Amidst of ongoing political turmoil, on January 24, 2015, Young Bangla went all out and hosted the first divisional program “Young Bangla Divisional Meet” in Chittagong at DC hill field.
Young Bangla is a platform initiated by Centre for Research and Information (CRI) and other convening organizations that aims towards integrating the youth from different parts of Bangladesh and involve them into the national development process, Vision 2021. It also aims to establish as a networking hub for young achievers, entrepreneurs, social contributors, initiators to maximize their true potentials.
During the meet, the convener Nahim Razzak MP himself, Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong, Sabbir Shams from CRI, Razee Fakrul Mp were present along with the representatives of other convening organizations ESAB and BDF. The premise of Young Bangla Divisional Meet was set out with 5 kinds of zones respectively:
1. Registration Booth,
2. Information Centre,
3. Innovation Zone for showcasing
4. Joy Bangla Youth Award Zone for collecting success stories and
5. Lastly CV Drop Zone for internship from Chittagong division.
Around 123 success stories were submitted on spot which eventually will be acknowledged on 7th March 2015 in coordination with JCT TOYP. The success stories were screened by the representatives of JCI (Junior Chambers of International) based on the outstanding contribution in the society. About 78 CVs for internship were dropped which will be sent to the Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources; ICT Division of Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The first segment of program was mainly registration process which was started at 2 pm and continued till 5 pm. In between, Md. Arif Raihan Maahi, General Secretary of ESAB warmed-up the stage and briefed about Joy Bangla Youth Award, Showcasing success stories and innovative stories. He welcomed everyone to come up with any initiatives taken by individual and organizations that aims to develop the society and nation.
The participants were consisted with the ratio forty-sixty respectively between female and male and average age is among 20-40. Moreover, the aged people were also participating and most of them were attending and dropping CVs for internship on behalf of their children. They were also assisting young people and both young and aged people were helping each other. The venue was overflowed with the different segment of people. Young people were coming forward with their stories and innovative ideas. The number of participants was growing over time. Each booth was filled with enthusiastic participants. Local people were enjoying in participating in such a large scale program for the first time ever. Participants were seen from different background like rich to root level.
In between, the 2nd segment of program was started around 4 pm with the national anthem led by the artists from Shilpokola Academy. Abdullah Md. Shukrana, General Secretary of BDF took the stage and has given a brief about Young Bangla Initiative. He has delivered some motivational and encouraging words towards the young people throughout his speech in reference with Vision 2021. Afterwards the audio-visual clips were shown namely:
a. The video of first coordination meeting which was held in Dhaka University Senate Building
b. Theme song of Young Bangla
And later the convener Mr Nahim Razzak Mp was called upon the stage and explained the reason behind this great platform. In order to make Digital Bangladesh into the reality by 2021 this platform is much needed, he added. He also stated that more than 350 youth organizations from different districts were present and had a dialogue between convening organizations and the representatives of youth organizations. He also announced that more than 500 internees will get chance in the respective ministries e.g. Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources; ICT Division of Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Finally he added that this Young Bangla platform is to implement the dream of youths that will help to making vision 2021 into the reality.
At 4.40 pm the honorable Deputy Commission delivered his speech and he thanked to the organizer. He dreams of a country which would be a middle-income country by 2021 and expects to make the country free of fundamentalism and communalism.
The segment was continued with some innovation demonstration on the stage by the students who came from different universities. The projects were demonstrated as bellow:
1. System for speech impaired people
2. Smart lifter
3. Face detection device
4. Heart beat measurement device
5. Stick for blinds
6. Quad copter
7. Electronic voting machine
8. Motion sensor based security system
9. Smart switch
11. Flying wing
12. Aerial surveillance system
After this session, open discussion on “Bangladesh can be middle income country by 2021” has been conducted by Abdullah Md. Shukrana. Some regards came from the audiences:
“The youths of the country are bringing huge amount of foreign remittance through outsourcing; therefore, it is possible to make middle income country by the youth with the help of the government”
“If tolerance among political parties exists Bangladesh can be in the highest income countries”
“The feel of self-employment among the youths can make Bangladesh the middle-income country”
“Development is not possible without the development of disable people”—-Mr. Faisal Md. Ibrahim who is blind and got 13th position nationally in 2014 in Chess competition with mainstream people.
The program was more eventful when the local achievers were on the stage one by one and they shared their stories and showed how they and their organizations are contributing in the society as well as in the country. The shared stories were:
1. Srot: An organization works for blind children
2. ERA: Works for street children
3. Bodhon Abritti Parishad
5. SAYE- Save As You Earn
The event lasted from 2 pm to 8pm and in those 6 hours the event was home to more than 1500 very enthusiastic participants with the representatives of different youth organizations from the different districts and Upazillas of Chittagong. The event had all sorts of activities like Open Discussion, Divisional Level Innovation Showcasing, and Sharing of Success Stories by the local achievers. Some audio-visual presentation was shown by the student organizations like CUMUN, UNYSAB and JCI-Chittagong. Mr. Zafir Sayeed from Sigularity was also present who showed the application “Lifeline” which can detect the people of same blood groups living within 5 kilometers. Finally, the event was concluded with performance by local bands Raihan & Rockers, Bagdhara and Old School from Dhaka.