Dhaka University Physically-challenged Development Foundation (DUPDF) organised a day-long “Leadership Training on Inclusive Society and Scribe Award Ceremony 2017”, with the cooperation of Abdul Monem Economic Zone Limited.
Every year, Physically-challenged Development Foundation (PDF) organises such leadership trainings and workshops in order to promote active citizenship and to convey the message of inclusive society among the young learners of higher educational institutions.
The day-long programme was held on April 29, 2017. There were two segments: Leadership Training on Inclusive Society, held from 9 AM to 4 PM, and the Scribe Award Ceremony 2017 held later the evening. The event took place in RC Majumder Arts Auditorium, University of Dhaka (DU).
Vice Chancellor of DU, Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique attended as the chief guest and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Admin), Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman attended as the special guest. Md. Tawohidul Haque, Assistant Professor, ISWR, DU presided over the programme. Dr. Abu Md. Delwar Hossain, Dean, Arts Faculty; Dr. Abu Jafar Md. Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, Provost, Bijoy Ekattor Hall; Mainuddin Monem, Deputy Managing Director I, Abdul Monem Limited; Abu Muhammad Yousuf, Director (Programme), Department of Social Services; A Gafur, Director, Abdul Monem Economic Zone Limited; Tajdin Hassan, Head of Marketing, The Daily Star; and Manika Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, DU were the esteemed guests of the programme.
In his speech, Professor Dr. Siddique said, “To execute the Sustainable Development Goals, there is no alternative to create an inclusive society. And only competent leadership can create an inclusive society.” He also emphasised on the importance of youth leadership to ensure a good society.
Prof. Dr. Akhtaruzzaman said, “Our real disabilities aren’t physical, rather they lie in our thoughts and attitudes. We have to change our minds and actions for the betterment of the society.”
Tawohidul Haque thanked the guests, participants and organisers in his presiding speech and said, “Every person faces challenges in their lives. We should respect them for being the ‘people with challenges’, rather than simply labelling them as disabled. If we want to make a society for all, we have to bring them to the mainstream.”
It is to be noted that there were training sessions on various issues related to inclusive society and leadership such as leadership skills, tips and processes, disability orientation, voluntarism through leadership, essentials for an inclusive society, policy advocacy for inclusive society, etc.
Over 180 students, including students with disabilities, attended the training programmes.
DUPDF, one of the branches of Physically-challenged Development Foundation (PDF), which is a registered non-profit voluntary youth and student based organisation, is working relentlessly for the overall development of the students with disabilities in University of Dhaka.
By: SHOUT Desk