What would you do if you were a parliamentarian? There are many things you could do – try to make sure that there are enough doctors in the villages, expand education facilities for specially-abled children, increase the daily wage of tea-garden workers, improve civic facilities, and so on.
But, how about a “doing a good work every day” project?
“If I were a parliamentarian, I would have launched a special “good work” scheme at schools. I would have made ‘doing a good work every day’ part of the school curriculums,” said a young participant at the 18th Let’s Talk in Dhaka recently.
Let’s Talk is a series of interactive dialogues between young men and women and politicians and policymakers. Centre for Research and Information (CRI), secretariat of Young Bangla, has been organizing these dialogues with an aim to involve the youth’s voice in national policymaking.
“If there are 3.5 crore school children in the country, in that way, we would have 3.5 crore good work every day. That could bring a lot of changes to our society. Class teachers can monitor this if we can make this part of the curriculum,” the participant wrote.
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, CRI organized the 18th edition of Let’s Talk at the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh in Dhaka. Nearly a hundred Young Bangla members took part in that interactive dialogue focused on “Reducing Inequalities”. It was organized ahead of the upcoming assembly of the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) in Dhaka. Bangladeshi lawmaker Mr Saber Hossain Chowdhury, current president of IPU, chaired Thursday’s Let’s Talk session.
He said he was happily surprised to see the young men and women thinking so constructively about the welfare of the country and the society.
The interactive dialogue on “Reducing Inequalities” was divided into several sessions and themes: economic inequality, social and political inequality, inequality in availing good governance and civic facilities, and inequality in promulgating rules and regulations.
During each of these sessions, the moderator invited questions from among the audience and at the end of the session, the panelists answered those questions. The audience also gave policy suggestions.
The panelists were Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP, Forhad Hossain, MP, Waseqa Ayesha Khan, MP, Shahrin Srabon Tilottama, Commonwealth Youth Group Representative, and Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, senior political analyst at CRI.