Some of the contestants of the first round of the nationwide quiz contest on Bangladesh, “Rin presents Bangladesh First – powered by Standard Chartered Bank”, in St Joseph Higher Secondary School at Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday. The contest was launched by The Daily Star and e-learning portal champs21.com in the country's seven divisional cities. Photo: Star
The first round of “Rin presents Bangladesh First – powered by Standard Chartered Bank”, a nationwide quiz contest on Bangladesh launched by The Daily Star and e-learning portal champs21.com, was held in the country's seven divisional cities.
In the round, 8,000 students of classes VI to X from 80 champs21.com partner Bangla and English medium schools answered multiple choice questions (MCQ).
In Dhaka, 4,000 students of 40 schools competed in two shifts at St Joseph Higher Secondary School of Mohammadpur. The next largest participation was in Chittagong where 800 students flocked to Chittagong Government High School in Chawkbazar.
The other venues were Government Agragami Girls' High School and College in Zindabazar, Sylhet; Rajshahi Collegiate School in Shaheb Bazar, Rajshahi; Khulna Zila School, Khulna; Barisal Zila School, Barisal; and Rangpur Zila School, Rangpur.
Comprising two other rounds, namely oral and TV rounds, the contest, Bangladesh First, focuses on facts and figures on Bangladesh's history, heritage, culture, tradition, literature etc and upholds the importance of having extensive knowledge on Bangladesh as a country.
Those who pass yesterday's MCQ round will have to take an oral test, to be conducted by a jury panel from September 14 to 21. A total of 128 contestants will then be selected for the TV round, scheduled to be aired by Maasranga TV from late October.
Russell T Ahmed, CEO of champs21.com, was present at the Dhaka centre.