mapped its entire transmission and distribution network for better visibility and real-time monitoring.
Senior management at the power company also briefed the regulator on the reasons for the delays in commissioning the first unit of KE’s upcoming 900 MW flagship power plant. The authority ordered the KE to speed up the process.