UNDP and British Council join hands to Empower Bangladeshi Youth

Futurenation Initiative: UNDP Bangladesh and British Council Foster Youth Upskilling Through English Language Training

June 19, 2023

Representatives from UNDP Bangladesh and British Council come together to sign a landmark agreement, forging a path towards empowering youth through enhanced English language skills.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh and the British Council signed a deal on 19 June 2023 at the UNDP Dhaka office to address the growing importance of English language proficiency in today's interconnected world.

Recognising the significance of English skills in enabling youth to compete in the local and global job market, this collaboration aims to offer online self-study courses through Futurenation, focusing on workforce development and youth upskilling.

Futurenation is a unique alliance formed by UNDP Bangladesh, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) & Grameenphone, working towards accelerating the Nation's future economic growth.

English has emerged as the global language of communication, even for non-native speakers, making proficiency in the language essential for accessing employment opportunities and entrepreneurial scopes with confidence. Leveraging the British Council's unparalleled expertise in delivering English language education for over 80 years, this partnership aims to equip the youth of Bangladesh with the necessary language skills to navigate the dynamic employment landscape.

Senior management from UNDP Bangladesh and British Council unite in a powerful alliance, poised to drive youth empowerment and economic growth through enhanced English language proficiency.

Through this joint initiative, UNDP Bangladesh and the British Council will establish a framework to facilitate global citizenship education, co-design initiatives, and provide skills and training programs for the youth. By combining their strengths, expertise, and resources, the two organisations seek to magnify their impact and accelerate progress toward shared objectives.

Stefan Liller, the Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, "This collaboration between the British Council and UNDP marks a significant milestone in our shared mission to promote education, culture, and sustainable development. By joining forces, we synergise our strengths, expertise, and resources, magnifying our impact and accelerating progress toward our shared objectives."

One of the primary focuses of this partnership is to jointly develop training courses on business English, enhancing the employability of the youth and creating economic opportunities for all. Additionally, the initiative will prioritise climate action and youth, business and human rights from the youth perspective, and joint campaigns for creating social impact.

Tom Miscioscia, the Director of the British Council in Bangladesh, said, ‘’We are excited to collaborate with UNDP on the Futurenation programme. Together, we will harness the transformative power of education and boost young people’s English language skills across Bangladesh to enhance their entrepreneurship and employment prospects. The British Council is committed to supporting Bangladesh’s next generation by building their skills, confidence, and connections through life-changing opportunities in English, education, and the arts.”

The collaboration between UNDP and the British Council will open numerous opportunities for information sharing and consultation on matters of common interest. Together, they aim to ensure inclusive and quality education, leaving no one behind in the pursuit of sustainable economic well-being.

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