How does the Foundation Training Course Enhance the Capacity of the Young Civil Servants to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? A Study on Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre
Bangladesh, one of the most emerging economies of the world, has taken a series of development initiatives on stride towards prosperity over the last 47 years of its independence. In response to this, recently she has undertaken a transformative and globally agreed agenda 2030 on the way to build a sustainable country. To translate the development aspirations into reality, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) has aligned the course curricula to create patriotic, competent and professional civil servants dedicated to public interest. The study aimed at analyzing whether the newly recruited civil servants are equipped enough to transform government development initiatives into reality. Here effectiveness of foundation training was critically evaluated by comparing the knowledge of before and after training and by examining their abilities to prioritize targets of SDGs. The study was both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Primary data was collected from all participants of the 66th foundation training course using a structured questionnaire on arrival and departure date. The results show that the Foundation Training has a significant impact on understanding and gaining knowledge regarding SDGs and selecting the area that should get preference while implementing SDGs. Standardized understanding about SDGs among civil servants, especially at entry level usually pick up the pace of its implementation and ultimately bridge the knowledge gap. This training will help them in implementing SDGs in the public sectors of Bangladesh.