May 14, 2018 | Issue 09


Bangladesh: Education for All

Joy Bangla Concert

On 7 March 2018, Young Bangla, the youth platform of Centre for Research and Information (CRI), organized the Joy Bangla concert for the fourth time to pay a rich tribute to the historic 7 March, 1971 speech by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The concert, held at the Army Stadium in Dhaka, sought to inspire the youth with the messages and the spirit of the 7 March speech, featured leading bands of Bangladesh like Powersurge, Arbovirus, Shunno, Nemesis, Cryptic Fate, Lalon, Chirkutt and Artcell. Joy Bangla Concert celebrated the spirit of liberation through the revolutionary songs of Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, which were performed by all eight bands. The day started with an orchestral rendition of the national anthem, “Amar Shonar Bangla”, by a musical team from the leading performance arts school of the country, Chayanot. Apart from their favorite and hit scores, each of the bands also performed at least one patriotic song from the liberation struggle era of Bangladesh.



Let’s Talk with Sajeeb Wazed

On 15th April, 2018 Centre for Research and Information (CRI) organized the 19th session of its flagship event, ‘Let’s Talk’ with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina – Mr. Sajeeb Wazed. This session of “Let’s Talk” was divided into three segments – Bangladesh Graduation from a Least Developing Country (LDC) to a Developing Country (DC), Digital Bangladesh, Youth Development and Contemporary Bangladesh. Similar to the previous “Let’s Talk” sessions, this event also aimed to facilitate open dialogues between a top politicians or policymaker and members of the young generation to share their views on national development.

CRI Celebrates Father of the Nation’s Birth Anniversary and Children’s Day

Centre for Research and Information (CRI) for the third year in a row, has organized an interactive event mark the 98th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, Dhaka. The main attraction at the event was a comic contest held from 10am to 1pm where a total of 30 youths from different schools and higher education institutions participated. CRI Trustee and chief guest Radwan Mujib Siddiq handed over crests and awards among the top six participants. Alongside, a quiz contest based on the life and work of Sheikh Mujib was also held while top three winners were also awarded with gifts.

Orientation and Certificate Giving Ceremony for the interns of “Vision 2021 internship” with MoPEMR

CRI-Young Bangla organized ‘Orientation and Certificate Giving Ceremony’ for the interns of “Vision 2021 internship Programme” who worked, and are getting ready to start work, as interns with the Ministry of Power, Energy and mineral resources, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. CRI Trustee and Honorable State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid MP was present as the Chief Guest. Among others, Power Secretary Ahmed Kaikaus, DG Power Cell Mohammed Hossain, PDB Chairman Khaled Mahmud, spoke throughout the event. Current and former interns conjointly spoke and shared their experiences and expectations.

Kormoshopan Pataton (KSP) Career Camp

Addressing the present job market of Bangladesh, Kormoshopan Pataton (KSP) career camp aims at facilitating training in 64 districts of the country as a guide to career readiness and employability skills to impart need-based guidance for the entry-level job seekers. KSP camps are one of the very own initiative of CRI- Young Bangla which will be starting from May 2018. CRI- Young Bangla will organize four career camps in Chattogram, Rangpur, Barishal and Sylhet conjointly with aamra Companies. Each camp will be held for 2 and half days (non-residential). The first camp will be held in Chattogram at District Council Auditorium from 10-12 May 2018.

Publications and Creative Contents


Bangladesh Leading in Women Empowerment

Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in empowering women under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; the country is regarded as an example for the empowerment of women in the world. The government has initiated various programmes and projects for the development of women making it’s a crucial aspect of the government’s overall vision. This publication looks in to her government’s efforts to ensure women’s development through participation in socioeconomic activities and remove various impediments to their empowerment.

Social Security in Bangladesh

This publication explores government’s safety net policy and programs that have to a large extent solved the problem of poverty and vulnerability of a section of the population. In the last 8 years, allocation for social protection, both in terms of coverage and amount, has been increased manifold by the government. This publication also covers the steps taken in improving the social security in Bangladesh, which were some of the driving factors behind the country achieving the middle income country status in graduation from and Least Developing Country status to a Developing Country in 2018.

Prime Minister Standing up for the Women of Bangladesh

As Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accepts yet another international award for role in empowering women in Bangladesh, this time the Global Women's Leadership Award at the Global Summit of Women in Sydney, CRI in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks at some of the steps and efforts undertaken by her Government in ensuring gender equality and women empowerment from 2009 to 2018. This video presentation has been screened at the Global Women's Leadership Award at the Global Summit of Women in Sydney.

Bangladesh Graduates from LDC to DC

Bangladesh has become a lower-middle income country, fulfilling the World Bank’s Gross National Income per capita (GNI) requirement. In less than 3 years, Bangladesh is on course to joining the group of developing countries after being an LDC since 1975. In 2018 – For the first time United Nations recognized Bangladesh as a Developing Country (DC). Bangladesh has met all three criteria for completing the process of the graduation, which has begun with the announcement of country’s eligibility for getting out to the middle-income group from the LDC category.

Bangladesh’s Digital Revolution

Over the last nine years, Bangladesh witnessed a strong surge of growth in most of the development indices-spanning from the economy to human and social development. Powered by the Awami League Government’s Vision 2021, Bangladesh achieved a middle income country status in 2015 and a Developing Country status in 2018. One of the key tools for achieving Vision 2021 was the earmarking of the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ approach, the brainchild of ICT Adviser to the Prime Minister Sajeeb Wazed, to utilize the usage of ICT as a tool for development and sustainability.

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