Experts discuss on SDGs

Dhaka,  Sat,  25 March 2017
Published : 15 Mar 2017, 21:40:21
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Experts discuss on SDGs

South Asian Youth Society (SAYS), a non-profit regional youth development organisation registered in Bangladesh, organised Olympiad on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative-- 'Girls for Global Goals'-- supported by the US Embassy, Dhaka is taking place in three stages. The first phase was successfully conducted, reaching out to 54 institutes and more than 350 participants. The roundtable was held at Bengal Inn Hotel at Gulshan, Dhaka City on March 03, 2017. It was aimed at reviewing and taking expert opinions on the curriculum that has been prepared for the First National Sustainable Development Olympiad (NSDO), says a press release.

'Girls for Global Goals will directly educate and empower young girls from schools and colleges (class eight to class twelve) by developing their leadership and technological capacity and by disseminating the essential knowledge about global goals and connecting them to the process of championing Sustainable Developing Goals (SDGs),' said Towfique Ahmad Khan, the founder and President of South Asian Youth Society (SAYS).

Punna Islam, the head of communications at South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) highlighted the structure and phases of the National Sustainable Development Olympiad (NSDO).  Sunera Sabah Khan, the team leader of the curriculum development team, mentioned how the work of development of the curriculum was carried out. She mentioned how the curriculum emphasised the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its incorporation with the 7th Five Year Plan. Leading experts from concerned ministries of the government, academicians  from different universities and representatives from various development organisations were present in the event.  'The initiative taken by SAYS will be very beneficial to the participating students,' said Jashim Uddin Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Handloom Board, Ministry of  Textiles and Jute.

The feedback session discussions were chaired by Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, chief adviser of South Asian Youth Society (SAYS). Leading experts who were assigned to review and verify particular SDGs  included Mohd. Monirul Islam (deputy chief, General Economic Division, Bangladesh Planning Commission), Dr. Lailafur Yasmin (professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka), Dr. Md Ashiq Ur Rahman (associate professor, Urban and Regional planning, Khulna University), Asgar Ali Sabri (director-programme, Policy and Campaign, Action Aid and other experts from various fields that are relevant to SDGs.
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