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4.4 million youths face unemployment in Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:55 pm September 25th, 2018
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The World Vision Bangladesh research was included in its “Youth Employment Sub-Sectors Assessment” unveiled at a program in Dhaka, on TuesdayDhaka Tribune

World Vision says 72% of the youth population of Bangladesh are interested in receiving vocational training to help them gain employment

One in ten of the country’s 44 million-strong youth population faces unemployment, new research by World Vision Bangladesh has claimed.

The organization says barriers to employment include a lack of skills and opportunities, as well as favouritism, social stigma, and a poor quality of training and certificate accreditation.

However, despite this bleak outlook World Vision says 72% of the youth population of Bangladesh are interested in receiving vocational training to help them gain employment.

The research was included in its “Youth Employment Sub-Sectors Assessment” unveiled at a program in Gulshan, Dhaka, on Tuesday presided over by Chandan Z Gomes, the director of the Technical Program Quality Assurance Department at World vision.

To address the youth employment challenges, the organization says it has provided opportunities for young people to transform themselves into human resources and implemented a livelihood employment program.

For making a youth favourable employment sector, World Vision Bangladesh recommends the inclusion of business management and career development as common competency in the training courses, and follow-up training by wage employment opportunity. 

In the case of self-employment, there should be easy access to finance, and guarantees for training quality and certification. 

The organization also found that in rural areas, education affects women's mobility in more significant and positive ways than their level of income.

The study revealed that the overall scope of decision-making and control inside a household for rural women does not change drastically when comparing women living below the poverty line with women living slightly above the poverty line.

However, in urban areas, a higher level of education had a positive impact on men's perception of women's roles.

World Vision Bangladesh also conducted a reading assessment of 1,319 grade III students in 51 government primary schools across the country. 

It found only 46% of children can read with comprehension, whereas globally the recognized threshold of reading with comprehension is 80%. Hence, anything lower is considered a trigger for action (50-80% as moderate risk and under 50% as critical risk).