UNV, UNDP Bangladesh under the banner of Youthopia.bangla along with Radio Shadhin 92.4FM organized the largest gathering of young activist, SDG Youth Carnival 2017 on this International Youth Day 2017 in Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh(KIB). Youth for Change Bangladesh got invited in the carnival as 6 members from the panel had completed 3 capacity building café sessions previously in last three months organized by Youthopia.bangla. I represented my team, Youth for Change Bangladesh in the event.
The program started at 12p.m. There were hundreds of young people from different organizations. There were some renowned musicians and actors of Bangladesh. Besides young people enjoyed the show of other young singers, musicians and also beatboxers. The venue had several gaming zones for entertainment.
The program started with young people telling success stories of their organizations and initiatives on promoting youth of Bangladesh. Around 12-15 organizations got the opportunity to share their thoughts and activities. Youth for change was one of them. I shared the experience of our journey from the very beginning to the recent initiatives we have been taking. After the presentation, I got huge response from the other young people present there. They showed interest in Youth for Change and many of them wanted to work in coalition.
In between the story sharing sessions, 6 organizations led by young people were awarded for extraordinary contribution in promoting youth in Bangladesh. Youth for Change received the award for upholding a youth led movement against gender based violence in Bangladesh. The award was received by me from Fabio Rodriguez, Project Coordinator, UNDP-UNV Bangladesh.
After the award giving ceremony there were cultural shows with the presence of some media superstars of Bangladesh. An SDG game took place afterwards where 16 young people from different organizations took part, I being one of them. The game was very informative as well as entertaining.
At the last part of the event there was a question answer session with some special guests. Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh, Md Ashadul Islam, Secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Fakrul Ahsan, SDG Expert and Project Advisor, UNDP Bangladesh and Sara Zaker, Executive Vice President of Asiatic 360 were there to answer the questions raised by young people. Questions were raised on youth participation and involvement in UN and govt policy making activities. Some National issues like Rampal Power Plan and Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 were also raised. The guests tried to reply every question raised by the youth in that dialogue session. One of the guests termed the misuse of Child Marriage Restraint Act as “vital” and said that it needed more investigation.”