Japan gives $ 83,289 for Banshkhali vocational training centre

DHAKA, Mar 23, 2017 (BSS) - The Japanese government has offered grants of US$ 83,289 to Khan Bahadur Foundation through Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) to construct a vocational training centre in Banshkhali.

A contract was signed in this regard between Masato Watanabe, ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, chief executive of Khan Bahadur Foundation, at Japanese embassy on Tuesday, said a release.

The foundation was awarded the grant for its project to construct a vocational training centre named Banshkhali Polytechnic Institute (BPI) in Banshkhali Upazila of Chittagong district.

Bangladesh has a large number of unskilled workers of whom only 4 percent avails of the opportunities to receive vocational training.

Therefore, the need for quality vocational training facility is very much in demand. In line with this demand, the government of Japan has come forward to support Khan Bahadur Foundation, according to the press release.

Poor and unskilled youths of the region are expected to be directly benefited from this project by receiving modern vocational training free of cost.

BPI will cover trades relating to ship building industry, which will enable trainees to get job offers since there is a scarcity of trained human resources in this sector.

It is expected that at least 400 participants per year will receive quality training on welding and fabrication and electrical and navigation trades from this facility.

Japan has supported 187 projects of NGOs through the Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) since 1989 with a view to enhancing economic and social human security at the grass-roots level.

The total sum of these GGHSP grants extended to NGOs in Bangladesh to date amounts approximately to US$ 14.53 million, the release said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)