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Quizards: Pioneering digital edutainment in Bangladesh

Young men and women and teenagers all across the globe are increasingly spending time online, looking for entertainment. Hundreds of thousands of sites are catering to the demand for entertainment and education content – together termed as “edutainment.” Unfortunately, there is an acute shortage of quality edutainment content in Bangla. Hence comes Quizards, an online platform, with an aim to narrow this gap.

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Uttaron: Helping tea workers overcome daunting odds

Hardship and struggle are the only constants in the lives of the labour communities living around the tea gardens of Maulvibazar. Even the mere dream of a slightly better life is a daydream itself. Most families cannot send their children to school because it’s impossible for them to carry the expenses of education in less than Tk100 daily wage.

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Manab Kalyankami Anathalaya: A Home for the homeless

Serving the cause of humanity is the best form of service to God – there are many who believe in that and act accordingly. Nityananda Goswami Nayan, after years of soul searching, realized he needed to dedicate himself to the service of helpless people living around him.

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Jhumful Theatre: Sprouting Human Flower

Jhumful Theatre, a youth-led initiative, triggered a cultural movement to bring positive changes in the ethnic communities living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).  The group plays varying roles in the hill tracts, making community aware on the bad impacts of child marriage,

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Choupash Nattyanchol: Holding the cultural front

Choupash Nattyanchol, a theatre group promoting arts and culture, won Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017 for their contribution in cultural development. The award was a recognition of the group’s relentless efforts to sensitize the youth, particularly those who have distanced themselves with the rich Bangalee culture and heritage.

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Durbar Foundation: Leaving no child on street

The youth of Bangladesh are often described as visionary which is not an overstatement at all. A number of youths led by Arif Rahman have been relentlessly pursuing the vision of a prosperous Bangladesh where there will be no child left on the streets.

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Kaaktarua: Seeing society through camera lens

Kaaktarua (meaning scarecrow in English), a Sylhet-based social organization got Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017 under the category of community development. Receiving the award from Prime Minister’s ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed was a moment to savour and it was the greatest of all achievements for the organization so far.

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I Positive: Bringing positive changes in society

‘I Positive’ – the name has a touch of uniqueness as well as a strong vibe around it. The idea behind it is a very simple one though – we need positive thinking people to bring positive changes in society.

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Shopno Dakho: Realizing the dream of the most vulnerable

Youth of Bangladesh are known for their sacrifice and enthusiasm for social service. There has never been any shortage of dreamer cum activist in our society.

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BYS: Standing beside Women

Once a woman was abandoned by her husband. Her fault was that the baby she was carrying in the womb happened to be a girl. Such a nonsensical action from an adult shocked Fayez Belal, a college goer in the city of Barisal. He stood beside that devastated lady by arranging financial, social and psychological support. The incidence was an eye-open for him and his friends.

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by Suranjit; 01730012393