“I also want to win the youth fair” At the youth fair in Moulvibazar, young people raised expectations

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Moshahid Ahmed

Moulvibazar Correspondent

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Eati Akter


The youth of Moulvibazar want to access government services more easily, including increasing various civic opportunities. At the same time, they also called for giving importance to the opinion of the youth in the policy making process. Several young people of Moulvibazar who participated in the day-long “Amio Jite Chai Youth Fair” held at the city’s Saifur Rahman Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28, said that on the one hand there are few job opportunities, on the other hand, there are obstacles to becoming an entrepreneur. They demanded the necessary training system and easy loan facility for the youth. Apart from this, various demands such as improving the quality of service in government health centers, prioritizing the safety of citizens, making the city women and child friendly, guaranteeing better services for the underprivileged, arranging a special market in the city for women entrepreneurs have come up from the youth. The participants in the fair said that most of the youth have kept themselves out of the political arena and are not interested in political discussions because they feel that their opinions do not matter. To ensure their participation in the development of the country, the youth participants expressed these expectations by calling on the policy makers and political parties to give importance to the expectations of the youth. Hundreds of youth from various educational institutions and youth organizations participated in it. Contests, quizzes and video message making competitions were held on civic issues. Moulvibazar Town Kamil Madrasa, Imperial College Moulvibazar, Baralekha Government Degree College Moulvibazar, and Shah Mostafa College, Moulvibazar participated in the ‘Amio Jitte Chai Inter-College Debating Competition’ organized as part of the Youth Fair. The debate competition is organized according to parliamentary procedure. The debaters presented various arguments and counter-arguments regarding the solution of the civil issue. The fair saw a lot of interest among the youth in participating in the video message competition, where three of them were awarded a two-minute speech in front of the camera individually. At the beginning of the program, a stage play titled ‘Zulekhar Jeeban’ was performed by Bhorer Alo Natyadla highlighting the civic issues, based on which a quiz competition was organized which saw huge participation. The organized fair was supported by Democracy International. Under the USAID-funded Straightening Political Landscape (SPL) project, the “I want to win too” campaign is playing a special role as a means of articulating citizens’ expectations to political parties and other stakeholders. The day-long youth fair ended with the prize distribution and discussion program, the chief guest was Md. Fazlur Rahman, Mayor of Moulvibazar Municipality. Speaking on behalf of Democracy International – Md Naumur Rahman, Senior Regional Manager, Democracy International, Sylhet. Various leaders of Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party participated in the event.

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