Microsoft has partnered with a Bangladeshi youth network for providing basic computer training to around 50,000 students in different educational institutions across the country.
Young Bangla, the youth network, has involved 2,100 educational institutions and started picking up 25 students from each of the institutions for this training titled “Microsoft Digital Literacy” programme.
"We already trained nearly 21,000 students from 840 educational institutions in March and June", said Tonmoy Ahmed, assistant coordinator of the Centre for Research and Information, that works as the secretariat of Young Bangla.
He said the rest of the students from different schools and colleges would be given the similar training by next year.
The training scheme seeks to introduce students with basic computer training skills, a brief view on troubleshooting of operating system and hardware.
"Given that ICT is the future in creating self-employment opportunities, we look forward to taking the light of ICT among grassroots students," said Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh.
She said Microsoft would also like to contribute to making Bangladesh a technologically advanced country.
The training programme would be followed by another initiative of creating 20,000 skilled freelancers from the students by 2018 so they could be self- employed.