Academy of Work (AoW) is a 3-month certified training programme for trade unionists in Bangladesh. FES Bangladesh is proud of being part of this initiative together with Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University.
Throughout the course, participants are empowered to connect to the world beyond the Bangladeshi labour sphere and to continue on their leadership path by representing the goals of decent work along the global supply chain, more effectively.
On 29 November, 16 fellows graduated from the training programme. At the ceremony two graduating fellows, among other speakers, held their speeches. Fellow, Jakir Hossain Mollah uttered why he thinks this course has enhanced his work as a unionist: “AoW has changed our thinking and attitude forever. If we are divided, we will fall - it is all about unity”. Nazrul Islam, BILS expressed his gratitude to all the fellows and encouraged them to take responsibility and share their valuable knowledge outside the classroom.
In the end of the ceremony a handover of certificates was done by H.E. Peter Fahrenholtz, German Ambassador, followed by an enjoyable celebration. Again, a big congratulations to all the 16 union leaders.