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280 poor youths get skill development training in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Aug 10, 2017 (BSS) - Skill development training on various trades is being given to more than 280 youths of different slum areas in the city for transforming them into competent human resources.

The initiative has been taken to capacity building and entrepreneurs' development among the slum population to bring them out from vicious cycle of poverty.

Some of the trades are: motor service and mechanics, mobile phone
servicing, consumer electronics, tailoring and dress-making, electrical house wearing and beautician.

Regional office of UCEP Bangladesh is providing the skill and local SME training under the Urban Management of Internal Migration due to Climate Change (UMIMCC) project.

This was revealed in a closing and certificate-giving ceremony of a course at UCEP Tikapara City Corporation School in the city yesterday afternoon.

Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Musaddique Hossain Bulbul
attended the ceremony as chief guest and distributed certificates among 200 participants.

With UCEP Regional Manager Gopal Chandra Mazumder in the chair, Deputy Director of Department of Social Service Rubina Yeasmin, Chief Executive Officer of UCEP Bangladesh Tahsina Ahmed and Chief Programme Officer Habibur Rahman and Executive Engineer of RCC Nur Islam also addressed the session.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Bulbul mentioned that the rural poor people with their recurrent disaster exposures are migrating into urban areas. These new comers face a high employment crisis in city and with very poor-quality housing and other well-being further tapping them into a deeper
urban poverty cycle.

Climate change is becoming a threat to the urban environment and
development and livelihood as well the uncertainty. The urban poverty is highly linked with rural disaster risks.

The urbanisation situation, particularly the housing in the city is
getting more acute with every passing year.

The Mayor, however, said UMIMCC project will contribute towards
development of socio-economic condition of the ultra-poor and paupers who have been displaced from their homesteads and taken shelter in the city's slum areas by the adverse impact of climate change.