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Young employment to fight post Covid-19 era

We need to focus on renewable resources such as soil, water, and create more jobs in the field of agriculture, forestry, etc. Our country is a riverine one and with the change of climate, it is so important to have a look into that, as well.
Ramisa Nawar Promee
Young employment to fight post Covid-19 era

2020 is a year that made us face a huge pandemic global health emergency and made us think that we should always be ready for any kind of emergency situation.
Right now, the whole world is going through a very tough time let alone Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a developing country and as it is already August, we can assume that the economical state of our country will not be the same as it was before. The statistical record shows that the global net GDP of the whole world has fallen up compared to the previous years. As a developing country, we must take some steps to recover and go back to the phase where we were before.
As we all know, Bangladesh is developing and growing fast and has already eradicated the states of our average livelihood. According to the World Bank, Bangladesh has remarkably gained growth and shared prosperity with a huge portion of its population. In the early 2000s, about 33.33% of people lived within the extreme poverty line. But now the data talks differently. The rate of unemployment has lessened tremendously. And all of these have been possible due to the increasing rate of the quality of education and the awareness of people towards leading a better life.
Now that we are going through a pandemic, it is sure that it will affect its post period. And young employment is one of the sectors that are going to be affected very badly. The job sectors are planning to be run with a handful amount of labour. That will result in unemployment. People will lose their jobs and as they do not have any other source of income, the full families will have to suffer. This is surely not acceptable at all.
If we observe our previous records, we will notice that we have passed a rough road and it was not easy for us to reach the position where we are now. And in this journey, one of the important roles has been played by our young generation and their employment. Based on the experiences of the last 50 years, it is noticed that the efficiency of investments in employment sectors depends on some factors. The investment can be more useful in case of development, creation, maintenance, and management if it is invested according to the resources.

In today’s scenario, we are seeing that people are being more interested in creative and technical education. On the other hand, our country is already lagging behind in the case of GDP. So, we need to focus on renewable resources such as soil, water, and create more jobs in the field of agriculture, forestry, etc. Our country is a riverine one and with the change of climate, it is so important to have a look into that, as well. After this pandemic, we will not be in the state to fight any natural calamity. So, we can impose manpower to contribute to mitigating and adapting the effects of climate change. In rural areas, there are chances to work on recovering ecosystems. That will help rural people to be employed. Also, as the construction field is highly affected by this pandemic, there are chances to work on these job sectors and create jobs in the field of rural and high volume roads, social infrastructures, irrigation schemes, small earth dams, flood protection constructions, and river controls. Then, as the cost of daily livelihood needs to be considered, people will be in need of low-cost housing. So, there will also be a chance of job creation in water and sanitation systems, waste collection, recycling, and composition.

As the whole world is going through this crisis, people throughout the earth are being more considerate towards each other and tend to fight this together. That is a positive sign. That has made online educational resources easier to access worldwide. This is surely improving the quality of education. Another study shows that, in Bangladesh, within 2023, we will be in need of mid and senior-level managers in our working sectors. In previous years, we relied on foreign human resources for these positions. But with the improvement in quality of education, our young generation is also achieving the potentials to play roles in these sectors. Up to the period before this lockdown, data shows that every year, each foreign worker who works in our country sends nearly $20,000 to his native country. But if we achieve the mindset, work on our potentials, and play these roles by ourselves, we can save this amount and add this to our own GDP.

To reverse the after effects, our government has already announced some packages. The resources can be used productively if planned wisely. The funding and financial schemes can bring efficient results if it is spent to improve our labour productivity and the quality of our work play. There can be some programmes run by the authorities where the new manpower can be trained to use the local resources in an optimized way. Also, the need for knowledgeable trainers will also rise. There will be a need for human resources to assist the authority in assessing employment potential and reviewing procurement processes.

Covid-19 has made us think from the perspectives we never considered before. Though we are counting losses due to this pandemic, we have been introduced to new doors and paths and other meanings of being alive. To be well prepared, we need a large number of health workers, health advisors, planners, and law enforcement workers. It will also be a wise decision if we take steps to enrich these sectors by employing our educated young generation in respected fields. We are in this together and if we start acting now, it will never be late to take Bangladesh where it belongs to be.

The writer is a mechanical engineer and a young professional

 

 

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