Bangladesh is an emerging and resilient South Asian country. The people of the country face various challenges and have learnt to overcome them using indigenous and ICT knowledge.
One third of total population of Bangladesh consists of young people. These youngsters are the future leaders of the country. According to National Youth Policy, the age group between 18-35 years are called ‘Youth’ in Bangladesh. They are the most energetic and productive segment of the total population in Bangladesh. The development of the country depends on the work they do and the path they choose. There have been some significant achievements in MDGs. The government and UN agencies have been working towards designing a meaningful Post-2015 Development Agenda for Bangladesh.
The United Nations Information Centre in Dhaka has been critically involved in educational outreach activities throughout Bangladesh. It has been observed while arranging several UN events in educational institutions in rural areas that the children are pro-UN in expressing their opinions about the role and activities of United Nations. They often refer to Bangladesh’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping Missions where Bangladesh ranks 1st or 2nd position in troop contribution for the last decade.
UNIC Dhaka reveals the positive feedback about the United Nations during its recent educational outreach programme in Bandutia Memorial High School, Manikganj where most of the students come from rural areas and took part in seminar and quiz contest.
A couple of children of the school were interviewed about their thoughts on United Nations. Reema Akhter, a student of Grade-9, who stood 1st position in UN quiz contest said, “After attending UNIC Dhaka’s event at our school, I have come to know about UN origin, its objectives, and activities. I liked the way the UN works globally and I am motivated. After completion of my education I will apply to work for UN and serve people. I have been inspired to voluntary work for the community and spread awareness to uneducated parents about sending their children to school.”
Awlad Hossain, a student of class-10, had a similar analogy.
A recent survey result shows that rural citizen of Bangladesh are becoming increasingly aware of the beneficial outcomes of the events held by UNIC Dhaka.
Information Centre (UNIC) in Dhaka organizes various educational outreach events including information literacy training, seminar, quiz contests, etc. in rural schools in various parts of Bangladesh.
During the event, the practices of different UN agencies in Bangladesh were depicted to the young students by presentation and exhibition. Issues like peace, development, human rights, health and education were brought up in the Q/A session. The participation rate was overwhelming; the overall event was grandiose, and successful.