Govt focuses on empowering youths thru skills dev

Staff Correspondent

27 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government is focusing on skills development of the youths to make them self-reliant ahead of the fourth industrial revolution.

The government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has trained some 3.03 million youths in different trades in last 10 years to attain the goal and some 0.72 million youths have become self-reliant, according to Department of Youth Development under the ministry of youth and sports.

Bangladesh Awami League in its electoral manifesto pledged sustainable development of youths with the tagline of ‘Tarunner Shokti, Bangladesher Somriddhi’, which highlights the aim of harnessing the strength of the youths for the continued prosperity of the country along with ensuring their own overall development.

The starting point of the pledge was to fully implement the National Youth Policy 2017 through the formulation of a well-thought-out ‘Plan of Action’. Of the self-reliant youths, 0.25 million received micro-finance from financial institutes till June this year, shows a document of the Department of Youth.

MoYS additional secretary Anwarul Islam Sarker said the government is implementing 100 strategic plans for promoting youths empowerment.

“Following electoral pledges of the government, the ministry has taken Youth Index, Youth Policy and different action plans for leveraging potentiality of youths for national development,” Sarker told the Daily Sun. 

Over the last 10 years, the government has trained 227,000 youths of which 225,000 got employment temporarily. The ministry has been working together with youth organizations to inspire the young generations to involve in entrepreneurship rather than searching for jobs.  Appreciating the government initiative, youth organizer Sohanur Rahman said the government should focus on the participation of youths in every sector though the authorities concerned have achieved significant progress in term investment and commitment for youth development in last ten years.

“The corona pandemic has changed the landscape of youth activities. To overcome the challenges, the government should develop strategies through knowledge sharing. Besides, the ministry should concentrate on increasing youth participation in policy level,” Sohanur Rahman, coordinator at Youthnet for Climate Justice, told the Daily Sun.

Besides, the ministry has planned to set up ‘Youth Development and Amusement Centres’ at the Upazila level to reach more young people with modern skills set.

To inspire the youths in social activities and self-employment, the department also awarded 200 youths during this time. Marking the MujibBorsho, Karmasangsthan bank introduced Bangabandhu Jubo Rin (Bangabandhu Youth Credit), a loan program for the trained unemployed youth to observe the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Under this programme, massive initiatives have been taken to create employment opportunities by disbursing loans among 200,000 trained unemployed youths.