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OP-ED: Stairway to a developed Bangladesh

Technologically proficient youth are crucial to the nation’s progress

Update : 05 Apr 2021, 03:25 AM

Recently, Bangladesh qualified to graduate into a developing nation from a Least Developed Country (LDC) upon receiving recommendation from the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP).

However, this status will come into effect from the year 2026, following a five-year period of transit from the country’s present status to the new one.

In order to keep improving like this and finally reach the prestigious status of being a developed country, we need to prepare our youth for the future.

Technologically, the world has advanced a lot and is still advancing rapidly, which is why our future leaders must be technologically adept, so that they can overcome the economic challenges ahead effectively and raise Bangladesh up from developing status as well.

If the youth are brought up appropriately with all the key learnings, and motivated to work for the betterment of their motherland, success is sure to come.

So, necessary initiatives must be implemented to make our youth sufficiently capable of swiftly leading a developing Bangladesh towards a developed one.

To make this happen, the government must continuously introduce students to new technologies and make them proficient at using those technologies.

Our country suffers greatly due to organizations being unable to find people with the technological knowhow necessary.

Entrepreneurs also face hiccups in their endeavours on account of not having basic computer skills. This slows down work greatly. Owing to the same issue, online education is not accessible by all students across the country. If organizations and our human resources were more capable, they could have worked a lot faster. As a result, they could attain more within the same timeframe and allow the nation to shine brighter.

An effective initiative to technologize our youth can be making technology-related learning compulsory for all students studying in universities, irrespective of their discipline, because technology has now been incorporated into every sector. Hence, being tech-savvy should be mandatory for youth of all backgrounds.

Additionally, efforts must be doubled to maximize the number of students in class 6 and above, students who can access digital devices, learning how to use them in the process.

With that, the set of information technology-related questions in BCS and other recruitment examinations of the government should not contain questions from textbooks only -- maximum questions should be based on latest versions of technologies which are typically used by a tech-savvy youth.

Otherwise, this initiative will not bring any fruit as IT-related books are usually updated once a year, while technology is updated every moment.

Another rule that should be applied is that students will have to separately pass this set, and the passing mark should be 60%.

It is essential for the government servants to also be tech-savvy so that the government can play their role in advancing the country digitally and more effectively.

The youth themselves should also responsibly update their tech knowledge even after they have entered their professional lives, so that they do not fall behind.

The journey of developing tech-savvy youth should not only be limited to teachings on how to use technology.

The young generation must be educated to never misuse their skills with technology.

Therefore, if the youth are developed with all the obligatory technological proficiency with ethics by applying such effective learning strategies, they will certainly elevate Bangladesh to the status of a developed country.

Nafis Ehsas Chowdhury is former Prefect at Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College.

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