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Young Bangla’s Let’s Talk draws attention to Youth-led response to COVID-19

Young Bangla arranged a special edition of its flagship event Let’s Talk: “Youth-led Initiatives on Covid-19” on 18th May 2020 through online. Around 90 minutes of discussions held with a panel of national celebrities, social workers, practitioners, public representatives, and youth achievers. The discussion was informative due to the spontaneous presence of the panelists and the support to the youth enthusiasts involved in voluntary activities on the COVID-19 outbreak boosted up the. The discussion rolled on five segments- the role of national figures during COVID-19, youth response to COVID-19,  creativity in Youth Response to COVID-19, women in leadership: their responses, struggles and aspirations, and Beyond Pandemic and Youth.

The program provided the participating panelist and youth achievers to share the opinions and concerns on the ground realities of this pandemic as well as some informative measures of the government also shared by the respectable panelists. The program started with a short brief on Young Bangla initiatives for its network members mentioning the webinar consultations with renowned experts and youth. A short documentary on youth-led initiatives on COVID-19 was also shared during the program. As Young  Bangla developed and shared a ‘Volunteers Safety Guideline’ among its network youth and with the MoHFW some key points from the guidelines also shared during the Let’s Talk.

The guest star-cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim lifted up the spirit with a call of ‘stay home’ and  he mentioned “If all hands are on the deck, we will emerge stronger from this turmoil.” He also added “I have just watched the video of Young Bangla. The youth are on the frontline at this time of crisis. The mission they set out deserves an ovation.” He urged people to stay home and mentioned the effort made by the government and law enforcement agencies and healthcare professionals is praiseworthy and people should show respect to their dedication and effort.

The three Joy Bangla Youth Award winners talked on Youth response to COVID-19. They have shared their concerns and recommendations before the panel and also took the opportunity to deliver their organizational attempt to tackle this crisis and highlighted some challenges of working as a volunteer during this pandemic.

Young innovators Zafir Shafiee talked on their path-breaking initiative of providing emergency transport support to the medical professionals during the crisis.

Jaago Foundations’ Korvi Rakshand some specific policy recommendations. He mentioned “starting from the language movement to all other historical turnarounds, young people have always been at the forefront. I think there should be a national mapping of these youth organizations and coordination among them. This should be done under the supervision of the ministry dedicated to youth.”

Celeb-singer Sharmin Sultana Sumi talked on recognition of the good work of this global crisis. She added “as artistes, we have a big job to do—keeping people psychologically healthy. This is why I am going to present you with ‘Aalor Gaan’ (The Song of Light). You can sing this song standing in your balcony or beside the window and send the file to us.”

Nobonita Chowdhury, brac lauded youth responses during this crisis. She pointed on the increase of domestic violence during this lockdown, she even recommended for a particular helpline number to deal with the reported violence cases.

JCI Bangladesh’s National President Sarah Kamal highlighted the government-led initiatives. Kamal mentioned,  “You cannot know when the situation will return to normalcy, neither do we know how that normal situation will look like. That is why I can say that we have as much scope as a risk. We must work on every possibility.”

Waseqa Ayesha Khan recalled the strides made by the government and the development sector during the crisis She indicates the governments’ intake that, youths may receive Tk 500 crore as loans through Karmasangsthan Bank. Noticing the contributions of the youths she said “I got in touch with quite a few young Bangla activists at different corners of the country. I have been in Chittagong since last March 26. Youths are working wholeheartedly there and elsewhere.”

A mentionable number of viewers have joined the discussion and made it more interesting by sharing their suggestions and recommendations to overcome this pandemic together. Young Bangla also arranged a series of Let’s Talk followed by this. Details of other Let’s Talk will be found at Young Bangla’s website, Social Media and YouTube.

You Can Catch the Live from the following links:

Live from Young Bangla YouTube Channel

LIVE from Young Bangla Facebook Page

LIVE from CRI Facebook Page

Find the Newspaper Links here:

English Outlets:

  1. Mushfiqur calls on people to donate Eid shopping money amid coronavirus crisis
  1. UNB News- COVID-19: This battle to be won if all hands are on the deck
  1. The Daily Star- Covid-19: Battle can be won if all hands are on deck
  1. Covid-19: This battle to be won if all hands are on the deck

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