Mehedi, a student of class 2 from a primary school in Dhaka's Islampur area, was elated to see characters from the popular children's TV series Sisimpur live on the stage.
Fun activities and educational presentations kept thousands of children engrossed, who gathered at the central playground of Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC) yesterday, marking World Children's Day 2018 (on November 20).
Organised by Unicef Bangladesh, goodwill ambassadors of the organisation – actress Moushumi, magician Jewel Aich and cricketer Taskin Ahmed – attended the programme.
On the sidelines of the main celebration was a fair where different organisations, including BD Kids TV, Sisimpur, Meena Cartoon, Hatekhori (an app to learn to read and write Bangla alphabets) and a travelling museum of National Museum of Science and Technology participated.
Unicef Bangladesh representative Edouard Beigbeder gave the opening speech at the programme.
Welcoming everyone, Beigbeder said, “Unicef, as we know, is the agency which is trying to ensure needs of the children. The idea today is to have fun.”
Jewel Aich said, “There are good times as well as bad times in our life. To attain success, you have to dream big.”
Moushumi said to children, “You are the future of the country. You have to groom yourselves as good citizens.”
The celebration was a part of a series of programmes. There will be another event on November 20 where journalists will be honoured with Meena Award 2018 for reporting on child rights.
According to Unicef, some 262 million children and youth are still out of school while 5.4 million children die each year from mostly preventable causes before their fifth birthday.
Since 1950, the day is observed to promote welfare of children.