DHAKA, Jan 6, 2017 (BSS) - Training of the first batch of teachers and officials in technical education sector in Bangladesh began at Guangzhou in China today.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid inaugurated the 10-day training at Guangzhou Industry and Trade Technician College in the morning, said an official release here.
Guangzhou Municipality Vice Mayor Li Ming, Bangladesh Technical and Madrasa Education Division Additional Secretary and Directorate of Technical Education Director General Ashok Kumar Biswas, Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) Director M Emran, National Skills Development Council (NSDC) Chief Executive Officer ABM Khorshed Alam, STEP Deputy Director Joydev Chandra Saha and Engineer M Nuruzzaman were present on the occasion.
China will train 581 teachers and officials of technical education sector Bangladesh in phases under a partnership agreement signed last November between Guangzhou Industry and Trade Technician College, China and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Technical and Madrasa Education Division, Ministry of Education (MoE), Bangladesh for Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) on Teachers' Skills Enhancement Training.
With the help of World Bank, Canada and Bangladesh Government, the ministry of education has been implementing STEP since 2010 for the development of Bangladesh's technical and vocational education teaching (TVET) sector.
The main objective of the project is to improve the quality and relevance of technical education through encouraging innovation within institutes and by enhancing the technical and institutional capacity of the TVET sector.
Addressing the function, Nurul Islam Nahid said the present government is committed to boosting technical education in the country.
He said when the present government took power, the enrollment rate of students in technical education was very low which has been increasing rapidly for the last few years and now it stands at around 14 percent.
"The country has achieved this tremendous growth due mainly to various initiatives taken by the present people-oriented democratic government," he said, adding that the government's target is to take the enrolment rate to 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2040 as "technically-sound manpower is vital in achieving economic growth."
"We are trying our best to achieve double digit GDP (gross domestic product) growth. And for that, we know, we need skilled manpower," the education minister said.
The minister expressed the hope that this training will ensure overall development and management of a modern technical education in Bangladesh covering organizational excellence, culture and governance, curriculum development and academic management.
"I hope that under this three-year agreement, selected training institutions will be enriched by ensuring skills development of trainers," he added.
"China is our tested friend. China and its people always remain with Bangladesh and its people. China is also one of the biggest donors in infrastructure development in Bangladesh," the minister said.
He said Bangladesh always appreciates the long-term support of China for its economic and social development and for the friendship bridges built by China to promote connectivity.
The education minister urged the participants to disseminate their earned experience among teachers and students of Bangladesh so that the country could be benefitted.