:: UPENDRO NATH ROY ::
British Council initiates SE training among its Active Citizen Youth Leaders in Bangladesh.
The organization primarily finished the four day training session on Social Enterprise (SE) the day before yesterday that started on January 5.
With the participation of a total of 34 Active Citizen Youth Leaders from different universities of the city, the session took place at the Democracywatch at the Eskaton Garden in Dhaka.
According to the participants and the facilitators, the training activities included singing the national anthem, lectures on SE concept and examples, characteristics and impacts of SE, good communication and interaction, good leadership, group presentation, poster-tasks and marketing, strategies of convincing an investor etc.
When asked about the importance of the SE training, Syeda Tahsina Hridita, one of the facilitators of the training session, said, “Our youths have a lot of potentials and dreams to create employment opportunities for others rather than seeking a job from the highly competitive and adverse job market existing around us.”
“And, if the youths have a clear idea about Social Enterprise (SE), how to make an SE business profitable and sustainable, its impacts on our environment, society and culture, and the risks an SE leader usually needs to handle etc., then it will help him or her succeed to a great extent,” said Mehedi Hasan Robin, another facilitator of the training session.
When asked why he came to receive the training on SE, Poritosh Roy, a Dhaka University student, said, “I have come here to know more about SE since I want to work on it ahead.” Another participant, Nazmun Nahar Sabra, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals, expressed her satisfaction with the completion of the training. She said, “This session will help me implement my ideas into social enterprise and help my country people in various ways. Basically I always wanted to work for my country people and this session gave me a new path to help them.”
“The aim of British Council (BC) SE training is to skill up among youths through social business with motivation on leadership. It is a platform of youths where they can generate new ideas through social enterprise. SE training gives basic knowledge and attitude and shares networks to the entrepreneurs to kick on social business empirically. This platform helps to engage the SE locally and connect globally,” said Fatimatul Botul, the coordinator of the Democracywatch and a facilitator at British Council Bangladesh.
At the end of the session, Shafik Rehman, the renowned media personality and writer, met the training participants shortly and advised them to develop their language skills to communicate globally and achieve the qualities of a true leader while he gave references of some of the world’s great leaders also.