Students were trained on Democracy & Human Rights, Safe Hygiene Practice, Food Safety and Security, etc.
13th-15th, and 27th November, 2016. Dhaka - "Say YES to Change" is a YES Alumni Grants funded project, funded by the American Councils for International Education, organized by YES Alumni Bangladesh Association, supported by International Education and Resource Network-Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) and the EMK Center. Through this project 25 students (7-9th graders) from 5 reputed schools from Dhaka were trained on Democracy & Human Rights, Safe Hygiene Practice, Food Safety and Security, Leadership, Campaigning through Social Media, Documentation and Reporting and Importance of Community Service by expert facilitators. The workshop was held on 13-15th November, 2016 at the EMK Center. The participating schools were Dhaka Residential Model College, Viqarunnisa Noon School, Oxford International School, Onnesha International School & College and Cardiff International School. 200 students from these five schools applied for participation in this project by taking a short quiz. The questionnaire consisted of basic questions on the core topics of this project. Based on this, 50 students were shortlisted and called for a face to face interview. The most competent 25 students were finally selected as participants of Say YES to Change Project. After the workshop, the students conducted similar workshop at their respective schools and presented their work on the Certificate Giving and Closing Ceremony on 24th November, 2016 at the same venue. General Secretary of YES Alumni Bangladesh, Mr Gulshan Jubaed Prince, YES Alumni Kazi Jahanara Akhter Shurovi and Sameirah Nasreen Ahsan were present in the Judges panel. Each participant was awarded with Certificate of Participation, and Oxford International School and Viqarunnisa Noon School jointly became the Champions. The participants shared their workshop experience in an online story competition and Subyeta Haque from Cardiff International School Dhaka won the best story award. The Closing Ceremony was telecasted in Amra Korbo Joy show on popular TV Channel ATN Bangla on 26th November, 2016. The Champions of "Say YES to Change" Project went to Bhangnahati Village at Sreepur, Gazipur, on 27th November, 2016 to make the students of "Bhangnahati Rahmania Kamil Madrasa", "Bhangnahati Balika Dakhil Madarasa" and the locals aware about Democracy, Human Rights, Food Safety & Security and Good Hygiene Practice. It was an assembly of about 150 people where these trained students spread the knowledge among the villagers they have gained from the three days "Say YES to Change" workshop beforehand. Popular TV Channel ATN Bangla covered the event. This project helped break the false conception that students of National Curriculum, English Medium Schools and Madrasa students do not get well along well. This project has involved students from all mediums and also improved the mutual understanding among city and village kids. Over 4000 people have been reached through project. The participants, teachers, school staff, volunteers, village attendees, parents and facilitators - all gave very positive feedback about the entire project. In the workshop, Ms Samanjar Chowdhury, National Facilitator, Active Citizens Program, British Council, and core member of "Democracy Watch", took a session on Democracy and Human Rights. Chief Inspirational Officer at Don Sumdany Facilitation Center and Former Facilitator at TEDxDhaka, Mr. G. Sumdany Don, conducted an interactive session on Leadership. Founder of "Garbo Bangladesh", Mr Nuheen Mahmud Khan, facilitated a session on Importance of Community Service. National Advisor, Food Safety Program of FAO-UN, Mr Hasan Ahmmed Chowdhury facilitated a session on Food Safety and Security. Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain, DG of Directorate of Health Services, conducted a session on Good Hygiene Practice for Safety. Project Coordinator at Bengal Foundation, Feature writer at Prothom Alo and Editorial Board Member at Kishor Alo, popular figure Mr. Pavel Mohitul Alam took an interesting session on Documentation and Reporting on the last day of the workshop. An inspirational speech was given online by Ms Madi Sharma, founder of Madi Group, and member of European Economic and Social Committee, which the students absolutely loved. Our very own YES Alumna Ms Shariqa Habib, who is also a Global Changemaker Fellow, currently doing her internship at ILO in Bangkok, took an online session on Campaigning through Social Media. Outreach Coordinator of School of Business and Economics, North South University, Ms Parisa Shakur, unfortunately could not attend the workshop due to an urgency. She however sent an inspirational video for the participants which was shown during the workshop.