Apr 22 2021
Speakers at a webinar on Monday shared the stories of 10 young change-makers to inspire the youths of Bangladesh.
They also shared their personal experiences, struggles, and achievements to inspire youths toward definite action, and discussed the opportunities and struggles of the country’s youths in securing a livelihood in the tough post-Covid-19 economy.
The webinar was held in Dhaka on Sunday on the occasion of Bangabandhu National Youth Day, said a press release.
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), FCDO of the UK government and Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre (BYLC) hosted the webinar under this year’s theme – “Mujib Year: Youth Employment.”
The objective of the program was to shed light on the current status of youth leadership in different aspects and give perspective on what the future holds for today’s youth.
This program was organized jointly with IED, FIVDB, Bandhu Social Welfare Society, Ghashful, BGS, VAFWSD, JSKS, LEDARS, and ESDO.
Given the significance of the Mujib Year, the “Bangabandhu National Youth Day 2020” was celebrated in a grand manner, focusing on creating livelihood and reminding the youth of the potential they hold.
10 young change-makers
Mithun Das Kabbo, the founder of a grassroots NGO called Alokito Shishu, is currently running two schools for the Bede and Sweeper community, providing formal education to children from underprivileged communities.
Rani Chowdhury is a youth volunteer of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) working for the transgender/Hijra population across Bangladesh. She has provided food support to 2,000 families during Covid-19.
Physics student Md Naimul Hasan Shanto, 22, has created a group of 150 blood donors. He is also involved in raising awareness of drug addiction, child marriage, and harassment.
Hasanur Rahaman is an active youth leader of the BGS MJF Youth Project. His goal is to spread the habit of reading books among young people.
Rubel Ahmad Robi has championed blood donation, donating blood 24 times and founding the Blood Donation and Social Welfare Society- a grassroots initiative at his community in Sylhet.
Sonia Akhter identifies herself as an affiliate of the ESDO-Promotee project in the northern district of Sherpur, serving as a role model for the pan-district youth diaspora scattered throughout the country.
Shahedul Alam Chowdhury is an activist protesting violence against girls and women in his community in Chittagong.
Md Mominur Rahman from Satkhira has inspired more than 1,500 youth and is working with marginalized people.
Sohagi Akter, president of the volunteer organization Divine Helpers of Bangladesh, has been working to educate illiterate adults of Sherpur and has so far taught 240 adults to read and write in Bangla.
Hapijur Rahman, 21, established the organization Dream IT Solution. A total 30 youths are working under him.
Special guest Shaheen Anam, executive director of MJF, said: “Courage is synonymous with youth. Our young leaders must stand up against injustice and take responsibility to promote equality in society.”
Chief guest Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, renowned actor and activist, said: “Real knowledge includes knowledge of values, knowing oneself, and thinking about life. Our children are being deprived of this knowledge from the very early stages of their life.”
The webinar was moderated by BYLC Manager of Operations Adnin Mourin.