Youths should avoid the path of extremism, violence and drug addiction in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous country, said speakers at a summit yesterday.
Today's youngsters are the changemakers. They have enough potential to change the country entirely, they added.
Youth Club of Bangladesh, a voluntary organisation, in association with Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), an NGO, arranged the National Youth Leadership Summit at IDEB auditorium in the capital.
MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam inaugurated the summit, where about 250 students from various institutions took part. The aim of the event was to grow leadership skills among youngsters.
“Our generation led the country to achieve independence… Now, it is your turn to take the lead for further development,” said Anam, addressing the youths.
About violence against women, the rights activist said, “Women in the country still face domestic violence. If we cannot stop violence at our homes, then how can we address others'
The MJF executive director also said
the overall development of Bangladesh will not be ensured if the country's marginalised and underprivileged people -- like the residents of hill tracts and char areas -- are left behind.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Khandker Lutful Kabir said, “Youth is power. They can shape the future of Bangladesh. Each of them is a changemaker.”
The youth club President Arefin Rahman Himel and Secretary General Sanzida Zaman, among others, spoke at the programme.