LAHORE - Barclays and UNICEF have renewed their highly-successful “Building Young Futures” partnership for a further two years with an additional £450,000 (UK Pound Sterling) investment from Barclays to be utilised in Punjab by UNICEF for imparting a comprehensive vocational and entrepreneurial skills to the most excluded adolescents of Punjab. 

The second phase of the partnership aims to help tackle youth unemployment by improving prospects of 6,000 disadvantaged young people in Punjab; strengthening their economic and social resilience against the devastating challenges of chronic poverty, inequality and changing economic circumstances.

Barclays Pakistan CEO, Shazad Dada, said, “This partnership between Barclays and UNICEF comes at the right time for the Pakistani youth. Investing in them is key for the future. Barclays is committed to supporting young people to develop the right skills to fulfil their potential.” Ketsamay Rajphangthong, Chief Field Office Punjab, UNICEF added, “Creating opportunities for adolescents to thrive, learn, participate and stay healthy is essential towards their holistic development.”