The Government of our country and UN Country Team has been working towards designing a meaningful Post-2015 Development Agenda for Bangladesh. There have been some significant achievements in Millennium Development Goals. We, the UNIC Dhaka team, strive to contribute to this development process.
We have been critically involved in educational outreach activities throughout Bangladesh. While setting up several of our UN events in educational institutions in rural areas we noticed that the children are pro-UN in expressing their opinions about the role and activities of United Nations. Their knowledge about the United Nations never ceases to surprise us, thusly inspires us to try harder to spread knowledge in every corner of Bangladesh.
On our latest educational outreach programme, the UNIC team joined the enthralling students of Bandutia Memorial High School in Manikganj district. The students of Bandutia school mostly come from rural area, where many aren’t aware of United Nations, but the number of children who participated in the programme was more than we expected. The students were full of zeal and were aware of United Nations.
The event consisted of a seminar and a quiz contest about the United Nations. Ms. Kamrun Nahar, Upazila Secondary Education Officer of Ministry Education was the chief guest, and I was the key-note speaker in the seminar. Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, Headmaster of the School presided over and UNIC team conducted the quiz session. Seventy students took part in the event. We set up a presentation session where we tried to depict the functions and tasks of different UN agencies. Issues like peace, development, human rights, health and education were brought up in the Q/A session.
I interviewed a couple of children of the school, after the event, 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 want to 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.
As a part of global network of UNICs, one of our crucial functions is to spread knowledge about the role of UN, especially, about peace, development and human rights, about sundries which will help people all over Bangladesh to grow and develop. We keep all these in account for all the programs we set - we did the same for this. The overall event was not only informational but also interesting. The participants had fun time learning and were encouraged to spread the word about UN; we ourselves are satisfied with this success.