Keywords: Bangladesh, vocational training, job placement, neurodevelopmental disorders
PFDA Vocational Training Center
|Name of Organisation||PFDA-Vocational Training Center|
|Type of organisation||National NGO and/or Service Provider|
|Funding model||Project support from Development Partners
The Centre is a not-for profit organization to develop entrepreneurs for economic development of the society. It is being operated through civil society funding (from founders and friends; foundations’ grants; crowd funding; etc.) and Income from the project itself (earnings from sales; membership fees etc.). Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund from different corporate agencies and Parents support/donation is also been used. ILO funding for project implementation has also been utilized.
Impact and growth
The journey started in 2014 with vision to create an all-inclusive society including PwNDDs. To comprehensively address the issue, established a Vocational Training Centre with 6 students which has now grown with 459 learners over the years and with 200 students in queue through massive awareness creation.
- engaged 217 PwNDDs in wages employment, 21 in self-employment, 96 in sheltered employment.
- organized 500+ awareness campaigns (policy dialogue, street campaign, round table conference, drama, concert, newspaper article etc)
- established 9 bakery kiosks in markets operated by PwNDDs
- trained 1500 parents for care of PwNDDs
- Facilitated formulation of National NDD Protection Act
NDDs who were ignored, not included in social development planning and considered as burden to the society, engaging in self-development and creating scope for mainstream work for economic development was a revolutionary concept for Bangladesh. The practice, operated outside the conventional model, has proved that these PwNDDs can participate in economic growth and in achievement of SDG goals.
The practice is designed to directly support persons with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Intellectual and other Neurological disabilities including their parents/caregivers. For sensitization, support is also provided to general population and media personnel and to policy level managers of the government in development of SoP. The practice also develops the capacity of special educators for creating a cohort of special support providers in the communities for PwNDDs and their families.
PFDA-VTC is the first ever initiative to establish institutional vocational training for PwNDDS in Bangladesh. The innovative model is now a time tested initiative to showcase the proven and established capacity for persons with NDDs and has influenced formulation of National Strategy for PwNDDs in Bangladesh. Government has shown interest in this approach and is in discussion to adopt. In the meanwhile government has revised the corporate policies to initiate tax rebate for employed PwNDDs.
THEORY OF CHANGE
We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:
|People with Neurodevelopmental Disorders||Skill building and employment||Purchase Power and dignified living||Rate of sustainability in employment and acceptance|
|Persons with other disabilities||Skill building and employment||Purchase Power and dignified living||Rate of sustainability in employment and acceptance|
|Senior Citizen||Conducive Residential support||Peaceful living||Quality of life|