March 18, 2015
Development Updates
Food security for all, one of the fundamental rights of the citizen, has been enshrined in the constitution of the country. Right now, Bangladesh government uses two broad approaches to increase access to food, specially for the poor: one is short-run approach and another is long-run approach. The government has enacted Safe Food Act, 2013 to ensure the right to have safe food for protection of human life & health and right to safe water. By dint of recent socio-economic progress the food purchasing capacity of mass people has improved to a meaningful extent. Now, the devastating word ‘Monga’(seasonal famine) is only a history of Bangladesh. It is also worth mentioning that Bangladesh is in the fourth position in fish production and third in the list of vegetables production among all the countries in the world.
Youth in Action
Throughout history of Bangladesh youth has participated, contributed, and catalyzed important changes in society. Most of the time great work done by the youth stays behind the scenes. The 'Joy Bangla Youth Award' is a prestigious recognition, has been introduced by 'Young Bnagla' platform, to acknowledge the untold stories and contributions of youngsters all over the country in a vast array of fields. The stage will be set on 30th April of this year to recognize 30 youth achievers/organizations in 10 categories. Searching of success stories for ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award’ has already been completed from centres to the peripheries through eight Divisional Meets and website of Young Bangla. For details click:
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called upon all the people of erstwhile East Pakistan to launch a decisive struggle against the Pakistani occupation and take an all-out preparation for the war of liberation through the two enchanting words “Joy Bangla” on 7th march 1971. 'Joy Bangla' is essentially the most inspirational wartime slogan and the first declaration of independence of Bangladesh. In revival of the spirit of 7th March among youth, ‘Young Bangla’ organizes 'Joy Bangla Concert' on 7th march 2015 at Army stadium, Dhaka. Young generation celebrated this historical day with full of enthusiasm and energy. This Concert was organized by Young Bangla and it was open for all. More than 30000 people registered online for this concert and it was aired live on Channel 9 and In Joy Bangla concert most popular rock bands perform different songs from 'Shadhin Bangla Radio Station'. This successful program proved that the mantra ‘Joy Bangla’ still resonates millions of young soul for building a golden Bangladesh.
‘Young Bangla’ started the Divisional Meet program with Chittagong division on 24th January. It covered all the divisions successfully having massive response from the youth. The purpose of the Divisional Meet was to integrate the youth from different parts of Bangladesh and involve them into the national development process-Vision 2021. In the spot of each event, there was ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award Zone’ for collecting success stories, ‘CV Drop Zone’ for Vision 2021 Internship in several ministries, 'Registration booth' for getting membership of ‘Young Bangla’, 'Information centre' for meeting the queries of the participants, 'Innovation Zone' for showcasing. All the initiatives are actually step towards finding out hidden talent from the country. Huge responses from people of all ages indicate the success of ‘Divisional Meet’ endeavors.
Youth Voices in Politics & Development
CRI organized Policy Café on ‘Youth in Community Development’ on 11th February, 2015 with the honorable ICT Advisor to the Prime Minister Mr. Sajeeb Wazed Joy, five distinguished panelists and more than 120 representatives from different youth organizations all over the country who work for community development participated in that event. Major aim of this Policy Café was to bring out the role and contribution of youth in community development process in front of policy planners. Aims include to search the channels through which a network along with policy guidance could be provided to the youth, and to map a way forward how their works could be up-scaled in a strategic way. Participants shared their experience of community work, what areas of work get more priority when they work, what they want to do for the betterment of the community, what are the challenges they face and their expectation from government to accelerate their endeavors. The future leader of the nation Sajeeb Wazed Joy appreciated the great work done by the youth, patiently listened to all the expectations, suggestions, and queries and promised to extend his support to fulfill many of their expectations.
In the inaugural event of Young Bangla, there was an interactive discussion on “Youth Engagement in Vision 2021” with Sajeeb Wazed Joy, panel members and young social activists. Countrywide young social activists and leaders express their expectations and suggestions towards making this platform a comprehensive one for the youth. They expect that this platform would work as a facilitating platform for the youth to take care the most important areas like education for all, encourage domestic technology, fund and registration for youth organizations, steps towards a clean Bangladesh, developing ICT sector, stop early marriage of girls and many more. Youth achievers were overwhelmed when Mr. Sajeeb Wazed stated that ‘Young Bangla’ is going to be youth’s own platform, an avenue to raise their voice, an opportunity to bridge a network between government and youth leaders, a scope to get recognition nationally and internationally.
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