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Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide in School Leadership
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Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide in School Leadership

Four urban educators — Al Mansoor Helal, Mahmudul Hassan Tareq, Shahinur Selim, and Hasibur Rahman Sohan, all graduates of leading universities — began their journey as Residents in a one-year programme called the School Leadership Residency, in Panchagarh, run by Teach For Bangladesh, in 2018.

  • Gorur Ghash: Where fashion meets comedy

    Gorur Ghash, an online clothing and apparel store, stands out with their catchy name and fusion of comedy with fashion. Nahiyan Naser, Director of Operations, Ali Sakhi Khan, Director of Finance and Fahim Islam Shetab, Director of Procurement, are the three young men behind this brand. Gorur Ghash gained prominence in 2018, mainly through their in-house videos.

  • AZOWA: Empowering female artisans

    AZOWA is a sustainable social business platform and sister concern of AMAL Foundation that aims to showcase products made by female artisans in rural areas of Bangladesh. The women working under this project are provided with proper training in many required skills at AMAL Foundation’s Rowshan Ara Women’s Skill Centre at Sonpocha, Bogura.

  • New hope for Asian Giant Tortoises

    Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA), a government registered nonprofit organisation centered on environmental conservation, and the Bangladesh Forest Department, bred land tortoises in captivity, for the first time in Bangladesh’s history.

  • IPDC facilitates Bangladeshi youth’s participation at HIPAIR Harvard College Conference

    Corporate sponsorship to help prospective youths attend global seminars and workshops is quite rare in Bangladesh.

  • On winning the DLA Piper Global Scholarship

    Sabiha Mehzabin Oishee and Kalyan Chakroborty, two meritorious students from the Department of Law at North South University (NSU), are the first ever Bangladeshis to receive the prestigious DLA Piper Global Scholarship.

  • Rafat Nur’s projects to help the underprivileged community

    Rafat Nur, a graduate of National University of Bangladesh, runs Chobi’r Haat, an organisation comprised of close to 28 young artists who sell their artworks and use the money to provide food and healthcare services to slum dwellers.

  • Umbrellas to the rescue

    The Lal Sabuj Society (LSS) is distributing free umbrellas to rickshaw pullers all around Barishal, in the scorching heat.

  • Proborton’s Eid festival for the underprivileged

    Proborton celebrated Eid festivals in Dhaka, Rangpur and Ulipur, with over 300 students. In Uripur, more than 400 people were served with food to mark the occasion. A henna festival was also organised. The students were delighted to have new clothes and put on henna. They were also shown educational videos and issues such as child marriage and child labour were discussed with their parents.

  • Hashir Dokan: Shohomormita Foundation’s heart-warming initiative on Eid

    Shohomormita Foundation took an initiative to make this Eid a happy one for the underserved communities with their Hashir Dokhan in five points of Savar including the national Martyrs’ Memorial. The open shop sold clothes for children for one taka, or even in exchange of anything they have. The initiative started from the tenth of Ramadan. The shop had time slots where they are sold Eid groceries, including sugar, shemai, rice and spices for one taka. Parvez Hasan is founder of Shohomormita Foundation, which currently has 121 volunteers.

  • Cartoon People Comics

    Cartoon People Comics

  • NEARS organises discussion on sexual and reproductive health

    NEARS Bangladesh, in collaboration with Marie Stopes and Plan International Bangladesh, organised a discussion on the dispersion of

  • Maliha Tanjum Chowdhury on winning the Wellcome Sanger Institute Prize

    Maliha Tanjum Chowdhury, a third-year Biochemistry student from IUB, is the first Bangladeshi ever to win the Wellcome Sanger Institute Prize.

  • Potter Bibi: Promoting Bangladeshi culture and fashion

    Potter Bibi is an online shopping site serving products that are made in Bangladesh. The name, Potter Bibi, refers to the Bangla idiom,

  • KOTHA: Addressing sexual violence at its core

    Twenty-three year-old Umama Zillur, a graduate from Mount Holyoke College, founded KOTHA, a primary intervention programme that addresses the attitudes, behaviours, and conditions that support, condone and lead to sexual violence, in 2016. Developed under the Clinton Global Initiative

  • Youth Opportunities

    Becoming a Rising Star is an opportunity for women of Asian nationality to further develop their professional and leadership skills. We do believe that any woman who strives to reach her full potential should have the opportunity to do so.

  • Shokkhom In pursuit of eradicating poverty

    Shokkhom, a wing of OBHIZATRIK Foundation, was introduced in 2016 on a small scale with two hand-pulled rickshaw vans for selling vegetables. “The major target of introducing Shokkhom is to utilise zakat funds strategically as donations for social development,” says Ahmed Imtiaz Jami

  • Maliha Tanjum Chowdhury on winning the Wellcome Sanger Institute Prize

    Maliha Tanjum Chowdhury, a third-year Biochemistry student from IUB, is the first Bangladeshi ever to win the Wellcome Sanger Institute Prize. The Wellcome Sanger Institute is one of the biggest genetics research institutes in the world. 480 students from across 135 countries participated in this year’s competition. One of Maliha’s faculty members informed her about the opportunity and inspired her to participate in the programme. Despite her nervousness, her hard work in the competition truly paid off.

  • Poter Bibi: Promoting Bangladeshi culture and fashion

    Potter Bibi is an online shopping site serving products that are made in Bangladesh. The name, Potter Bibi, refers to the Bangla idiom, Shushojitto Thaka (staying adorned).

  • Md Mamunur Rashid on Shaping the Youth with Empathy Education

    Md Mamunur Rashid, a lecturer at BRAC institute of Languages at BRAC University, leads a project that focuses on empathy education. The project received International Recognition at the 20th Committee on Teaching about the United Nations Conference at the UN in April 2019. This is an annual recognition to those educators who have demonstrated the ability to inspire their students to collaborate, brainstorm and implement a plan successfully across all domains of learning on selected UN topics and global issues.

  • The proud brothers of DOTA 2 Bangladesh

    Mohammad Aiman “Len” Iqbal and Zunnun “Jin” Iqbal, known as two of the most popular professional DOTA 2 players today, also hold the prestigious positions in the SEA server as two of the top 1,500 players. They have been playing the game for over six years. They have played for one of most successful professional DOTA 2 teams of Bangladesh, The Council, for a long time. The last tournament Aiman played with The Council was The Local Cup Season 1, where they were the winners.

  • Serving happiness to the underprivileged this Ramadan

    Under Bidyanondo Foundation’s programme, ‘Ek Takay Ahar’ hundreds of street dwelling children, beggars, elderly people and physically and mentally

  • Taking The Flourist forward

    A Communication Design graduate from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Mufrad Zafar took up advertising for a few years after returning to Dhaka. Soon, he realised that he was not really drawn to the profession and he needed to venture into a career path that was creative and satisfying.

  • UN SDG Action Awards

    The UN SDG Action Awards, organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign, was held from May 2-4, 2019 at Martin Luther-King Strasse in Bonn, Germany. The event is hosted every year to celebrate individuals, civil society organisations, local governments and change-makers who are taking transformative action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across a range of categories.

  • ”Be passionate about what you learn” – Dr Neelima Yeasmin

    Dr Neelima Yeasmin has always been academically brilliant. So, when she topped the 39th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Examination, it was not much of a surprise for her friends and family.

  • Youth Opportunities

    The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative is led by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) in collaboration with the Coordinating

  • From the balcony to the beauty biz

    Sabikun Nahar had an interest in hairdressing from a young age. She completed her training in unisex hairstyling from Sydney School of Hairdressing- Toni&Guy Education in Australia.

  • Taking the leap

    Surovi Binte Sharmin Mohona recently completed her undergraduate education from North South University in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She was selected for a five-year PhD fellowship at Loyola University, Chicago, USA, soon after she finished her undergraduate thesis.

  • Jaifrin Ahmed’s journey to BAKED

    Jaifrin Ahmed, a business graduate from North South University, won the Alokito Nari Shommanona this year for her entrepreneurial

  • YY Goshti: Making waves in social business

    Considered as Bangladesh’s first social business incubator, YY Goshti was started with the mission to provide social business entrepreneurs with all the resources that they need.

  • BYLC awards six alumni

    Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) handed over awards to the six leaders at its second alumni awards ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital, said a press release.

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