The Joy Bangla Youth Award 2023 announced 12 Winners

The most awaited Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA) 2023 has been announced. On November 18th, 2023, Sajeeb Wazed, Chairperson of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI) declared and awarded 12 youth organisations as the winner of JBYA. 14 organisations were declared as finalists. The award-giving ceremony was held at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Youth Development, Savar.

Joy Bangla Youth Award is the most significant youth award to recognize and celebrate youth contribution in Bangladesh. Joy Bangla Youth Award is the flagship event of the country’s largest youth platform, Young Bangla. It is the youth wing of the Centre for Research and Information.

At the award-giving ceremony, Sajeeb Wazed, the Honourable Advisor to the Government of Bangladesh on Information and Communication Technology, and Chairperson of the Centre for Research and Information said, “The young population will play a leading role in turning the country into a developed one within the next 10-15 years. He said the youth not only think about problems but also about solutions.”

“You will have to find solutions to all the problems including corruption,” he said, adding that the government cannot do the task alone; all should work from their respective positions in unison to face the problems.

Congratulating all the awardees and top selected organisations, He said more than 700 organisations applied for the awards but “we cannot award all of them. But every organisation is making its mark for the wellbeing of the people and the society. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you.”

“You are doing so much in all areas including the environment sector. You are also getting recognition of your works from everywhere including the United Nations and UNESCO. I feel proud of you. You are taking the country forward,” he said.

Nasrul Hamid, MP, State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh and Trustee, CRI stated in his welcome speech, “Because of the success of Young Bangla, the Cabinet has approved the decision to accept internships in all ministries. At this time, Nasrul Hamid thanked to all the jury members who have worked tirelessly for the past few days. They are prominent people from different levels of society. He also said, in 2014, our motto was, “what is my Joy Bangla?” “He said, ” I will light up every house in Bangladesh. ” Today, by 2021, we have lit up every house under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realize the dream of the father of the nation, Sonar Bangla.” “Now our Joy Bangla is building Smart Bangladesh”.

This year Joy Bangla Youth Award winners were categorized into six categories; Social Inclusion, Community Wellness, Skills and Employment, Climate and Environment, Innovation and Communication and Art & Culture. The 12 winners and their organizations are, Wreetu Health and Well-being Foundation from Umme Sharmin Kabir and Mushfika Nishat from Sombhabona in Skill and Employment category.

Arifa Jahan Bithi from Woman’s Dreamer Cricket Academy Rangpur and MD SHEHANOOR RAHMAN ASIF from Bhalo Kajer Hotel in Social inclusion category.
Md. Hirok Sheikh from Clear Concept and Sunny Jubayer from Team Atlas in Innocation and Communication category. Md. Rejaul Karim from Nopom Foundation and Malaching Marma from Altruistic People’s youth organization (APYO) in Community Wellness.

Md Sahidul islam from Wildlife and Snake Rescue Team in Bangladesh (WSRTBD) and Shamim Ahmed Mridha from Eco- Network Global in Climate and Environment Category.

Kanchan Chandro Ray from Ovinandon Foundation and Md. Mahmudul Hasan Abir Mia from Tonger Gaan in Art and Culture Category.

The 14 finalists and their organizations are, Mainul Hasan Simul from Swapno – Ek Chilte Hasir Jonne Rony Goyala from Monobol Shamajik Songothon, Tahmina Akter Supti from Light For Life, Mahmudul Hasan from School Of Engineers, Saimun Azam Rifat from SURGE BANGLADESH, Engr.sibbir Ahmad from FAPA Bangladesh , MD Mushahid Miah from Udvaboni Biggan Club Habignanj, Anila chowdhury Meem from We, Not I, Sumaya Tasnim from Youth Worldwide Foundation, Marufa Haque from Rope4 Outdoor Education, Hadiur Rahman Dhrubo from Shopno Puron Jubo Foundation, Sonjoy Kumar Mollik from S. D Academy, MD. Kamrul Islam from Canvas Puppet Theater, Md. Sahaydul Islam from Kadamati.

The application process for JBYA began on September 15, 2023. Over 700 applications were received. The Young Bangla team and a seven-member diverse jury panel went through a rigorous selection process to bring out the most impactful initiatives. The jury panel consisted of Asif Munier, Activist and Development Professional, Dr. Makhduma Nargis, Freedom fighter and Public Health Professional, Elita Karim, Journalist and Artist, Mosharraf Karim, Actor, Maliha Mannan, Entrepreneur, Public Health Communicator, Nigar Sultana Joty, Captain of the Bangladesh women’s national cricket team and Parliament Member of Bangladesh Nahim Razzak, MP.

This year, at the JBYA ceremony, two prominent organizations were awarded as Pathfinders. Shadheen Bangla Football Team, during our Liberation war in 1971, Shadheen Bangla Football Team participated in various football matches in various parts of India to gain public opinion in favor for the Liberation war and collected money for the relief of the freedom fighters. Their contribution continues to spread light of youth and hope in the eyes of all people, motivating people to move forward with firm feet. Khela Ghar, is the oldest children’s organization in the country. The pulse of this organization is connected with the history of Bangladesh. By working relentlessly on the physical, mental and cultural development of children and adolescents, Khela Ghar has been a dedicated partner in all good works making children and adolescents capable and conscious citizens of the future.

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