To offer basic knowledge and skills to school-going female students on how to defend themselves
23rd April, 2017, Dhaka - With the theme, “Youth-led solutions to real world problems” at heart, the Self-Defense and Confidence Building Training took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh to celebrate Global Youth Service Day 2017. On April 23, 2017, 27 students of Agrani Girls’ School and College gathered to take part in the event coordinated by A.F.M. Munif Mushfiq Khan (K-L YES 2011-12) supported by U.S. Department of State, Youth Service America, International Education And Research Network – Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) and K-L YES Alumni Bangladesh. The project was aimed to offer basic knowledge and skills to school-going female students on how to defend themselves if they are ever harassed in the streets or encounter domestic violence in the future. The training also included meditation to boost their self- confidence. The event started in the morning with Mobashir Monim (K-L YES 2012-13) introducing YES Alumni and GYSD briefly and giving a pep talk to the participants to mentally prepare them for the training. The Principal of Agrani School delivered opening remarks, and officially inaugurated the event. Mr. Saiful Islam -a State alumni member and a senior teacher of Agrani, also collaborated with YES Alumni Bangladesh to make the training a successful one. The self-defense training and meditation session was conducted by Mr. Nurul Alam (Black Belt, 3rd Dan) of Bangladesh Kickboxing Association. Munif, who is also a former student of Mr. Alam assisted in the training. Mr. Alam talked about how a person needs to have all five senses active at all times to have a better understanding of their physical surroundings. The thirty-minute meditation was targeted to awaken the 5 senses through the 6th sense of the human mind. After the meditation session, the trainees felt refreshed and awakened. They felt a boost in their confidence level. Mr. Alam and Munif then demonstrated several basic self- defense tactics, and then taught five of those tactics to the participants within the one hour allocated for the self-defense training. The event was successful as the students had hands-on experience learning and demonstrating the defense techniques themselves; they gained confidence to fight injustice and learned how they can contribute to the community with these newly-acquired skills. Valuable feedback was received from the participants. Radeeyah Zaman Khan, Online Resource Officer, YES Alumni Bangladesh acted as the Auxiliary Coordinator and Mobashir Monim, Activity Officer of YES Alumni Bangladesh worked as a volunteer to make the training event effective and successful.