Unleashing ICTs to reduce youth unemployment


Md. Muntasir Kabir Rifat:

Youth unemployment is expected to be a major problem for Bangladesh over the next decade. In 2015 total youth unemployment in Bangladesh was 9.3%; in this current scenario, promotion of ICT Based entrepreneurship has become fundamental to reduce unemployment rate and social exclusion of young people, while stimulating job creation at the same time. To create Information, Communication and Technology based entrepreneurs in society, Youth School for Social Entrepreneurs (YSSE) arranged a day-long workshop titled ICT based Entrepreneurship for Youth on September 02, 2016 at Economy Lecture Gallery of Rajshahi University.  Local unit of Youth School for Social Entrepreneurs (YSSE) organized the workshop where about 230 students and teachers of the university attended. General Secretary of Rajshahi University Teachers Association Prof Dr Shah Azam Shantonu addressed the workshop as focal person while Divisional Coordinator of YSSE Hasibul Hassan narrated the aspects of generating more youth entrepreneurs. Lecturer of Department of Accounting and Information Management Suman Hossain, Chief Executive Officer of Creative ICT Institute Golam Mostofa, trainer of YSSE Debashis Bhattacharjee, Graphics Designer Ehtesam Biplob and Founder of Zero to Infinity Abdullah Al Mahmud also spoke there. Certificates have been awarded after discussion, exchange of experience at the daylong workshop. “Youths are the biggest strength of the Bangladesh government to face the challenges of 2021. All of which have been discovered so far in the world by young people”, said Prof Dr Shah Azam Shantonu.  Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf Hossain, founder of the organization said “YSSE is a registered youth organization in Bangladesh, creating successful social enterprises that impact the daily lives of people in Bangladesh and supporting those social ventures and individuals who create value for People, Planet and Profit using four components: Schooling, Mentoring, Funding and Monitoring. Moreover, we create social entrepreneurs who working constantly to reduce extreme poverty through offering courses for increasing the knowledge of entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.” Program focused the importance of ICT sector of social entrepreneurship so youths can relate their innovative thinking with modern world. Key-note speakers said that country is in need of young spirits those who can lead Bangladesh as well as the whole world with Technology.

The writer works in the Department of Communications, YSSE. He can be reached at muntasir.k.rifat@gmail.com