Girls education and skills partnership project held in Coxs Bazar

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Bangladeshs prime tourist destinations, has attracted visitors since ancient times due to its natural beauty. The region, known for its longest beach, hills, waterfalls, and scenic beauty, faces numerous challenges such as gender-based violence and discrimination, early marriage, limited access to quality education, and a lack of proper training for employable skills. These issues perpetuate the cycle of poverty and inequality, primarily affecting adolescent girls and young women in the area.

To address these barriers, JAAGO Foundation Trust has designed the “Shopner Sharothi – Girls Education and Skills Partnership (GESP)” project, with funding from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and support from Generation Unlimited, UNICEF. The project emphasizes eliminating gender-based discrimination and focuses on empowering women. The orientation session for this project was held on June 27, 2024, at the Long Beach Hotel in Coxs Bazar.

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The GESP project aims to train 1,700 adolescent girls and young women in Coxs Bazar in technical and vocational skills based on local industry demands, including the food and beverage industry, computer operational skills, retail sales and other transferable soft skills. Additionally, 3,000 young women will gain 21st-century soft skills through the “Passport 2 Earning” (P2E) platform.

All esteemed guests provided valuable insights, significantly contributing to the successful achievement of the sessions objectives. Mr. Tapan Kumar Ghosh, Principal of Coxs Bazar Government Technical School and College, emphasized the need to ensure inclusive participation and alignment with the project to benefit all disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women. He expressed gratitude to JAAGO Foundation Trust and UNICEF for their commendable efforts in developing Coxs Bazars girls.
Marianne Oehlers, Program Manager of UNICEF Bangladesh, introduced the GESP project, stating, “The project will provide skill training to adolescent girls and young women based on local industry demands. It will also offer job-ready skills training through the free, accessible online platform Passport to Earning to young people.”

Despite government limitations and challenges, the GESP project aims to implement skill development activities for NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) youth aged 15-24, ensuring broad support for the projects targets.

Speakers at the event highlighted the projects timeliness and its critical role in alleviating poverty and inequality. The Shopner Sharothi project will assist adolescent girls and young women in becoming self-reliant, improving their social and economic status.

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