Microsoft has partnered with Young Bangla, a leading youth network of Bangladesh, for providing basic computer training to around 50,000 students in different educational institutions across Bangladesh.
Young Bangla has involved 2100 educational institutions and started selecting 25 students from each institution for the training programme titled as 'Microsoft Digital Literacy' programme, reports BSS.
"We have already trained nearly 21,000 students from 840 educational institutions in March and June," said Tonmoy Ahmed, associate coordinator at Young Bangla secretariat Centre for Research and Information (CRI).
He said by next year the reaming students from different schools and colleges would also receive similar training.
Trainers who are volunteering for Young Bangla have been assigned at the selected schools and colleges across the country to train students with the assistance from Microsoft.
The training scheme aims to provide students with basic computer training along with a brief view on troubleshooting of operating system and hardware.
"Given that ICT is the future in creating self-employment opportunities, we look forward to taking the light of ICT among grassroots students," said Microsoft Bangladesh’s Managing Director Sonia Bashir Kabir.
She said Microsoft would also like to contribute for making Bangladesh a technologically advanced country.
The students have welcomed this initiative and showed their keen interest over this scheme, saying that it helped them greatly in getting basic knowledge in computer operation.
Samiul Islam, a class- IIX student of Polashbari SM Pilot Model High School said: "Until I attended the training programme, operating a computer was a challenge to me.
“This training, however, made me confident of operating a computer like any other tools," she added.
Teachers from different schools and colleges are emphasising on the necessity of providing similar training for more students as well teachers due to the insufficiency of qualified Information Technology (IT) teachers.
"Assessment of training module and the quality of the trainers indicate such a scheme would really take the students forward in imparting knowledge on IT based learning" said Md Edris Ali, the principal of Asaduzzaman Girls High School in Gaibandha.
The training programme would be followed by another initiative which aims to generate 20,000 skilled freelancers among students by 2018, so that they can be self-employed.