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Brac empowers disadvantaged young women in coastal areas with US embassy support

School dropouts provided with hands-on training under Brac's Skills Training for Advancing Resources model

Update : 02 Apr 2024, 01:56 PM

Brac's Skill Development Program (SDP) has created employment opportunities for 1,200 young women who were previously disadvantaged and lagging, in coastal areas vulnerable to climate change.

School dropouts are provided with hands-on training under Brac's Skills Training for Advancing Resources (STAR) model as apprentices under local businessmen in the Ustad-Saagred system, which is believed to be more effective than traditional on-the-job training.

This training has been provided to young women in coastal areas from January 2023 to March of this year under the “Alternative Learning Pathway for School Dropout Girls in Climate Vulnerable Regions of Bangladesh” project, implemented by SDP in collaboration with the US embassy.

On this occasion, a program titled “Bridge to Success: Alternative Learning Pathways Project Learning and Knowledge Dissemination” was organized on Monday, at Brac Centre in Mohakhali, Dhaka.

The director of public engagement at the US embassy, Sharlina Hussain-Morgan, said: "While this training programme may have concluded for now, it is not the end, it is the beginning. Our aim is to witness a substantial influx of female entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, who will make significant contributions to the nation's economy.”

Associate Director of Brac SDP Tasmiah Tabassum Rahman underscored the accomplishments of the SDP and Star Model initiatives during the program, noting that over 71% of the young women who underwent training have secured employment and of this percentage, 11% of participants were persons with disabilities.

Director of Education, SDP and Migration Safi Rahman Khan emphasised the significant endeavours underway within the program, particularly regarding the marketplace. Enhancing inclusivity within this market, especially to bolster the participation of women and individuals with disabilities, remains a vital focus.

Some of the young women who received training through this project shared their experiences and achievements.

The guests inaugurated the day-long Eid Fair, held at the Brac Central Plaza, where various products made by the trained youth from Brac were displayed. 

The fair included various events such as clothes, jute products, bamboo and rattan products, furniture, pottery, beauty salon services, mobile phone servicing, etc. 

Also, there were bioscopes and fascinating magic shows.

Since its inception in 2012, the STAR program has provided training to over 120,000 youth. Among them, approximately 64% are female, and 10% are persons with disabilities.

Alongside Brac, partners in this initiative include the Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE), Unicef and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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