PFDA-VTC commemorates five years of operation at Beyond Boundaries: Journey of PFDA Vocational Training Centre
PFDA-Vocational Training Center, a specialized centre for training people with neurological disabilities, celebrated its fifth anniversary on October 26 in a program held at the National Theatre in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of Social Welfare, was the chief guest at the event.
Special guests included Kazi Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Investment Promotion Authority (BIDA), Borul Amin, Secretary of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Imran Karim, Vice Chairman, Viswanathan Confederation were also present. Additionally, notable figures such as Bangladeshi cricketer Mohammad Ashraful, Sumon Ali of Bangladesh Band Music Association and Kishore Kumar Singh, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO were also present.
At the anniversary event, titled ‘Beyond Boundaries: Journey of PFDA Vocational Training Centre’, the students of the Vocational Training Centre were given a ceremonial reception by Kishore Kumar Singh,Chief Technical Advisor, ILO. A number of institutions providing employment opportunities for those with neurological disabilities were honoured and tokens of appreciation were presented to noteworthy figures.
The Karishma Cultural Group was formally inaugurated. Convened and managed by the PFDA Vocational Training Centre, Karishma is the first cultural group consisting of persons with neurological disabilities. After the inauguration, the founder and chairman of the center Sajida Rahman Danny gave a presentation on the activities of the organization and highlighted the Curriculum Unit Measurement Operating Software.
The celebration came to an end with a performance by members of the Karishma Cultural Group that showcased the themes of rural Bangladesh, the language movement and the liberation war.
PFDA-Vocational Training Center began its journey in October 2014 as the nation’s first technical training center that caters to the needs of people with autism and other neurological disabilities. It has been working to create realistic and dignified livelihood opportunities for the people with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, intellectual disability and other neuro-developmental disabilities, and it is also working to equip these individuals with necessary technical education and professional skills.