The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) facilitated a program focusing on the Image-Building Mechanism and Strategies in TVET in Bangladesh at the Technical Teachers' Training College (TTTC) in Dhaka from November 19-23, 2017. The program, which is in partnership with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), was attended by 45 TVET administrators from all over the country.
CPSC, with its mission of assisting the capacity building of the TVET institutions provided this training program for the TVET stakeholders in Bangladesh to further develop and enhance their capability to face the continued challenges in their indigenous human development. The aim was to make youth to pursue TVET as a preferred path for their career and get more employment opportunities in future.
Themes discussed in the program include: (1) Status, strategies and mechanisms in popularizing TVET, (2) Experiences and possible avenues for image building in Bangladesh, (3) Enhancing TVET Image through APAAC Accreditation & ICT, (4) Gender Mainstreaming in TVET, (5) Enhancing Employability of Youth for Global Citizenship and (6) Improving Inclusiveness through Access, Equity and Employability in TVET.
The program was supervised by Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General and Mr. Ashoke Kumar Biswas, the Additional Secretary of the Technical and Madrasha Education Division, Ministry of Education and also the Director General of the Directorate of Technical Education. Program coordination was facilitated by Dr. H. Chithral Ambawatte, CPSC Governing-Board Engaged Faculty Consultant and Mr. Md. Wahidul Islam Joint Secretary & Director (PIW) Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
The program was opened on November 19, 2017 by several high officials and guests from the TVET and Higher Education sector of Bangladesh. During the opening program, Mr. Md. Wahidul Islam from DTE delivered a welcome speech that highlighted the fruitful cooperation of the country and CPSC in capitalizing on efforts to enhance TVET delivery.
Mr. A.K.M. Zakir Hossain Bhuiyan, the Additional Secretary of the Technical and Madrasha Education Division of the Ministry of Education, was invited as the chief guest during the inauguration. In his speech, he affirmed the strong ties of CPSC and Bangladesh and wished for the organization's continued success in facing the realities of TVET. In addition, Mr. Monjurul Kader, the Joint Secretary & Director of DTE, highlighted the significance of the event to the country's TVET systems.
Local expertise was delivered through the efforts of Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, a former CPSC Faculty Specialist and the current Associate Professor of the Technical Teachers' Training College (TTTC).
In addition, Prof. Salma Akhter, Honorary Professor for Institute of Education & Research (IER) in the University of Dhaka and Dr. Md. Nurul Islam, Director of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), also provided their inputs in the local context as the local Resource Persons.
To supplement the lessons generated by program, CPSC also organized a National Seminar with the theme “Initiatives and Practices in Building TVET Image in Bangladesh” at the same venue on November 22, 2017, which was attended by 85 participants. The said seminar elucidated different strategies and approaches towards image building of TVET systems.
Key speakers during the seminar were: Prof. Yusuf Mahbubul Islam, Vice Chancellor of Daffodil International University; Ms. Tahsinah Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program (UCEP) Bangladesh and Dr. H. Chithral Ambawatte. The three speakers shared their insights and expertise on various aspects of Building TVET Image in Bangladesh, APACC Accreditation, Sustainable Development Goals and Public-Private Partnership in Sustainable Development and Strengthening TVET through ICT.