One of the well-thought-of youth organisations of present time, South Asian Youth Society (SAYS), envisions building peace and prosperity in South Asia. This organisation not only nurtures the creative minds of Bangladeshi youth to lead the future but also prioritises on exchanging of cultural experiences at the levels of both intra and inter across nations to endorse the latent capabilities of South Asian Youth. On June 3 the organisation finally exposed the names of fellows of "Young Fellowship Challenge" for the year 2015 -2016 and awarded them according to their contribution.
From Bangladesh, Nandeeta Samad, Sadia Haque Jui, Md. Rakibul Islam, Md. Tamzid HayderTawrat Sikder, Tashfique Udin Chowdhury, Zannatul Ferdous Miftah, Nayeem Ahmed and Srishti Dixit from India have achieved the prestigious fellow title. It was an eventful award giving ceremony graced by the presence of two special guests, Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury- chief advisor, SAYS and pro vice-chancellor of Eastern University and advocate Harun -ur- Rashid. The founder and president of SAYS, Towfique Ahmed Khan was also present at the event to congratulate the members on their wonderful achievement. South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) focuses on five areas- Youth Empowerment, Community Development, Civic Education, Active Citizenship and Youth for Peace and Prosperity in South Asia in terms of cultural practices, cultural diversity and technological advancement keeping eco-friendly objectives in mind.
On the ceremony, members of different teams conducted multimedia presentations on their journey towards fellowship and their culture and environment improving works, leaving a mesmerising impression on all the guests and audience present in the hall. The youth and SAYS members from South Asian countries have proved their potentials in a variety of ways and thus have ensured that the desire of building a progressive South Asia is unequivocal. SAYS is one of the very first organisations to have worked on the agenda concerning Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Awareness campaign on climate change, drug abuse, construction of healthy city, oral health care, caring for mental health, autism, child abuse, food safety issues and knowing of the rights and organising of free medical checkup and oral health camp are some of the SDG goals that have been targeted in line with some major events by the this year's Bangladeshi Young Fellowship Challengers of SAYS. On top of that, they have also conducted research works on food safety issues and youth engagement in social services, cultural practices and their impact on sustainable development. The SAYS team in India successfully conducted some events focusing the 5 core areas of SAYS including free medical checkup, street play on wildlife devastation and research on holistic development of students in the fields of creativity, patriotism, feeling of global fraternity.
Furthermore, one crucial attainment is the joint project of SAYS and Asian Foundation on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) titled 'Know Your SDGs'. The fellowship challengers conducted surveys for this purpose in the supreme education institution of Bangladesh, University of Dhaka along with other renowned institutions and this survey has been conducted irrespective of major disciplines of bachelor level students so that disparate knowledge, diversified standpoints and forward-looking propositions can be penciled in.
On the event, advocate Harun-ur-Rashid delivered his speech mentioning the pride he felt observing the achievements of South Asian Youth. Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury was also bedazzled by seeing the collaboration among all SAYS members from diverse backgrounds and principles ranging from- doctors, engineers, nutritionists, fashion designers, and students from business studies to SSC/O-level, HSC/A-level students who equally gave efforts to each event and made the events successful and effective for the society. Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury spoke about SAYS' great role in breaking the ego among people created by themselves about studying in public and private institutions and on subject variations. Speeches conveyed by the honourable parents about the change makers were also heart touching. Parents stated how they kept running with their children to coaching centers and always focused on their academic results, and missed out the scope of knowing their children better!
The writer is a fellow of South Asian Youth Society and continuing her Masters Degree at Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka