The information was disclosed at the unveiling of Brac’s Annual Report 2017, at the Brac head office in Mohakhali, Dhaka on Thursday
International development organization Brac has said that 33,980 people in 46 districts across Bangladesh were provided with training, job support, and decent work interventions in 2017.
The information was disclosed at the unveiling of Brac’s Annual Report 2017, at the Brac head office in Mohakhali, Dhaka on Thursday.
Asif Saleh, senior director of Strategy, Communication, and Empowerment of Brac and Brac International, said: “We provided skills training and employment assistance to nearly 34,000 youths in 2017. Furthermore, over 3.8 million children and teenagers enrolled in the 44,000 schools and centres of Brac across the country last year alone.”
“Every year, 2.2 million youths enter the job market, but 41% of them are not equipped with the necessary education and skill training to obtain decent jobs. To address this gap in skill and education, Brac has set a target to train 400,000 job entrants by 2020,” he added, referring to data from World Bank.
According to Brac’s annual report, the organization set its focus on eight areas in its five-year strategic action plan for 2016-2020. These include eliminating extreme poverty, expanding the financial choices of people living in poverty, employable skills for decent work, climate change and emergency response, gender equality, universal access to healthcare, nutrition, water and sanitation, pro-poor urban development and investing in the next generation.
Brac Executive Director Dr Muhammad Musa said: “Brac has been playing an important role in supporting the government’s efforts to achieve the SDGs. The organization has been working to eliminate extreme poverty through its Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) program since 2002.”
“In 2017, more than 75,000 households emerged from extreme poverty with help from Brac’s poverty eradication program,” he added.
Dr Muhammad Musa further said that Brac provided humanitarian assistance to over 600,000 Rohingya refugees in 2017, and the program was still running.
“Brac has over 35 years of experience working with the local community in Cox’s Bazar, and we launched the largest civil society response for the new influx of Rohingyas. We were on the ground from the start, with a multi-sector response which included over 2,500 frontline staff, including 1,115 members from the host community and over 1,000 volunteers from the Rohingya community.”
He added that he was unconcerned about financial support being withdrawn from Bangladesh due to its impending graduation from LDC status. “The government can carry on with social development activities with the assistance of NGOs.”
Meanwhile, Brac founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed said: “Challenges persist in both the education and skills sectors. Approximately 20% of primary school students in Bangladesh drop out before completing class Five. We need to ensure that all children complete their primary schooling and go on to secondary school.
Additional efforts are required to empower girls to believe that they are capable of doing everything boys can.”
“Globalisation and technology are reshaping the lives of young people worldwide. 85% of jobs that today’s learners will be doing in 2030 do not exist now. There is an urgent need to redesign curricula for secondary, vocational and higher education to develop skills and competences that will meet the needs of the future,” he added.