Many underprivileged working children are getting technical and vocational education under privileged children education programme in the Rajshahi city.
Around 4,200 working children are studying in five feeder schools under the UCEP in the city.
‘Every year, we are enrolling around 500 to 550 students in six-month course and similar number of students passes out,’ AKM Mohsin, divisional coordinator of UCEP, told the news agency on Tuesday.
In another six-month course, 600 adolescents are also getting technical education on various trades from UCEP Rajshahi Technical School.
He said the schools are being operated in an effort to transform the underprivileged working children into productive human resources.
‘Our aim is to eliminate child labourers from society,’ Mohsin said adding that the children were being trained to give them proper place in society.
‘Mainly, we teach them on how to show their best performance in working place besides how to protect them from exploitation, abuse and neglect,’ he added.
Many other teaching and learning issues like life, health, nutrition, education, care, leisure, recreation and how to participate to expression, information and thought are being practiced.
After passing out from the course, many of the trained adolescents earn Tk 7,000 to Tk 8,000 per month from their employers, Mohsin revealed.
Meanwhile, the number of children engaged in various jobs may be around one lakh in the city but in many cases, their future remains uncertain, sources concerned said.
-With New Age input