Apr 22 2021

Saluting the spirit of young changemakers

Over 5,000 people join BYLC Youth Carnival 2020 virtually

Speakers at a virtual ceremony on Saturday emphasised the need to show young people how they can be part of a sustainable change-making process.

They applauded the spirit of youth in creating progressive impact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organised the “BYLC Virtual Youth Carnival 2020”, said a press release.

The daylong carnival was held virtually in light of the ongoing pandemic. Manusher Jonno Foundation and the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office supported the event, it said.

Over 5,000 youths– aged 15 to 30 years– from across the country participated in the carnival, it added.

Through their stories, speakers and participants expressed how youth are initiating social change in Bangladesh, regardless of whether they are studying in a school in a remote area of the country, or working for an international organisation situated abroad.

Discussants at the carnival also emphasised the importance of teamwork and critical thinking skills in innovating impactful social initiatives.

Youth have shown the power of transformation during the Covid-19 pandemic through their actions and their work for their communities, said Shaheen Anam, executive director of MJF.

“Now we have to think about the resources and benefits that we can give to them so that they are able to give back to their communities in a stronger manner,” she added.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam said, “During Covid-19, the youth of Bangladesh have shown the transformation they are capable of implementing in their communities. Their participation is critical in developing our nation post-Covid-19.”

“From my experience, the most productive teams consist of people who may have mediocre grades but have great teamwork, problem-solving, and analytical skills,” said cientist Senjuti Saha of Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh.

In his session titled “Asking ‘Why?’: The Significance of Critical Thinking”, Chamok Hasan, writer and online instructor, said, “The main goal of critical thinking is to process the knowledge we gain from our surroundings and take objective decisions based on that knowledge, rather than what any person has to say.”

Mirza Salman Hossain Beg, vice president and Head of Innovation at DTAC, Thailand, said, “You have to come out of your comfort zone. Try to learn something new every month. You will then find yourself more equipped to fight any uncertainty in life.”

Pavel Sarwar, co-founder and president of Youth Hub, Malaysia, said, “Despite not being proficient in English or even lacking some certain skills, I have been able to impact change only because I have been able to persevere with my passion and continue to do what I love.”