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DTE plans campaign to promote technical education

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) is going to start a year-round campaign under Skills-21 project to boost popularity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. 

The campaign strategy was developed with the assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the implementer of the Skills 21 project funded by the European Union.

An orientation workshop on implementing this campaign strategy was held in the capital on Saturday. Principals, chief instructors and officials of various technical education and training institutes took part in the event. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the workshop, Technical and Madrasah Education Division Secretary Md Aminul Islam Khan said generating young people’s interest in technical education is an important task at this moment.”

“We want mainstream students to be attracted to technical education and help build a skilled manpower in Bangladesh,” he added. 

It was informed at the workshop that the pilot programme is going to start at Sylhet Technical School and College in the first week of October as part of a detailed work plan across the country.

Afterwards the campaign will start at Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute, Kaptai, Rangamati and Gaibandha technical training centers.

Field-level information and recommendations will be scrutinised to finalise the strategy for the year-long campaign. Based on the experience gained after organising the first part of the programme in three institutes in Sylhet, Rangamati and Gaibandha, the next part of the programme will be organised in four more partner TVET institutes of the ‘Skills-21’ project.

Tuomo Poutiainen, Country Director of the ILO said, “Raising awareness about the system could only be effective when it reflects the stakeholders’ right messages, language, and communication channels.”

“The campaign aims to use specific media to convey particular messages to the audiences, such as skills training, job opportunities, and decent employment,” he said.

Maurizio Cian, head of Cooperation of the European Union, called for an effective awareness campaign to give young people a clear idea of technical education’s scope, effectiveness, context, and job opportunities.