‘Youth need safe spaces for their proper grooming’

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RAJSHAHI, Aug 12, 2018 (BSS)- Members of the civil society and development
activists here unequivocally called for ensuring safe spaces for youths for
their proper physical and mental grooming so that they could be transformed
into worthy citizens for betterment of the society.

They observed leadership and capacity development among youths in general
is very vital for making them social contributors. Youth need safe spaces
where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse
needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely
express themselves to attain the cherished goal.

They made this observation while addressing a post-rally discussion at
Rangdhanu Community Center at Luxmipur Bhatapara area in the city today.

The Hunger Project-Bangladesh (THPB) organized the programme in
partnership with British Council to mark the celebration of International
Youth Day- 2018. Promoting Democratic Inclusion and Governance through Youth
(PRODIGY) supported the programme. ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’ was the main theme
of the day.

Mohanpur Upzilla Chairman Prof Abdus Samad, Councilor of Rajshahi City
Corporation Md Kamruzzaman, former deputy director of department of social
service Pear Boks, former controller of examinations of Rajshahi University
Amanaul Haque, Principal of Police Lines School and College Dr. Golam Mowla
and Senior Journalist Ahmed Shafi Uddin addressed the meeting as resource
persons.

Chairman of Jahanabad union Emaj Uddin Khan, Chairman of Dhurail union
Kejem Udiin, Youth development officer Md. Rokonuzzaman, THPB Regional
Coordinator Shashanka Baran Roy and its Field Coordinator Subrata Kumar Paul
also spoke of the occasion.

The discussants unanimously, said engagement and participation of youth is
essential to achieve sustainable human development for both rural and urban
improvement.

In addition to the city areas, similar programmes were arranged in
Mougachi, Dhurail, Baksimoil and Jahanabad unions of the district marking the
day.

During the day-long programmes, youth leaders organised different
activities including seminars, community clean-up program, showcase their
brilliant work in the community to increase civic participation in local
government and social cohesion and harmony and cultural programme.

More than 1500 young people along with government official,
representatives from local government, civil society, electronic and print
media attended in the events.

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