The Future We Want: Sylhet Chapter
JAAGO Foundation in collaboration with International Labour Organization and UNICEF under Generation Unlimited organized a dialogue “THE FUTURE WE WANT- Promoting Youth in Civic Engagement, Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship” at Hotel Star Pacific of Sylhet on December 20.
This program facilitated dialogues, activities and group discussions for preparing young people with knowledge, skills and establish networks to build youth as leaders for the future since almost 50% population is aged between 15-24 years and it will be around 70% within 2030 in Bangladesh.
Around 80 youth participated in the seminar from diverse background. The participants of this dialogue were students enrolled in vocational training, youth engaged in informal employment, school dropouts, university students, and youth entrepreneurs.
Participants in this session learnt about the current patterns of young people’s thought process and its links to economy and youth.
Tony Michael Gomes, Technical Program Director of World Vision attending the program and facilitated the sessions on what youth want where he discussed major challenges of youth in getting jobs, what computers can do in next 10 years, and how to reach the future we want. He also led a group discussion and gave the participants a set of questions to bring out the current situation regarding employment.
Khadija Khondker from International Labour Organisation (ILO) talked about ILO’s contribution of 100 years in the World of work promoting social justice. She shared the recommendations of the Global Commission’s report on Future of Work which needs to be human centered agenda strengthening the social contracts focusing on increasing people’s capabilities, in strengthening of institutions of work and in decent and sustainable work. Ms. Khondker has also shared the goal and target of UNICEF and ILO’s Global partnership on Generation Unlimited, which aims to enable the largest generation of 1.8 billion young people to become productive and engaged members of society.
Also at the seminar Sourav Saha from JAAGO Foundation took a session on basic life skills – Art of Presentation and discussed basic communication tools to the participants. Among others , Engr. S.K Baruafrom Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Sylhet Region, Sabiha Sultana from Sylhet Jubo Academy (SJA), Mike Sherriff from Khasdobir, Sharnalata Roy from Sylhet Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries were present in the session.From JAAGO Foundation, Kh. Mahabub-E-Hasib Shahrier, Md. Raisul Hossain Rakib and Samir Kumar Paul were there as a part of the organizing team.
Note this dialogue session aimed to achieve the answers to the questions like how do young people desire to see their future in terms of their civic engagement and occupational choice. What are the pathways and barriers to achieve these? How did achievers do these? How to stimulate environment to encourage young people achieve their desired future?
The program ended in a group work and shared in a plenary where participants discussed issues among them, with the guests and speakers.