Youth Opportunities and IPDC Finance Limited recently arranged an essay competition titled, 'Write to Fight Post COVID-19 Era', a national writing competition for Bangladesh's Recovery Idea and Plan: Youth Perspective. The competition aimed to give the youth a platform to raise their voices and present their ideas and recommendations to the policymakers.
"The youth share many of their brilliant and impactful ideas and recommendations on social media. Unfortunately, those never reach the policymakers," shares Osama Bin Noor, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Youth Opportunities. "We aimed to provide a platform where their voices can be heard by the policymakers, so that they can include the recommendations in their action plans."
The competition focused on ten thematic areas, including protecting migrant workers and flow of remittance, ensuring agricultural sustainability, promoting young employment and job creation, strengthening the healthcare system, reviving exports and safeguarding women employment and empowerment among others.
The submitted essays suggested ways to tackle the current hurdles and considered both short-term and long-term implications of different policies and regulations. The Youth Opportunities team plans to send the recommendations to respective organisations to incorporate them into the action plans.
The judging panel included Sonia Bashir Kabir, Founder, SBK Tech Ventures and SBK Foundation, Shariful Hasan, Head of Migration Programme, BRAC, Arpeeta Shams Mizan, Assistant Professor, University of Dhaka, Tina Jabeen, CEO & Managing Director, Startup Bangladesh Limited ICT Division and Dr Abdun Noor Tushar, physician and media personality, among others.
A total of 1,217 submissions with more than 6000 recommendations from over 227 institutions across the country were received for the competition.
The competition started back in May and ended in July. On September 5, a virtual prize-giving ceremony was arranged to award the winners.
Champions of each group received a research grant of BDT 10,000 from IPDC Finance Limited and internship opportunities at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.