MOYS, UNICEF launch book ‘Pass It To Rizwana’

Author Crystal Pottebaum (2-L) and others during the book launch ceremony of "Pass It To Rizwana" IN Mohammadpur, Dhaka on 2 March 2023Courtesy photo

Ministry of youth and sport (MOYS) and UNICEF jointly launched the book “Pass It To Rizwana” written by Crystal Pottebaum in an event held in Dhaka on Thursday.

The book, which was developed by Her Story Foundations and Deshi Ballers supported by UNICEF, tells the story of a girl and her friends who overcome every challenge and emerged champions in a basketball competition.

At the event, author Crystal Pottebaum, who is a fourth grade teacher at the American International School in Dhaka, shared how she learned about the Bangladeshi culture and how a story can inspire children and encourage parents to let their kids take up sports.

Both teams, author and other officials at the launch ceremony
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Elisa Calpona, child protection manager in UNICEF, explained that a new partnership between UNICEF and the youth ministry was signed in 2022 and in only four months this partnership has opened the doors for 1.6 million girls and boys to take part in different sports.

Moreover, 3.7 million children and parents received awareness on violence prevention during the 500-odd sports tournaments held throughout the country thanks to this partnership.

Natalie McCauley, chief of child protection in UNICEF Bangladesh, said they want to create a world where every girl has the opportunity to participate in sports and reach their full potential.

MOYS secretary Mohiuddin Ahmed emphasised on the importance of sports for children and thanked UNICEF for partnering with the ministry to use sports as a mean to end violence.

At the end of the book launch, a basketball match was held between two teams from the book– The Scholars and Alien Eggs. Over a hundred children from the nearby community were present at courtside and cheered for both teams.