Staff Correspondent: Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Bangladesh inaugurated Workplace Wellbeing Management (WWM) Course today at UCEP Gazipur Technical School, Salna. UCEP will educate around 700 welfare officer, HR & Compliance Officer in the next 3 years. This is 100 hours course and focused on Mental Health Counseling and Worker Communication through scientific method.
The project is funded by Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and technical assistance provided by SNV Netherlands Development Organization.
During the inaugural session Mr. Shafiqur Rahman, Regional Manager, UCEP, Ms Farida Yesmin, Manager Advocacy, UCEP and Jamal Uddin, Inclusive Business Advisor, SNV Netherlands Development Organization were present along with 30 participants from different garments factory.
During his speech Mr. Shafiqur Rahman said, ‘A significant number of students has been completing technical education in UCEP and employed in RMG sector since long and UCEP is proving the education for developing quality workforce in the country. WWM is another edition to ensure better counseling of the RMG worker and contribute to improve congenial workplace environment’.
Ms. Farida Yesmin said, ‘UCEP piloted the course a couple of years back and found effective. The curriculum is also developed through the funding support of Netherlands Government under a development project. She mentioned SNV opened their eyes to develop sustainable business model for the betterment of the poor people. UCEP is confident to make the model economically viable within the project period’.
‘RMG factory can also report contribution to SDG goals through ensuring mental health for their worker by developing counselor through this course. After completing the course the trainee will be able to counsel their worker in proper way and thus it will be helpful to reduce workers stress, conflict and problems of their own and family’, she added.
Mr. Jamal Uddin stated in his address, ‘SNV believes in sustainable growth and development of the organization and always keen to institutionalize the project through its technical assistance so that the effort continue long term basis and contribute the society. SNV piloted Mental Health in RMG sector under the project of ‘Working with Women’ and found there is a huge need of counseling of the worker. During the project period it was reported that a significant number of working people commits suicide every year which indicates the extreme need of mental health for those people who are mentally weak’.
‘In Bangladesh, poor people don’t have the access to mental health and there is a social taboo as well. And thus many educated families, even feeling shy, disclose their need about mental health counseling’, he added.
Addressing mental health Mr. Jamal further said, ‘The factories can ensure better wellbeing of the worker which indirectly contribute good working condition and increased productivity. Also they can promote responsible business through ensuring mental health. Many of the international brands and buyers might be interested to see such initiative in the RMG supply chain and may find out the ways to take part of such great initiative’.
At end of the closing speech Mr. Jamal welcomed the participants once again for their interest and thanked to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, UCEP and the factories who sent their employees to the training and paid the time and part of the course fees.