02/11/2017, 14.30
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PIME vocational school in Dinajpur trains hundreds of poor youth

by Sumon Corraya

A big local household appliance company has hired 43 young people who completed a two-year programme. Bipul and Laxmi, two young Hindus, are among them. Today they offer hope to their poor families. In Bangladesh unemployment exceeds 14 per cent and fuels crime.

Dinajpur (AsiaNews) – In more than 50 years of activity, the Novara Technical School in Dinajpur, a vocational school run by the missionaries of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), has trained hundreds of young poor people.

The school takes in children in need, unable to pay expensive fees elsewhere, and once they complete a two-year programme, all of them get jobs in a country where unemployment exceeds 14 per cent.

Bipul Chandra Sharma and Laxmi Kanta Roy, both Hindus, are among the 43 students that the RFL Group, a local home appliances company, hired after they graduated last January.

Speaking to AsiaNews, Bipul said that his parents could not pay for his college education, "but now with this new job, I offer hope to my needy family."

For his part, Laxmi, who just got his first monthly wages, said with emotion, "I sent money to my parents, so they can eat some sweets."

Both went to the Novara Technical School and stayed at its hostel. Founded in 1965 by Fr Faustino Cescato, the facility offers courses in mechanics, electrical trades, radio, and carpentry.

A satisfied Sylvester Corraya, who teaches at the school and is in charge of its hostel, said that "The RFL Group executives learnt from Caritas Bangladesh that we train young people and booked interviews. For us, the fact that our students have found work in this company is a great achievement."

“Last year, 93 students completed the two-year programme and got jobs in various companies,” Corraya noted. “No one was left without a job.”

“Our school,” he added, “is a blessing for many families and significantly reduces the country’s unemployment."

According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), at least 2.3 million people are unemployed, 1.4 million of these are men. Every year, 1.3 million youths enter the labour market.

However, high unemployment fuels crime and social unrest.

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