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Director Vasquez hints at expansion in Bangladesh

Director Vasquez hints at expansion in Bangladesh

Replying to a question, he said that some 60 additional trainers would come to Bangladesh to join the Peace Corps service, increasing the total number of volunteers to over 100.

Director Vasquez hints at expansion in Bangladesh

US Peace Corpse chief hints at its expansion-Visits volunteers’ sites in country, pleased at English skill of youths

Sunday July 17 2005 08:14:28 AM BDT

Visiting Director of US Peace Corps Gaddi H Vazquez has announced his organisation’s plan to increase its number of volunteers and also expand areas of function in Bangladesh and other countries.

Addressing a press conference yesterday at the American Center in Dhaka during his five-day visit to Bangladesh the top official of the US Peace Corps said that their volunteers are now engaged in the English teaching programme. They would be involved in giving training on other social works including medical services and income generating projects, information technology and youth community development plans.

A total of 1,78,000 volunteers of the US Peace Corps is serving now in 138 countries. It was established in 1961 by President John F Kennedy to help promote better understanding and friendship between the US and other countries.

The Peace Corps which began its service in Bangladesh in 1994 now covers 45 districts and 1 upazilla, where 68 volunteers now are serving. "60 more volunteers are due to join them," the US official said.

During his five-day visit to Bangladesh, the Peace Corps Director visited Dhaka and Chittagong to see the functions of the volunteers and their performances, successes and impacts. He also called on various leaders including Education Minister Dr. Osman Farruk and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Reaz Rahman et al.

"I am pleased to see the enthusiasm and English language skill of the Bangladeshi young children being taught by the US volunteers", he said.

"I am also very pleased to be here in Bangladesh. During my visit, I saw the manifestation of great friendship and hospitality of Bangladesh people that encouraged me to expand our programmes here," he told reporters.

Replying to a question, he said that some 60 additional trainers would come to Bangladesh to join the Peace Corps service, increasing the total number of volunteers to over 100.

Currently the Peace Corps works for English language skill through TEFL, sports and entertainment, capacity development assistance on work, and rehabilitation of women and children. It has new plans for expansion.

Vazquez told a questioner that he had visited a rehabilitation centre in Chittagong for distressed women .

Responding to a question, the US official said that the programme and the functions of the Peace Corps had been affected because of the war in Iraq or developments like this.

Silas Kennala, Country Director for Peace Corps in Bangladesh, Jonathan Cebra, Director of the American Center and Abul Ahsan Ahmed Ali, Information Chief of the American Center were present on the occasion.

UNB adds: The top official of the US Peace Corps said yesterday that its volunteers are successfully working for youth and community development in Bangladesh and envisaged expansion of their sphere of activities from education to health and IT.

About future expansion plan in Bangladesh, he indicated that the Peace Corps might take up health programmes and technical programmes, including IT training for the youths.

Describing the current world situation as ‘critical’, the US Peace Corps executive said their volunteers are committed to increasingly engage in such volunteerism across the world, especially in Muslim countries, to promote peace, friendship and understanding.

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