Apr 22 2021

Youths deserve a platform to realise their potential: Dutch ambassador

Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij on Friday said youths deserve a platform to realise their full potential and work together to build a prosperous Bangladesh, reports UNB.

He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a graduation ceremony organised by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) at Lakeshore Hotel in the city.

“The youths deserve a platform to realise their full potential and work together to build a prosperous, just, and inclusive Bangladesh,” said Verweij, according to a BYLC press release.

“I congratulate BYLC for its efforts in ensuring inclusion in its programmes and preparing the youth for the challenges of tomorrow,” he added.

BYLC hosted the graduation ceremony for the 2019 Building Bridges through Leadership Training (BBLT) and the Building Bridges through Leadership Training Junior (BBLTJ) programs.

Defining leadership, BYLC founder and president Ejaj Ahmad said it is about working with others to make progress on the challenges facing a community or country.

“I hope that the training at BYLC will both inspire and prepare you for a lifetime of leadership for the development of our society,” he said.

Altogether 174 students from English and Bengali medium schools and Madrassas graduated from BYLC’s 10-week long BBLT and six-week BBLTJ after-school programmes in 2019.

The programmes were funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Participants were selected through rigorous training on the theoretical and practical concepts of leadership, learning skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.

Students worked in small groups in underserved communities to translate their classroom learning into action by designing and implementing small, scalable, and sustainable community service projects.