Report on SDPA Bangladesh - Capacity Building of Champion Leaders Development Program

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Executive Summary

Skills are increasingly seen as critical to educational development, labor market inclusion and economic growth, making TVET one of the four priority areas in UNESCO’s education program. TVET reinforces the ability of youth and adults to cope with the changing labor market conditions and helps to reduce the vulnerability of fragile groups. TVET assists learners in acquiring skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to develop professional careers and enter the world of work as well as active citizenship and lifelong learning.

CPSC, as an inter-governmental organization for the development of TVET in the Asia and the Pacific Region, heeds this advocacy. Through this first In-country Program on Champion Trainers Program on Poverty Alleviation through TVET Skills Development, CPSC contributes to the raising of awareness necessary to put TVET skills into practice for mutual efforts for poverty alleviation. Since TVET Skills are the core of the poverty alleviation strategies, it shall become the platform for participants from the member country to contribute to enhance human resource development in TVET through their occupations and other areas of their lives.

As a pilot project under the CPSC-Government of India project on TVET Skills development for poverty alleviation, the in-country program on capacity building of champion leaders development held in Dhaka, Bangladesh is consistent with the aims of the 2008 Manila Declaration on Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation. This is centered on training future champion leaders on the grassroots level, empowering them with the initiative to address poverty and lack of skills development in their own community. The overall aim of the training program is to strengthen the capaciy of the champion leaders in formulating, planning, designing and implementing programs that can contribute to poverty alleviation in their respective countries through TVET skills.

At the end of the training program, the participants are expected to:

  • Appreciate the significance of TVET skills in the context of poverty alleviation;
  • Elucidate diverse approaches to employability through TVET skills and Generic skills development;
  • Integrate entrepreneurship programs in the modules as a part of the instruction in addressing poverty alleviation;
  • Formulate TVET skills development modular programs and strategies;
  • Develop action plan to implement poverty alleviation strategies tackle poverty alleviation through TVET skills.

Participated by the different representatives and members of the community, this program is the first step towards achieving the goal of the organization and the Indian government to address the poverty by recognizing the unique differences in terms of social disparity. It is therefore a step towards providing long- term solutions to finally empower the citizens through skills development for employability and greater labor market participation.

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