Second Category Prize 2015:
For projects by National NGOs.
|Prize Subject:||Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Selected winner from 6 projects).|
|Prize Amount:||US$ 150,000|
|Implemented by:||Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) http://www.ahsaniamission.org.bd/|
|Prize subject:||Innovative projects to alleviate unemployment among youth|
|Nominated By:||Commonwealth of Learning|
The Technical and Vocational Education and Training project is devoted to addressing the specific needs or particular issues of poverty alleviation and unemployment of disadvantaged young people. Its interventions are aimed to substantially improve the prospects and quality of life of youth including women, working children and disabled to succeed in life through wage employment and entrepreneurship. Today, there are 9 vocational training institutes that provide formal vocational training focused on wage employment and other learning opportunities such as non-formal skills development programmes aimed at increasing awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to occupations in various development sectors of economic and social life. All these training institutes are aimed at providing employment opportunities to unemployed youth through the provisions of vocational training combined with basic education as well as micro credit to facilitate creation of businesses. Other programmes have the added focus on efficient productive activities combined with acquisition of skills relevant to real life needs and encouraging self-employment and self-reliance. Many VTIs have been providing high quality technical and vocational education and training with a strong work-based learning element that facilitates transition to work and reduce unemployment.
Most of the graduates of vocational training institutes are employed in formal as well as in informal sector, or are self-employed as entrepreneurs. During the last two decades of project implementation some 61363 beneficiaries have completed their training, and 42837 were placed in viable and decent jobs in the formal sectors and receiving incomes considered to be acceptable. The 4-year programme trained 13,741 students; the majority of them are employed or have started their enterprises. The programme is also involved in building curricula while helping employers make better use of the skills available to them. Another example of project impact relates to the provision of basic education and trade-based training to the most vulnerable and distressed street children. During the period 2003-07, some 3500 children including 2300 were on wage employment in the formal sector and about 800 were self-employed. The project interventions in rural areas created more job opportunities in the non-farm sector and also resulted in increased productivity of farmers and farm workers. 100 per cent of housemaids have got good jobs after successful completion of their training.
Promotion of youth enterprises and entrepreneurship developed by the project has helped widening the scope of economic activities in both urban and rural areas for additional employment opportunities.