Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation on Friday awarded three top performing social enterprises, led by young people, for their innovations as startup ecosystem to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.
The event titled “Accelerator Bangladesh: National Dialogue to Foster the Startup Ecosystem in Bangladesh” was the closing of a three-day programme, jointly organised by UNDP and the Citi Foundation in association with the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The initiative is part of Youth Co:Lab, a platform for youth entrepreneurship in 18 countries across Asia-Pacific, including Bangladesh.
Earlier, nine startup teams participated in the two-day boot camp guided by the experts from different sectors and heightened their ideas and solutions on issues from education to renewable energy, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Among the nine, three were selected as the top on the closing day for their innovative solutions on literacy, waste management and community tourism.
These three will go to the next round of Asia Regional Summit which will be held in Vietnam in next year.
Additional Secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry ABM Ruhul Azad said the government is always supporting and creating opportunities for the young minds to take their ideas and passions and turn them into businesses.
He said Youth Co:Lab can be a platform for young people for learning and sharing across the border.
Citi Bangladesh Country Officer N Rajashekaran said youths are the future of a nation and are a vital force of change.
“Bangladesh has a huge demographic dividend which can take the country towards the path of progress. To harness the potential of these young people, globally the Citi Foundation has committed to invest $100 mn to make 500,000 youths employable by 2020 and providing expert guidance with support of 10,000 of Citi volunteers,” Rajashekaran said.
“Youth is the source of energy and today’s young people are tomorrow’s duty bearers for SDGs. It’s therefore essential we invest on youth effectively and sustainably so that the hidden talents of youth get the opportunities to showcase their talents. Youth Co:Lab is UNDP’s regional initiative to create that opportunity for young people in Bangladesh,” said Deputy Country Director, UNDP Kyoko Yokosuka.
Around 300 delegates which included government officials, private sector participants, NGOs, academia, social incubators, entrepreneurs, and young business leaders, and youth were present in the closing event, said a press release.
Chattogram, Sept 6 (UNB) – Urging all concerned to take education as service rather than business, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Thursday warned that trading with certificates in educational institutions will not be tolerated.
“Do not come profiting from education, if anyone does it, she/he will not survive,” the minister made the remarks while addressing the freshers’ Reception Program of Port City International University (PCIU) in the port city.
‘We do not take any institutions with difference and equal rights in every sector including job markets are in place’ Nahid said. “We no longer import brains, rather export those to other countries.”
Asked about Khaleda’s jailing, the minister said the ruling party is not responsible for filing the case for which Khaleda Zia is in jail. He reminded everyone the case was filed during caretaker government so it is caretaker government which (if) is responsible for it.
Founder of PCIU and Awami League Organising Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Nurul Anwar and pro vice- chancellor Dr Shirin Sharmin, among others, were present.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman on Thursday said now the literacy rate in the country is 72.9 percent which was 72.3 last year.
There are 3.35crore illiterate people in the country and the government will take programmes to make them literate, said the minister.
To remove illiteracy from the country, the Bureau of Non-Formal Education is implementing a basic education project among the 45lakh illiterate people of the 15-45 age group, he said.
Besides, the decision of introducing primary education up to class VIII is under scrutiny, said the minister adding that it will be implemented after finalising all the works and scrutiny.
Responding to a question whether Primary Education Completion (PEC) examinations will continue, the minister said the examinations of will continueas long as the government changes the decision.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – The results of the 39th Special Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination (MCQ type written) have been published.
A total 13, 219 candidates have come out successful for assistant surgeon post while 531 candidates for assistant dental surgeon post said a press release of BPSC (Bangladesh Public Service Commission).
The preliminary test of the 39th BCS (special) was held on August 3.
On April 8, BPSC published a circular seeking applications against 4,792 posts of physicians.
The results are available on the BPSC website www.bpsc.gov.bd.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) - In Bangladesh, 35 per cent students aged 13 to 15 years reported being bullied one or more days in the past 30 days and/or involved in a physical fight at least once in 2014, reports Unicef.
Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide - around 150 million - report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by Unicef on Thursday.
An Everyday Lesson: #ENDviolence in Schools says that peer violence – measured as the number of children who report of having been bullied in the last month or having been involved in a physical fight in the last year – is a pervasive part of young people’s education around the world. It impacts student learning and well-being in rich and poor countries alike.
Meanwhile, nearly 720 million school-aged children live in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited.
“Education is the key to building peaceful societies, and yet, for millions of children around the world, school itself is not safe,” said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
“Every day, students face multiple dangers, including fighting, pressure to join gangs, bullying – both in person and online, violent discipline, sexual harassment and armed violence. In the short-term this impacts their learning, and in the long-term it can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicide. Violence is an unforgettable lesson that no child needs to learn.”
The report outlines a variety of ways students face violence in and around the classroom.
According to the latest available data from Unicef, globally, slightly more than 1 in 3 students aged 13-15 experience bullying, and roughly the same proportion are involved in physical fights.
And 3 in 10 students in 39 industrialised countries admit to bullying peers.
In 2017, there were 396 documented or verified attacks on schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 26 on schools in South Sudan, 67 attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic and 20 attacks in Yemen.
While girls and boys are equally at risk of bullying, girls are more likely to become victims of psychological forms of bullying and boys are more at risk of physical violence and threats.
The report noted that violence involving weapons in schools, such as knives and guns, continues to claim lives. It also says that in an increasingly digital world, bullies are disseminating violent, hurtful and humiliating content with the tap of a key.
An Everyday Lesson: #ENDviolence in Schools is released as part of the Unicef #ENDviolence global campaign.
It is also part of a collective effort to shed light on and spark action to #ENDviolence in and around schools by organizations including Unicef, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNESCO, other members of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and UNGEI.
To end violence in schools, Unicef and partners called for urgent action including implementing policies and legislation to protect students from violence in schools.
It called for strengthening prevention and response measures in schools and urged communities and individuals to join students as they speak up about violence and work to change the culture of classrooms and communities.
The Unicef called for making more effective and targeted investments in proven solutions that help students and schools stay safe.
It called for collecting better, disaggregated data on violence against children in and around schools and sharing what works.
Unicef encouraged young people around the world to raise their voices to #ENDviolence in and around schools and to tell us how they are working together and what solutions they are using to #ENDviolence in and around schools once and for all. Find out more at https://uni.cf/end-violence.