Spread scout movement President tells Bangladesh Scouts AGM

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 14 Jul 2017, 01:09:49

Spread scout movement President tells Bangladesh Scouts AGM

Noting that the members of Bangladesh Scouts can play an important role in creating mass awareness to reduce the climate-change risk, President Abdul Hamid on Thursday stressed the importance of expanding the scout movement to the grassroots level to make children and youths ideal citizens, reports UNB.

"The impacts of climate change are visible now. Recently, some climate change-induced disasters, including flood, lightning strikes and landslides which claimed the lives of many people, have made the country's people concerned," he said.

The President was addressing the 46th Annual General Meeting of the national council of Bangladesh Scouts at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.

He said the scout movement is playing a very conducive role in building up children, teenagers and youths as self-reliant, patriot, self-confidence and good citizens, which will help Bangladesh turn into a 'Sonar Bangla'.

"We've to make the scouting activities more visible and popular everywhere being imbued with the spirit of the 1971 Liberation War and upholding the country's actual history."

Hamid lauded the initiatives of scouts as work is on to increase its members to 2.1 million from the existing 1.6 million in line with its 'Bangladesh Scouts National Strategic Plan 2021'.

Expressing grave concern over the global menace of militancy and terrorism, he said: "We have to inspire the children, teenagers and youths for keeping them away from the curse of fanaticism, communalism, terrorism and militancy, which are not allowed in any religion at all...we must inform them (new generation) that there's no room of militancy or communalism on the soil of our holy homeland."

Congratulating the 353 award recipients who got different scout awards for their outstanding contributions to the scout movement, the President, also the Chief Scout, hoped that it will be able to involve more teenagers and youths in the coming days.

Bangladesh Scouts President Abul Kalam Azad and Chief National Commissioner of Bangladesh Scouts Mozammel Haque Khan, among others, spoke on the occasion.
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