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For a technology literate nation

  • Published at 12:05 am August 1st, 2019
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It is good to know that the government is working towards opening schools dedicated to IT-training

There is no denying that Bangladesh is going digital in every way -- the proliferation of the internet and mobile banking have impacted the life of each and every citizen, whether in our urban areas or in remote areas of the country.

However, the truth is that the majority of the nation is still largely tech illiterate, and lack sufficient education to take advantage of the benefits of information technology.

That is why it is good to know that the government is working towards opening schools dedicated to IT-training. Emulating the education system in Finland, the paragon when it comes to tech literacy, the government plans to open 34,000 IT-based high schools throughout the nation.

The development of our nation’s digital infrastructure so far has been impressive, and it already helped attract foreign investment. Now, by making sure that future generations are as ready as ever when it comes to the adoption of newer technologies through education and training, the possibilities seem endless.

The world is changing, and all industries, from RMG to non-leather footwear, are now heavily reliant on cutting edge software and other computerized methods -- our workforce, then, needs to become skilled enough in tech matters to stay competitive.

While there are already a number of computer literacy programs being conducted by third parties and NGOs, what the movement has lacked thus far is a strong push from the government itself.

To that end, this ambitious initiative to establish IT school across the country is certainly a step in the right direction.