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Brac, Department of Youth Development sign MoU to empower Bangladeshi youth

Brac and DYD will work together to motivate unemployed youth to explore inclusive skills training

Update : 03 Apr 2024, 02:17 PM

Brac Skills Development Program (SDP) and the Department of Youth Development (DYD), under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on youth empowerment initiatives in Bangladesh.

The MoU, formally signed on Sunday with Dr Gazi Md Saifuzzaman, director general (Additional Charge), DYD, and Safi Rahman Khan, director of education, SDP, represents a significant milestone in the efforts to address the challenges faced by the youth population and create pathways for their socio-economic advancement.

Under this partnership, Brac and the DYD will work together to motivate unemployed youth to explore inclusive skills training, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The partnership will also conduct a thorough assessment of the demand for online training programs and tailor curriculum and modules accordingly with a special focus on women, persons with disabilities, and marginalized communities.

Additionally, the partnership intends to promote climate-resilient agriculture training for youth and aims to facilitate international job placements for skilled workers and foster the development of youth leadership and organizational skills.

This collaboration seals the commitment of both organizations to empower the youth of Bangladesh and create a brighter future for the nation.

During the signing ceremony, DYD Director General Dr Gazi Md Saifuzzaman stressed the importance of leveraging Brac’s grassroots outreach capabilities to reach young people in communities across the country, ensuring that they have access to valuable opportunities for skills development and training.

Zafar Ahmed Khan, senior policy advisor at Brac, highlighted how interconnected education, skills development, and migration are in empowering youth.

He emphasized that by integrating these three aspects, young people can be equipped with the necessary tools to thrive in today’s global landscape.

Safi Rahman Khan, director of education, SDP and migration, pointed to the importance of vocational training and entrepreneurship programs for empowering youth and providing them with the necessary skills to thrive in the job market. 

Tasmiah Tabassum Rahman, associate director, SDP, emphasized Brac’s commitment to fostering a robust partnership with the government, especially with the DYD, to expand the array of soft skills and technical training opportunities available to young people. 

Senior officials of the DYD and Brac attended the signing ceremony among others.

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