Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) will host a four-day-long Youth Leadership Summit on August 4-7 aiming to mobilise youth to take a step forward in building a country that provides equitable opportunities for all its citizens, not just the privileged few.
"In 2021, Bangladesh celebrates the golden jubilee of independence and our achievements in the last 50 years. This year we also stepped into a new journey when we qualified to graduate into a developing nation from the LDC status after 45 years,” said Imran Chowdhury, senior manager operations and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME), BYLC.“However, to prepare us well for the transition and ensure an inclusive sustainable development harnessing the demographic dividend of our country, we need to empower the youth and ensure inclusiveness and equality in society."
The virtual summit, supported by MJF and UK aid, will bring together 400 youth competitively selected from all over Bangladesh.
Participants will have the opportunity to network, learn, and practice adaptive leadership and 21st century life skills, and design initiatives that can help create an inclusive Bangladesh in terms of equal rights and access to healthcare, education, skills development, and working with peers.
Speakers at the summit will facilitate an intergenerational dialogue on issues and challenges that limit youth’s equitable participation in public, private, and civil sectors. The event will consist of plenaries and workshops featuring industry experts and policymakers.
This year, delegates will be listening to the voices of marginalized youth and crafting solutions together to achieve inclusivity in terms of opportunities to work, exercising equal rights, access to better health, livelihood, education, and skills development within society.
BYLC is accepting applications for the summit until June 12, 2021. To learn more and apply, visit https://bylc.org/yls2021/.