Cultural and Sports Programme
As part of inclusive intiatives for sustainable poverty alleviation and beyond-poverty development, PKSF is implementing the `Cultural and Sports Programme’ for children and young people. The Programme patronizes and promotes school-based activities to raise cultural affinity and sportsmanship among the youths.
By involving youth in sports and cultural activites, the Programme aims to create awareness against crimes like terrorism, social ills like harassing women, drug abuse, and violence against women.
The Programme started in March 2016 with 10 Partner Organisations (POs) initially. Having seen its positive effects on poverty alleviation, visible benefits and programme progress, the PKSF Chairman at a national conference held in March 2017 announced expansion of the programme across the country. In light of the organisations’ interest and capacity, 50 more POs were thus included in the programme in July 2017.
The Programme expenses are being borne jointly by PKSF and its POs concerned. PKSF bears 60% of the total cost while the POs bear the rest. The PKSF portion of the money comes from its Special Fund and Programmes-Support Fund and POs bear their part using 10% of surplus of their credit programmes.
The total budget of the Programme is BDT 8.15 crore. The following cultural activities are listed for implementation under the Programme: drawing, hand writing, wall magazine, essay writing, recitation, story-telling, Tagore and Nazrul songs, folk songs, regional songs, acting, dance and debate competition. The sports activities, on the other hand, include table tennis, football, cricket, handball, volleyball, badminton, chess, kabadi, swimming, sprint, sack-race, cow cart racing, boat racing, mini marathon, cycling and other local traditional sports. Each PO has assigned a competent person as the Focal Person to carry out the Programme interventions. Most POs also have a Field Organiser to implement the Programme at the field level.
SIGNING OF MoU
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between PKSF and Zhumzhumi, a monthly magazine for teenagers on August, 20, 2016. Under the agreement, Zhumzhumi will publish paint work, essays, poetries and short stories written by the students of PKSF working areas. It will also publish different write up on country’s history, culture and National Days.
To implement the field activities, the Cultural and Sports Programme has published a guideline title ‘ Implementation Guidline’ for the support of focal person and programme organisers. The 46-page guideline contains strategies and detailed instructions for implementing cultural and sports programme in field level. Besides a 36-pages Photo Album and 21-minutes video documentary titled “ Jagiye Uthilo Pran” on different sports and cultural events prople has also published from the Sports and Cultaure unit og PKSF.
NATIONAL CONVENTION ON CULTURAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMME
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) arranged a national convention on its Cultural and Sports Programme on March 23, 2017 at PKSF auditorium. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, Hon’ble Minister for Cultural Affairs, graced the programme as the chief guest. Dr. Shree Biren Sikder, MP, Hon’ble State Minister for Youth & Sports, was present as the special guest. The convention was chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, PKSF. Many government high-ups, officials of PKSF and its Partner Organisations (POs), officials of development agencies, journalists and other stakeholders attended the convention. Mr. Md. Fazlul Kader, Deputy Managing Director (Programme), PKSF gave a presentation on Cultural and ports Programme which was followed by a documentary film.
WORKSHOP ON FIELD LEVEL IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES
A workshop on Field Level Implementing Strategies of Cultural and Sports Programme was held on July 24, 2017 at PKSF Bhaban. A total of 110 Focal Person and Programme Organisers of 60 Partner Organisations were present in the day-long workshop.
Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, the honorable Chairman of Palli Karma- Sahayak Foundation, Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, honorable Managing Director of PKSF and Mr. Md. Fazlul Kader, Deputy Managing Director (Programme) were present at the inaugural session of the workshop. Mr. Abul Hasan Md. Abdul Qaiyum, Deputy General Manager (Programme), PKSF gave a presentation and discussed strategies for Cultural and Sports Programme at the field level.