Facilitating use of e-learning in skills development

Facilitate coordination and capacity development of institutional content developers and develop a national e-learning platform MuktoPaath to promote anywhere-anytime learning by anyone using validated content and relevant performance appraisal. Show more


emand-side Challenges to Skills Development

Ms. Fatima Begum, age 24, was desperately looking to start a new business of poultry farming, but lacked the necessary skills and knowledge. She came to know from a local journalist that the Department of Youth Development (DYD) conducts business development training on different traits targeted to the unemployed youth. But, upon searching, she could not find any establishment in her locality where she could go and get trained. Again, her family does not approve of her going to a different district to receive institutional training, let alone for a month or so. DYD knows that a significant percentage of its clients are faced with similar kinds of constraints, but with its limited infrastructure and human resources, it cannot fulfill the ever increasing demand for wider area coverage and more diverse & modern traits.

Supply-side Challenges to Skills Development

The 27 directorates under 23 ministries in the government when providing training from their facilities are faced with the same problems that DYD faces. Again, there is no working mechanism for sharing resources among the directorates which complicates things further. The capacity development practices worldwide have shifted to greater sophistication like more robust use of e- and m-learning tools. But, in Bangladesh, there is still dependence on the traditional face-to-face training method which is comparatively costlier and makes refresher training near to impossible. Even if there is strong intent within the bureaucracy to identify latent demand for skills, the practical obstacles like scarcity of human resources make it difficult.

e-Learning as the enabler for skills development

a2i has successfully leveraged its position within the Prime Minister’s Office and its partnerships with important stakeholders, like the Cabinet Division and the Ministry of Public Administration, in creating a national e-learning platform where primarily e-learning content for all possible training programs within the government can be uploaded by the training service providers, and can be viewed and exercised upon by anyone-anywhere-anytime. To ensure a continuous supply of validated e-learning content, a2i has undertaken a two-pronged strategy of coordination and capacity development. On the one hand, all the relevant stakeholders are being brought under one umbrella and a unified spirit of e-learning content creation is being transferred among them. On the other hand, capitalizing on the experience of teacher-led content development for Teachers’ Portal, a2i is facilitating the capacity development of the government offices on e-learning content development.

MuktoPaath impacting people’s livelihoods

Now, not only upcoming entrepreneurs like Fatima, but also civil servants, private sector enterprises and any individual can get access to e-learning content for government provided training programs either free or at a reasonable cost, and can receive honors upon successful completion of the courses. This innovative learning method can make meaningful contributions to attaining SDGs goal no 4 (Quality Education) and 8 (Decent Jobs and Economic growth) and eventually earning a middle income status in the world arena.

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MuktoPaath: e-learning for Skills Development

Sufia, a women in her early thirties, decided to break the socio-economic shackles binding women like her and opted for an overseas employment opportunity

MuktoPaath: e-learning for Skills Development

Sufia, a women in her early thirties, decided to break the socio-economic shackles binding women like her and opted for an overseas employment opportunity after failing to find a job at home to support her family. She went to Saudi Arabia as a housemaid, with big dreams of changing her fate, with the assistance of a middle man with minimal details about the workplace and job requirements. She faced difficulties in adapting to her new professional life because of her lack of familiarization of up-to-date technology and basic requirements. Moreover, the language barrier became another substantial obstacles for her. As a result she failed to communicate effectively with her employer and was forced to encounter many embarrassing situations. Sufia’s journey ended within six months, leaving her filled with bitter experiences and having lost a huge amount of money on the process. Today, Sufia is unemployed and her dreams of achieving financial independence are in tatters.

In Bangladesh, existing educational institutions and training centres do not have the capability to train enough skilled workers to keep up with the current demand of the local industries and international markets. As a result majority of the workforce, facing a situation alike Sufia’s, lack the proper training required for the times ahead. Innovative interventions like MuktoPaath ( can pave the way to bridge the gap with diverse courses and tutorials for migrant worker like Sufia as well as for people in other profession like teachers, individual learners, farmers and others to gain necessary knowledge and develop required skills. Offline versions of courses are available so that people who are living in remotest corner of the country with limited access to internet could easily avail the contents of MuktoPaath in their computer and SD card supported mobile. An effort like MuktoPaath could positively contribute to fulfill dreams of other citizens like those of Sufia’s.

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