CRI

March 20, 2017 | Issue 05

NEWSLETTER

Bangladesh: Education for All

Joy Bangla Concert 2017

On 7th March 2017, Young Bangla, the youth platform of Centre for Research and Information (CRI), organized the much anticipated Joy Bangla concert for the third time to pay rich tribute to the historic 7th March, 1971 speech by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The concert, which sought to inspire the youth with the messages and spirit of the speech, featuring music by leading bands like Warfaze, Shironamhin, Shunno, Arbovirus, Lalon, Chircut, Cryptic Fate and Nemesis. Apart from their regular crowd pleasers and hit numbers, the bands also performed patriotic songs from the era of the liberation struggle of Bangladesh.

CRI Marks Bangabandhu Birth Anniversary

For the third consecutive year, Centre for Research and Information (CRI) has organized an interactive event to mark the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum. This two-day programme featured a host of attractive displays and installations based on the Graphic Novel ‘’Mujib- 3” as well as free book giveaways for the visiting children. The event was joined by Bangabandhu's youngest daughter Sheikh Rehana, CRI Trustees Radwan Mujib Siddiq and Nasrul Hamid MP and Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP among others.

Mujib Graphic Novel-3 Unveiled

The Part-3 of Mujib, the 12-part graphic novel series by CRI, based on the ‘Unfinished Memoirs’ of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was unveiled on 19 February, 2017 (Sunday) at a simple ceremony at the CRI stall in Amar Ekushe Boi Mela (Book Fair). The adaptation from the memoirs into a graphic novel was done with the intention to introduce the life story of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in an easy and enjoyable form for young children and teenagers. The opening ceremony hosted large groups of children and fans of the series who left with their copies of the graphic novel.

Publications

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Bangladesh on the International Stage 2016

A look at Bangladesh’s successes and high points on the international stage in 2016. Focus of the publication is on landmark diplomacy, high-level visits and events, active international profile, awards and recognition from the previous year. This publication also covers the coordinated efforts and achievements between Bangladesh and other international actors in the areas of national, regional and international development and cooperation especially regarding preventing violent extremism, migration of skilled workers, trade & investment as well as reducing poverty and inequalities.

Water Management & Climate Change

This publication covers the Bangladesh’s major successes in climate and water management, the national strategies and activities for water resource management and climate change as well as the emerging challenges ahead. It also includes the coordinated and committed actions from the government and non-government bodies, including the civil society in this regard. This has been prepared specifically for the envoy that represented Bangladesh at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2017 held at Davos, Switzerland.

On Peace & Security

This is a regular quarterly initiative of CRI and this issue underlines a useful compilation of Bangladesh’s security updates from September to December 2016. It covers the commitments and results demonstrated by the current government in Bangladesh in terms of playing a crucial role in maintaining peace and security in the world and being at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

Youth Engagement

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CRI at Global Forum on Migration and Development 

A team of Centre for Research and Information attended and participated as delegates in the civil society days (CSDs) of the 9th GFMD Summit on 8th and 9th December 2016. The team also attended the common space day on 10th December where all the CSD delegates met the government bodies to carry forward the decision and recommendation taken. Publications by CRI was available at their designated booth, while the in-house youth platform - Young Bangla, placed 16 youth volunteers at the event to assist with various aspects of organizing the event.

Youth in Smart Agriculture

Center for Research and Information (CRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 20th January 2017 for the E-Village Project with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University and iSOFT Stone of China. This project aims to utilize the benefits of ICT to boost the agricultural sector, where CRI will act as a strategic partner. This project has been designed particularly to digitize field and crop information for more efficient farming.

ICT Training for Youth

Centre for Research and Information (CRI) and Young Bangla, a youth platform of the CRI, in agreement with the ICT Division, will oversee ICT training and supervise, monitor and maintain the overall activities till 2018. 2001 such labs have been set up by the government under the Sheikh Russel Computer and Language Lab (SRDL) initiative. This is part of the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ plan which is also a focus area of works of the CRI. Training sessions are scheduled to be held at district and city corporation levels, ensuring the youth access to proper training.

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