To recognise youths at the grassroots working silently to transform the country, Joy Bangla Youth Award’s sixth instalment conferred the title on 10 youth-led organisations for their services to the communities.
Young Bangla, the biggest network of youths across the country, organised the award-giving ceremony on Saturday, bringing to light untold stories of a hub of super achievers who transformed their local communities through self-driven initiatives, braving a sea of obstacles.
Not to be outdone by the participants of the previous years, some of whom have already made their global footprints through innovation and dedication, around 600 organisations this year submitted their entries, reviewed by a star-studded jury panel composed of celebrities, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.
Here is a sneak peak of the top 10 organizations clinching the country’s biggest award for catalysing social changes.
Organization: Robolife Technology
Applicant: Joy Barua Lablu
Robolife Technology was founded in 2018 in Dhaka to provide affordable solutions to people with special needs. They provide artificial hands in the rehabilitation of a person whose arm has been lost or amputated. They have served more than 20 people, helped them with a head start gain. They produce bionic hands which cost as low as BDT 30,000 at present and are currently trying to come up with better solutions. They have exported a few bionic prosthetic hands in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Organization: BK School of Research
Applicant: Bezon Kumar
BK School of Research (BKSR) is a research organisation that works in the field of business, economics, social sciences, and humanities. Currently, they are working with 55 scholars, 100 research assistants, and around 300 data enumerators from 22 countries. BKSR was established in 2015 and has already published over 10 international peer-reviewed journal articles. They are currently carrying out over 10 research projects. They organized 5 seminars and training to raise awareness among youths on education, environment, technology and so on."
Organization: Boson Biggan Sangho
Applicant: Muhammad Majadur Rahman
Boson Biggan Sangho was established in 2014 in Tangail to inspire students to learn math and science. They are walking the talk by organising camps, workshops and science Olympiads. Currently, they are planning to organize a science competition to inspire girls to learn science and math. Boson Biggan Sangho is affiliated with Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad and was awarded the Best Math Club Award in 2019. The members of this organisation have won awards at institutional, regional and national level Math Olympiad, Junior Science Olympiad, Biology Olympiad, Programming Olympiad, and other competitions.
Organization: Youth Planet
Applicant: A B M Mahmodul Hasan
Since their establishment in 2018, Youth Planet is trying to challenge the status quo by breaking social stigmas against women. They are working on their vision and planning to educate men on women’s health and rights. Youth Planet’s activity helped increase menstrual hygiene awareness in Nandail upazila in Mymensingh up to 50%. Moreover, they are working in the domain of ICT and youth leadership training, women entrepreneurship and digital marketing training through the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Youth Planet conducts their activities through a strong community network and a pool of vibrant youth.