In six months, after a successful pilot in the Korail slum, we helped students who were barely familiar with computers to transform into IT freelancers, earning an average of $100 USD per month. Following up on that success, on October 9th UNDP Bangladesh launched the Youth Employment through Skills (YES) campaign. Today, we are raising money to build our first pilot classroom. If successful, we will expand this programme to 100,000 students across Bangladesh.
Despite the huge gains that Bangladesh has made addressing poverty, almost 1/3 of the population, or 45 million, still live below the poverty line. Not only that, but, approximately 41% of Bangladeshi youth are NEET: Not Employed, in Education, or in Training. This means that there is a huge demand for jobs and an even greater need for skills. UNDP Bangladesh, in partnership with CodersTrust, has developed the YES programme, which will bridge these challenges through an innovative model that tackles both issues at once.
First, young Bangladeshis will train under an experienced instructor to learn basic Information Technology (IT) skills for 6 months. This will include understanding the basic functions of a computer, learning basic IT skills such as data-entry and Microsoft Excel, and becoming confident and knowledgeable in marketing themselves online. Every week, online freelancing portals such as Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr are advertising thousands of IT jobs. Young Bangladeshis could, after gaining basic IT skills and especially as they progress in their IT skills mastering, apply for such IT jobs. Students of the YES programme will learn relevant skills for today’s fast paced world that will enable them to earn a decent income.
Our goal is to raise USD 40,000 to deploy the first mobile classroom that can train and provide full support to 360 students over a period of one year. It will be equipped with all of the necessary learning tools including desks, chairs, laptops, projectors, connection to the power grid, and internet access. We plan on reaching 100,000 Bangladeshi youth over the next 3 years!
Late last year, the Global Crowdfunding Academy was launched. The Academy was a partnership between the UNDP Croatia, Brodoto, UNDP Innovation Facility, and the UN Istanbul Regional Hub. After several successful campaigns from different country offices, UNDP Bangladesh is contributing to this crowdfunding effort by launching the largest campaign to date. We will attempt to demonstrate that crowdfunding for development work is possible on a larger scale, while at the same time, using the publicity from the campaign to generate wider interest and support for scaling up the programme.
2. Contribute to our campaign. Any contribution will go directly to helping us build our first mobile classroom and change the lives of young, ambitious students throughout Bangladesh. Supporters will be eligible for some amazing perks!
Within Bangladesh: http://bit.ly/projektyes
Outside of Bangladesh: www.igg.me/at/YESBangladesh