The two-day English Olympiad Grand Finale 2020 was held at United International University (UIU) campus in the capital on January 9-10.
On the first day of this event, Hon’ble Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury MP inaugurated this ceremonious event.
As the keynote speaker, Dr Atiur Rahman, the 10th Governor of Bangladesh Bank and brand ambassador of English Olympiad, introduced the opening ceremony emphasising the needs of leadership and how Bangladesh has been enriched with the contributions of the youths.
Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, chairman of Padma Bank Ltd. and the chief guest for the second day of the event, handed over the cheques to the winners.
Mohammad Aman Ullah, the chief organiser of English Olympiad, Prof Dr Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, vice-chancellor of UIU, Solaiman Shukhon, head of Market Development of NAGAD, Prof Sukanta Bhattacharjee of the English Department at University of Chittagong, Associate Prof SM Arifuzzaman, head of the School of Business at the Canadian University of Bangladesh, and M Nayeem Hossain, president of Nagarik Dhaka, also addressed at this event.
Out of 50,000 participants from 8 divisions and 30 districts in the country, 380 finalists were selected through a rigorous assessing system for the Grand Finale. Of these 380 finalists, three participants from each of the six groups were selected for the face-off with the judges’ panel consisting of five professional adjudicators on the stage.
Top three contestants from the six groups received prize money of a total Tk 3,00,000 and the rest of the participants received golden medals and gifts with respective ranks in divisional and district levels. Furthermore, all of the grand finalists were awarded the Certificate of Recognition and 4C Band-score.
The guests present at the event were: Tina F Zabin, investment advisor to Startup Bangladesh at the ICT Division; Tanvir Shahriar Rimon, CEO of Rangs FC Properties Ltd; Emran Hossain, prominent Singer; Dr Mosharraf Hossain FCA, Member Life at IDRA Ministry of Finance; Dr Prashanta Kumar Banarjee, director of Research and Development at BIBM; Prof. Gautam Roy, curriculum specialist at SESIP; Md Parvez Sajjad Chowdhury, curriculum specialist at NCTB; and Md Nasir Uddin, curriculum specialist at SESIP, among others.
The winners were: Mubassira Ibnat (Darland International School, Dhaka), Zaima Jahin Wara (William Carey Academy, Chittagong) and Omera Fidan (Cantonment English School and College, Chittagong) from Kids group; Misbah Uddin Inan (Chattogram Cantonment Public College, Chittagong), Khalilullah (Khulna Zilla School, Khulna) and Rudaina Haque (Paramount School and College, Rajshahi) from Small Starts group; Mehnoor Shamima Haque (Chattogram Cantonment Public College, Chittagong), Madhurzo Rahman (Mymensingh Girls Cadet College, Mymensingh) and Rawshan Tabassum Jaima (Mymensingh Girls Cadet College, Mymensingh) from Juniors group; Tahia Aswad Arony (The Millennium Stars School And College), Rangpur, Zaid Ekram (Mangrove School, Dhaka) and Muntasir Monowar (Jhenidah Cadet College, Jhenidah) from High Flyers group; Rifah Tasnia Shuprova (Scholars Home, Sylhet), Nafeesah Tasneemah (Sylhet Government College, Sylhet) and Ziaul Haque (Barishal Cadet College, Barishal) from Trailblazers group; Rahagir Salekeen (Khulna University, Khulna), Mirza Ifat Noor (RUET, Rajshahi) and Progga Paromita Bose (University of Barisal, Barisal) from Seniors group.
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