Apr 22 2021

Speakers: Youth need to be part of the sustainable change-making process

Applauding the spirit of youth in creating progressive impact during the pandemic, the speakers made the call at the opening ceremony of the BYLC Virtual Youth Carnival 2020, organized by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), held virtually on Saturday

Speakers at an event have emphasized the need to show young people how they can be part of a sustainable changemaking process in the country.

Applauding the spirit of youth in creating progressive impact during the pandemic, the speakers made the call at the opening ceremony of the BYLC Virtual Youth Carnival 2020, organized by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), held virtually on Saturday.

“Youth have shown the power of transformation during Covid-19 through their actions and their work for their communities. 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,” Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) Executive Director Shaheen Anam said. 

The day-long carnival, supported by MJF and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the UK Government, was held with over 5,000 youth participants, aged 15 to 30 years, from all divisions of the country and socio-economic backgrounds, says a press release.

“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,” Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor said. 

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

“We need to come out of the ‘meritocracy’ mindset. 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 Senjuti Saha, a scientist at the Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh.

“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,” Chamok Hasan, writer, online instructor, and R&D Engineer at Boston Scientific Corporation, said.

Furthermore, speakers focused on the importance of discipline in achieving one’s goals and dreams. 

“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,” Mirza Salman Hossain Beg, vice president and head of innovation at DTAC, Thailand, said while addressing the youth participants, 

A session with expatriate Bangladeshis from around the world showcased how they chartered new paths, overcame obstacles, and thus continue to impact change in Bangladesh. 

Speakers at the carnival additionally included Mashrur Rabbi Enan, singer and founder of the viral Keto Bhai movement; Mohammad Tauheed, founding curator of Global Shapers Dhaka; Shams Jaber, founder of the Tech Academy; Palki Ahmad of the Ontario Youth United Project, Mowmita Basak Mow, co-founder of Ithika, and many others. The event also featured performances by popular musicians Elita Karim, Fairooz Nazifa, and Tapesh Chakraborty.