Open Mind Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan is one of the first companies in the country to really make disability a priority area on their agenda. This has earned us the recognition as a best-practice case in an international report commissioned by the British Council. Moving from the margins is a custom research report produced for the British Council which examines the challenges, opportunities and policy issues affecting persons with disabilities in Pakistan.

Telenor Pakistan takes pride in the fact that it is not only one of the first employers in the country to take up Disability as a priority agenda, but also among the first to implement a program translating ambitions into concrete outcomes. Being an equal opportunity employer, Telenor Pakistan launched the first of its kind program Open Mind Pakistan focusing on mainstreaming Disability.

Access to basic human rights is the true manifestation of empowering societies. Open mind Pakistan is our journey to raise awareness, enable access and promote inclusion. It was introduced to integrate persons with disabilities into the mainstream through advocacy by providing trainings and assistive technology launched in collaboration with special talent exchange program and directorate generals of special education government of Pakistan in July 2009. It focuses on the tri areas of Awareness, Access and Integration.

Phase 1 of the program dealt mostly with Awareness and Accessibility areas with some experimentation in terms of integration.

  • National, Regional and International Leadership Conferences for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Sensitization of the workforce through advocacy, communication campaigns, volunteerism and specialized trainings.
  • Radio programs, TV interviews and media articles highlighting the cause.
  • A cell phone repair workshop set up at National NTCSP Islamabad to promote vocational and livelihood skills among PWDs
  • Sensitization and awareness session for Recruitment Team on Inclusive Recruitment Process & Reasonable Accommodation of Open mind candidates from the advisers on disability.
  • For the evacuation protocols and emergency drills employees with disabilities and team are sensitized through proper training and demonstration from a certified disaster risk management trainers
  • Accessible career web pages & Testing system
  • Audits conducted to ensure accessibility of all offices and Sales & Service Centers.
  • Modification in physical infrastructure of building including emergency evacuation protocols, ramps, signage, designated parking, transportation facility, accessible washrooms and workstations.
  • Telenor Assistive Technology Centers are set up in National Institute of Special Education (NISE), Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), Al-Farabi, National training center for special education (NTCSP), center for intellectually disabled children (MRCP), Development of disabled persons organization (DDPO) & IRCD (Information Resource Center on Disability) which function as training labs for PWDs.
  • Formulation of recruitment policies based on diversity and equal opportunity
  • Inclusive Advertisements through accessible Career Pages, digital & mass media
  • Assessment of the applicants through accessible online testing & specialized interviews to reasonably accommodate them.
  • Disability orientations for perspective mangers and assigned buddies.
  • Mentorship sessions with open mind trainees
  • Creation of regular job slots across the organization suitable to the skills set, qualification and abilities 

Pioneering into Mainstreaming – Open Mind Pakistan

By building strategic partnerships, raising awareness through advocacy, trainings and volunteerism, ensuring building accessibility and enabling inclusion in the work force, Telenor is opening new avenues for people with disabilities as per ILO conventions. Batch V of OMP commenced in Jan 2018. 14 Persons with Disabilities were on boarded as trainees to go through comprehensive on job training.

Telenor Pakistan takes pride in the fact that it is not only one of the first employers in the country to take up Disability is a priority agenda, but also among the first to implement a program translating ambitions into concrete outcomes.

Being an equal opportunity employer, Telenor Pakistan has focused on mainstreaming Disability by forging strategic partnerships, raising awareness through advocacy, trainings and volunteerism, ensuring building accessibility and enabling inclusion in the work force. Telenor Pakistan is among the first companies to encourage employment opportunities for PWDs and facilitate process through accessible technologies.

In 2013 Telenor Pakistan proudly announced the launch of Open Mind Pakistan (a localized adaptation of similar program in Telenor Norge) a special trainee program for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), making it the first BU outside Scandinavia to strategically take up the Initiative. In the absence of any precedence or governing framework in the country, the program is widely acclaimed and termed as an exemplary success story that can be adopted and replicated in public and private sectors to any scale.

 

Ambition

Open mind is to broaden the perception of diversity within and outside the organization and under the umbrella of diversity. To continue showcasing the inclusion model as a best practice for wider adoption within likeminded organizations in public and private sector and pioneer the job market in inclusion. We aim to operationalize the program as an integral annual feature of Telenor Pakistan’s culture and recruitment and work on finding possibilities of long term placements within and outside the organization

 Open Mind Pakistan Graduation Ceremony 2014- Batch 1

 

  

 Open mind Pakistan Graduation ceremony 2015- Batch 2

 

Open mind Pakistan Graduation ceremony 2016- Batch 3

 

 

 

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