Bangladesh Adolescents’ Conference 2018 Held
‘Bangladesh Kishore-Kishori (adolescents) Shommelon 2018’, a national conference of adolescents, was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on 21 October 2018. Finance Minister Mr Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, MP, was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session of the conference organised by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). Presided over by PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, the inaugural session was graced by Ms Naznin Sultana, a member of the PKSF Governing Body, as the Guest of Honour. Mr Md Abdul Karim, Managing Director of PKSF gave the vote of thanks while Deputy Managing Director (Program) of PKSF Mr Md Fazlul Kader spoke on the future plan on developing the cultural values of the youths of the country.
The Finance Minister, in his speech, said though the poverty rate in Bangladesh has decreased significantly, there are still 30 million people in the country living below the poverty line and 10 million of them are ultra-poor. To ensure the development of these people and to bring down the poverty rate below 10 percent, the Government should continue with its development activities for the next 7 to 10 years, stated Mr Muhith. He also said that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman emphasized on proper utilization of the human resources of the country to rebuild a war-torn country. The adolescents of today will uphold the spirit of Bangabandhu to help Bangladesh continue the development march and emerge as a developed nation by 2041, the Finance Minister added.
Terming inclusiveness as a pre-requisite to sustainable development, PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said PKSF programs and projects are designed and implemented in such a way that no one is left out of the development purview. ‘Dignity for all’ is the overarching objective of the PKSF interventions. ‘Bangladesh Kishore-Kishori Shommelon 2018’ has been arranged as part of its inclusive development programs, he said, adding that this particular program will help to build a nation enriched in its own traditions and cultural values.
Mr Md Abdul Karim, Managing Director of PKSF, said that PKSF has taken up various programs to address the life-cycle-based needs of people. As part of inclusive development program for sustainable poverty alleviation, PKSF is implementing ‘Cultural and Sports Program’, designed in light of the grand initiative of Bangabandhu to build future leadership through formulating the Children Act. The PKSF Managing Director hoped that today’s adolescents will take forward the unprecedented achievements of Bangladesh in economic, social and human development indices
Mr Md Fazlul Kader, Deputy Managing Director (Program) of PKSF said that there is no alternative to developing cultural values for sustainable socio-economic development of the country. He shared the future plans of PKSF’s ‘Cultural and Sports Program’ to equip the adolescents with necessary values to cope with the challenges of the days ahead. Mr Md Fazlul Kader also highlighted the tremendous responses the program received at the grassroots level within just two years of inception, and said that this program will create a strong foundation to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla, a prosperous Bangladesh.
A total of 710 adolescents — selected from 100,000 participants from 11,000 educational institutions across the country — participated in the conference. They took an oath to work for the welfare of the country as well as for humanity. PKSF Chairman Dr QK Ahmad administered the oath. An adolescent girl, a boy and a teacher also spoke in the program. A workshop on leadership skills and ethics was held in the second session of the daylong conference.
Mr Md Ashadul Islam, Secretary, Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance, was present as the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the conference while eminent litterateur Selina Hossain was as the Special Guest.
The conference ended with a cultural program in the presence of, among others, Hon’ble Cultural Affairs Minister Mr Asaduzzaman Noor, MP. Adolescents from different regions of the country performed in the cultural evening.