The LEDP seems to be a godsend to reduce unemployment by creating freelancers

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The Learning and Income Development Project (LEDP) under the auspices of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division is helping to reduce unemployment, thereby empowering young people.

employed through the freelance envisioned by the Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Advisor, Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

According to LEDP documents, so far, 77,000 young people, including people with disabilities, have completed the “outsourcing skills training” on three courses – graphic design, digital marketing and web design and development – ​​across the country in the first and second phases of the project since 2016.

Among them, 32,234 young people earn money through freelancing and their total income is around US$5 billion.

With women representing half of the country’s total population, LEDP provided a two-day basic ICT training to 240,000 young women in the country.

Officials familiar with the project said the LEDP was launched under the leadership of the ICT Division in line with the direction of the Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Advisor, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, to empower young people through self-employment. freelancing and developing them as entrepreneurs instead of giving up on their search for jobs.

To achieve the goal, the government has distributed 13,000 laptops in the first phase and 4,000 laptops in the second phase among deserving young people including people with disabilities.

As part of the second phase, 3,000 young people received Fulbright scholarships on “digital skills” and “entrepreneur” under the COL-Coursera labor recovery program initiated by the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada and Coursera.

The project, however, set a goal to develop 100,000 freelancers out of a total of 600,000 as entrepreneurs through the “Freelancer to Entrepreneur” program, creating an additional 100,000 freelancers and earning US$1 billion in the market by line.

A Rubel Ali is among the effective freelancers, who contribute to the local economy by earning money through the learning and income development project.

Rubel Ali is no longer a pauper now, rather he has become a role model for freelancers as he earns around 3 lakh Taka per month from freelancing.

“It was very difficult to continue my studies because my poor father was unable to manage even the daily food for us. My siblings – one brother and two sisters – had to stop their studies at primary level,” said Rubel, a young man from the country. northwestern town.

He added, “Sometimes we had to quench our hunger by chewing on sugarcane.

I had to work on other people’s farms before and after school.”

Although Rubel could not attend classes regularly, his indomitable will helped him to move forward by overcoming financial obstacles.

However, he discovered an “amazing” thing about making money like boosting Facebook page or YouTube channels in 2012 when he was in eighth grade.

“I started to start facebook pages and youtube channels with a mobile phone.
Although labor income was very low at first, I did not give up hope,” Rubel said.

Later, he bought a computer by borrowing money and started earning around Taka 20,000-30,000 per month while continuing his education and passed SSC in 2015 and HSC in 2017.

Now a third-year student in the history department at Rajshahi New Government Degree College, Rubel said, “I found out about LEDP through Facebook in 2020. Thereafter, I took three courses – graphic design, digital marketing and web design and development – as part of the project”.

After completing the course, he got an extensive way to make money through freelancing and started the website “SMMGYUZ.COM” and he now earns more than 300,000 Taka per month.

Mosammat Alza, a master’s student, also took a web design course and now earns about Taka 10,000 per month.

Calling herself a self-sufficient woman, Alza said she does all her expenses with the money she earns from self-employment.

The Minister of State for ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, said about 6.5 lakh IT freelancers across the country are now earning money after training with LEDP.

Initially, 30% of the seats were reserved for women in the draft, he said, adding: “But the will of the women and their achievements
encouraged us to launch a dedicated project called “Women ICT Frontier Initiative” to create 50,000 women entrepreneurs. The project will soon be sent to the planning commission.

Palak said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given digital remittance fighters an identity of their own by introducing freelancer ID cards.

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