In the dynamic tapestry of a nation’s progress, the role of its youth cannot be understated. Bangladesh, rich in potential and grand in aspirations, stands at a pivotal juncture in its journey towards development. In Bangladesh, one-fourth of the country’s total population is in the 15-29 age group. In numbers, the country’s current youth population is 45.9 million, according to the census report published by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) last year.
Bangladesh stands at the crossroads of an exciting and transformative era, and a key aspect of this journey lies in empowering our youth with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and dynamic global landscape, and it is imperative that we shed light on the pivotal skills our young generation must cultivate to lead Bangladesh towards a brighter future.
In the midst of technological revolutions, economic shifts, and unprecedented challenges, traditional skills alone no longer suffice. The modern world demands a unique set of competencies that foster adaptability, innovation, and a global perspective.
As we set our sights on a brighter future, it is imperative that we equip our youth with the skills and tools they need to shape a Smart Bangladesh — one that is sustainable, modern, adaptable, resilient, and technologically advanced.
The concept of Smart Bangladesh encapsulates not only technological advancement but also a holistic approach to societal growth. Our youth are the architects of tomorrow’s landscape, and by providing them with the right tools and skills, we are investing in the very foundation of our nation’s success.
A Smart Bangladesh envisions a sustainable future where economic progress is in harmony with environmental conservation. To achieve this, the youth must be equipped with the skills to understand and address pressing ecological challenges. Education on sustainable practices, renewable energy technologies, and eco-friendly initiatives should be integrated into the curriculum, nurturing a generation that is conscious of their impact on the planet.
In a rapidly changing world, embracing innovation and creativity is crucial for progress. The youth must be encouraged to think critically, solve problems, and explore new avenues. Equipping them with digital literacy, coding skills, and the ability to adapt to emerging technologies will ensure they remain competitive in a globally interconnected landscape. Access to online resources and vocational training programs will empower them to thrive in various industries, from tech to the arts.
The ability to adapt is a cornerstone of success in today’s dynamic world. Bangladesh’s youth must be resilient in the face of challenges, flexible in their approach, and open to learning from diverse experiences. Integrating life skills education that focuses on emotional intelligence, effective communication, and teamwork will empower young individuals to navigate complex situations with grace and confidence.
A Smart Bangladesh acknowledges that setbacks are inevitable, but resilience is the key to overcoming them. Youth should be provided with mentorship and guidance to develop a strong sense of self-belief, perseverance, and a “never give up” attitude. Encouraging participation in community initiatives and volunteer work will instill a sense of responsibility and empathy, fostering resilient individuals who contribute positively to society.
In an increasingly digital world, technological proficiency is non-negotiable. The youth need access to quality education that equips them with IT skills, data analysis, and cybersecurity knowledge. Empowering them to harness the potential of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will not only prepare them for future job opportunities but also position Bangladesh as a leader in the global tech arena.
In addition to these specific skills, young people in Bangladesh also need to develop a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. These are the qualities that will help them succeed in whatever they choose to do.
To achieve a Smart Bangladesh, the government, our educational institutions, and society at large need to collaborate and prioritize the development of our youth. Investments in education, vocational training, and skill development programs are vital. Furthermore, mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals can provide invaluable insights and direction to the youth as they embark on their journeys.
The youth of Bangladesh possess boundless potential, enthusiasm, and creativity. It is our duty to channel these attributes into productive avenues. A Smart Bangladesh is not a distant dream but an achievable reality, and its foundation lies in equipping our youth with the skills they need to lead the way.
By investing in the skills of young people, Bangladesh can ensure that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to the nation’s development. Here are some specific ways that Bangladesh can help young people develop the skills they need for transforming the country:
Reform the education system to focus more on critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills
Provide more opportunities for vocational training and apprenticeships
Support entrepreneurship and innovation
Create a more supportive environment for young people to start and run businesses
Encourage young people to participate in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship
Let us commit to providing our young citizens with the tools they need to shape a Smart Bangladesh. By nurturing these skills, Bangladesh can forge a path toward sustainable development, economic prosperity, and global leadership. Let our collective efforts empower our youth to become the architects of a thriving, progressive, and united Bangladesh.
Md Ashikur Rahman and Anupom Sarker are freelance contributors.
Source: Dhaka Tribune.