Dhaka – Youth skill development in Bangladesh has been recognized by the United Nations Children’s Fund as the UN agency conferred its prestigious award to the head of the government of the South Asian country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday received the “Champion of Skill-Development for Young People” award at a ceremony in New York for her county’s success in improvement of the youth forces.
Hasina dedicated the award, given at a ceremony at Labouisse Hall of UNICEF House in the UN Plaza, to the Bangladeshi youths and children around the world to give them a further encouragement.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore handed the award to Hasina in presence of numerous audience at the hall where Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Bangladesh National Cricket Captain Shakib Al Hasan spoke.
The prime minister thanked the UNICEF for the recognition and said the people of Bangladesh, especially the children of the country, and also in the world deserve this recognition.
“This honour is not for my alone, it belongs to Bangladesh, because the people of Bangladesh have elected me through votes. That’s why I got an opportunity to serve them,” she told the crowd.
She also called upon expatriates Bangladeshis to extend hands for development of respective schools of the country where they studied.
Millions of young people with their skills are continuously making difference in our life and livelihood, she said adding Bangladeshi youths played a courageous role in all critical junctures of the nation.
Referring to the role of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina, also Mujib’s daughter, said he had realized that progress was not possible without the using their potentials.
Hasina said her government designs development plans based on the principles of leaving no one behind. “The Ministry of Youths and Sports has undertaken a project to transform the unemployed and unskilled youths into human resources,” she said.
The UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore praised Bangladesh’s tremendous development in different sectors and thanked Hasina for framing and implementation of fitting National Skill Development Policy and implementing it.
The UNICEF executive director also praised Bangladesh for sheltering more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims, more than half of whom are children.