Bangladesh Center for Communication Program (BCCP) in association with North South University (NSU) hosted the seminar “Towards a better future” at Hotel Summer Palace, Dhaka on August 9. This seminar was one of the three organised for the private universities NSU, East West University and University of Liberal Arts by BCCP.
The event started off as the guests took their seats at 3:30pm. The program was attended by NSU's top 30 students selected from the initial 100 participants, based on the evaluation of their performances throughout the Student Leadership Development (SLD) Workshop organised earlier by BCCP at the university premises. The event was also attended by Pro-Vice Chancellor of NSU, Professor A.N.M. Meshquat Uddin; Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir; Professor Dr. Mehtab Khanam as guest speakers as well as various religious leaders, selected government and community representatives.
The program was conducted by Anish Barua who welcomed everyone to the event aimed at fostering inspiration and commitment. The Assistant Director (Program) of BCCP, Meher Afroze, recapitulated the entire process of the workshop series for the audience, beginning from the selection of students, to the series of six theme based workshops and finally the outcome of top 10 youth leaders among the selected 100.
Professor A.N.M. Meshquat Uddin was then invited on stage to share his outlook on the entire process. Congratulating the top 10 on their success, he said, “A leader is responsible for bringing about a positive change in each and every individual of a community. I would like to thank BCCP for successfully drawing out the youth leaders from all the three private universities and hope that with their small steps they can some day bring about a big change.”
Guest speaker Muhammad Zamir said, “I ask of the youth leaders today to move forward with determination and perseverance, but when you do, remember to carry others forward with you. Multiply the leadership in yourself through your actions in the community by ten times.”
The guest speakers along with Meher Afroze and Program Director of BCCP, Yasmin Khan, were called upon stage to present badges to the top 10 -- Antar Naimul Kabir, Aydha Mehnaz, Ifrana Ahmed, Kingbadantee Sabir, Md. Ashraful Alam, Md. Rakibul Islam, Murtaz Zahid, Priyanjit Mazumder, Sarkar Shimanto Haque and Zedda Jahan.
This was followed by a few presentations and a video from the top 10 for the audience. The first presentation, titled “Exposure and inspiration generated by the SLD workshops within us”, reflected upon the initiation of the top 10 into the SLD workshop series and their learning based on each of the theme based sessions. This was followed by an inspirational video covering prominent changes brought about in the top 30 by the SLD workshops. Finally, a second presentation covered the projects taken up by a few among the top 30 as a result of being inspired by the SLD workshops. This included a safe blood donation program, a papaya farming project as an action plan against adulterated food, iftar for the disabled and needy during Ramadan and many more.
The audience was then invited for a short gallery walk where the top 10 walked them through photographs of the entire journey: initiation, work process and finally, the outcomes. The event concluded with a session of feedback from the audience. One of the guests, Hosne Ara Hossain, a volunteer at 'Proyash' -- a foundation for children with special needs -- said, “I request BCCP to spread this wave of motivation created by the workshops among everybody and to not remain limited to only private universities.”