HerStory Foundation has launched the first edition of the year-long program “HerStory Reading Fellowship”.
The program that aims to change mindsets about gender and opportunity as well as nurture respect between the sexes through storytelling and discussion was launched on Friday, September 6, 2019, according to a press release issued in this regard.
Twenty students from partner higher education institutions and leadership programs were welcomed into the program by Zareen Mahmud Hosein, founder and executive director of the foundation, Nishat Mazumder, first female Bangladeshi Everest summiteer and the HerStory team.
The members will receive training in performance, storytelling, motivational leadership, future-studies as well as classroom-management. Throughout the year they will visit the respective classrooms and adolescent clubs to bring to life “THE INCREDIBLE READ-ALOUD” of HerStories: The Adventures of Supergirls.
HerStory Readers will be placed in classrooms of Jaago Foundation, Leaping Boundaries, Teach For Bangladesh and Terre Des Hommes Italia adolescent clubs throughout Dhaka city, as well as several local schools.
The Fellowship is made possible with the support of IPDC Finance and Standard Chartered, as a means of promoting gender equality. Hashi Khushi, an innovative, healthy snack fortified with twenty-three vitamins and minerals, will be served to the listeners during The Incredible Read Aloud sessions.
A residential training will take place from September 12-14 in Savar, during which the 20 Readers will work with a theater coach and educationists to prepare for their first round of readings.
The readings will begin in the first week of October and carry on until the summer of 2020.