UCEP Bangladesh was established by Mr. Lindsay Allan Cheyne, a New Zealander in 1972. With the motto ‘Help to Learn, Skills to Earn’, UCEP Bangladesh is a non-governmental organization which provides Second Chance Education to out-of-school children and Decent Work to youth & adults through Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) and Skills Development. It has a special focus on Social Inclusion, therefore gives priority to females, children & youth from poor and underprivileged families.

At present, UCEP Bangladesh is governed by the UCEP Bangladesh Association, comprising of 43 voluntary members of whom 7 are elected to serve as the Board of Governors (BoG) for a two years’ term. The management of UCEP Bangladesh is led by the Executive Director (ED) and a Senior Management Team (SMT), supported by Regional Management Team (RMT).

UCEP Bangladesh works to bring more children and youth, who have dropped out of school, back to General and Technical Education, as well as engage families and communities to provide support to their children’s education, training and employment. UCEP Bangladesh aims to build partnership with the government, employers, organizations and other stakeholders to foster the institutionalization and sustainability process of the efforts and promote the “Leave No One Behind”campaign by focusing on Social Inclusion.

Vision

UCEP Bangladesh envisions an inclusive society where skills of people and institutions are proactively contributing to the wellbeing and sustainable development of the country.

Mission

UCEP Bangladesh plays a lead role, collaborating with stakeholders, in employment creation and enhancement of productivity through skilled human resources, enabling them to live with dignity and respect, adapting with the changing context. 

Values & Principles

Mutual Respect
Transparency
Integrity
Accountability
Commitment to Excellence
Diversity & Inclusion
Due Diligence
Innovations

Milestones of UCEP Bangladesh

1972

Established UCEP
Mr. Lindsay Allan Cheyne, a New Zealander, established
UCEP as an int’l NGO

1973

First school
First school started with 60 students in Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka

1974

Hostel Established
A hostel established for 100 working children

1978

Educational Programs
Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Nepal was established in 1978 and run as an extension of UCEP-Bangladesh under the umbrella organisation UCEP-International till 1992.

1980

General Schools
Two General Schools opened in Chattogram with 350 students

1981

UCEP Khulna
A General School in Khulna opened with 300 students

1982

UCEP Nepal
UCEP ‘Torch of Knowledge’ relayed from Dhaka to open UCEP Nepal

1983

Technical School
A Technical School opened in Dhaka

1984

UCEP Chattogram
Co-education program for General School started in Chattogram

1985

Integrated General and Vocational Schools
Integrated General and Vocational Schools opened in Dhaka, Khulna and Chattogram

1986

Founder of UCEP Bangladesh
Mr. Lindsay Allan Cheyne, the Founder of UCEP Bangladesh passed away.

1988

Transformed into a National NGO
Transformed into a National NGO through the Voluntary Social Welfare Ordinance Head Office transferred to Mirpur, Dhaka

1989

Staff Established
A cell for in-service training for staff established

1991

Job Placement
Job Placement for Technical School graduates started

1992

Chattogram Technical School
A Technical School in Chattogram opened

1993

20th Anniversary
Observed 20th Anniversary Technical School opened in Khulna

1994

UCEP Rajshahi
General Education program extended to Rajshahi

1995

Basic Skills Training
Para-Trade (Basic Skills Training) Program started in Dhaka and Chattogram

1996

ESCAP HRD Award
Received Runnersup ESCAP HRD Award for 1995

1997

New Projects Initiated
New Projects Initiated- 1. Hard-To-Reach Children (HTRC) 2. Skills Training Program for Dismissed Garment Industry Child Workers

1998

Basic Skills Training
Basic Skills Training for children with psychological and physical disabilities started Received Runners up ESCAP HRD Award for 1997

1999

BSTP in Rajshahi
Basic Skills Training Program in Rajshahi

2000

IGVS Started
Integrated General and Vocational Schools (IGVS) started

2001

A Computer Training Center
A Computer Training Center and a showroom for training products opened at Dhaka Technical School

2002

Pre-Technical Curriculum Started
Pre-Technical curriculum started alongside General Education Donor Consortium formed to create M&E processes

2003

Overseas job placement
Overseas job placement through Employment Support Services

2005

SSC Vocational and General programmes
SSC Vocational and SSC General programmes started

2006

UCEP Cheyne Tower
Construction work for UCEP Cheyne Tower started in Shegun Bagicha

2007

Opened Barishal Region
Two General Schools opened in Barishal Region

2008

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET)
4 General Schools, 1 Technical School and BMET opened in Sylhet Barishal Outreach Centre opened 5 Integrated General and Vocational Schools in Gazipur

2009

Jatrabari School
A Technical School opened in Jatrabari

2010

Rangpur Region
Rangpur Region started operating

2012

ISO 9001:2008
Received certification of ISO 9001:2008 BMET closed

2013

UTI opened in Sylhet
Business Development Department created UCEP Training Institute (UTI) opened in Sylhet

2014

CWRA program started
Child & Woman Rights Advocacy (CWRA) program started UCEP Training Institute (UTI) opened in Dhaka

2015

UIST opened
UCEP Institute of Science and Technology (UIST) opened to offer Diploma-inEngineering Degree

2016

Dhaka South Region started
UCEP Dhaka South Region started operation 9 General Schools closed

2017

Fee-based school started
Groundwork for a fee-based general school completed 12 General Schools closed

2018

Member of NCLWC
Became member of National Child Labour Welfare Council (NCLWC)

2019

Registered under NSDA
Registered under National Skills Development Authority (NSDA)

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