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12:00 AM, January 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 25, 2019

Leading children towards individualism and independence

Based in Barishal, Lal Shobuj Society started in 2010 with their monthly magazine Mashik Lal Shobuj. Later in 2015, the existing members decided to take a leap and work on the issues children face at school and home.

“When I was in eighth grade, I was punished very badly at school once for someone else's mistake. To express my agony and disappointment, I wrote an essay and my aunt read it,” shared Tahsin Uddin, the founder and president of the society. “She said that I should come up with a magazine where young people can express their thoughts. After five years, we thought of extending the magazine and forming an organisation which would work to eliminate problems faced by young people. We are now a group of 47 young people who aim to improve children's lives in Barishal.” 

Lal Shobuj Society is currently working on Project Aparajita -- an initiative to furnish children with the weapon of self-defense through free karate training sessions. As of now, they are working with 15 schools and colleges. Under this project, cycling lessons are also offered, especially for young girls, so that they find it easier to travel.

To help children who cannot afford additional coaching classes, the volunteers of Lal Shobuj Society arrange free coaching classes thrice a week under their scheme, Shobuj Paatshala. 

 Furthermore, to give children a platform for their voice and introduce them to the history of Bangladesh, they organise a competition annually where the attendees can write letters to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Over 1300 students from Barishal have participated in this competition since its initiation. Lal Shobuj Society also organises English camps where various sessions to improve spoken, listening, reading, and writing skills of children are conducted. Under the project Shuddho Ovijaan, they also help kids in spelling Bangla words. 

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