British Council hosts youth summit PRODIGY


British Council Bangladesh has organised a national youth summit to showcase the work youth have done in the communities to increase people’s access to government information and services, says a press release.

PRODIGY project (Promoting Democratic Inclusion and Governance through Youth) of the British Council in partnership with Democracywatch, Shushilan, the Hunger Project, Uttaran and Wave Foundation organised the summit on Thursday on the premises of Bangla Academy.

The summit, attended by over 500 youths, encouraged the participants to continue their good work in the community at an award giving ceremony to the 15 high achieving social action projects which were showcased at the summit.

Participants presented 15 social action projects in a stall-exhibition setup.

The event also provided opportunities to participating youth to demonstrate their achievements and the positive youth engagement in different spheres, adds the press release.

Also, the event included two panel discussions titled “Role of Youth in Achieving SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” and “Role of Youth in Building Social Harmony”

Kanbar Hossein-Bor, British deputy high commissioner to Bangladesh inaugurated the summit as chief guest. Andrew Newton, deputy director of British Council Bangladesh was also present at the event which was participated by government representatives, sector experts, development partners, academia, social activists, researchers and enthusiasts.

The PRODIGY project aims to increase peaceful and meaningful civic participation in local governance and to create a more inclusive society by promoting accountability, transparency, inclusivity and social cohesion as well as upholding pluralism and valuing differences in perspectives, the press release reads.