Saturday 23 December 2017

The British Council had arranged a Young Learners’ Art Competition on 21 December 2017 at the British council, Dhaka University campus office. The theme of the competition was ‘Every Vision Counts. The aim was to raise awareness on blindness and vision impairment. Young Learners’ from all over Bangladesh took part in the art Competition. Around 1000 kids (aged between 4 -14) from all over Bangladesh took part in the art Competition. Among them, 30 winners were selected and awarded certificates and prizes in the ceremony.

The British Council in partnership with Standard Chartered bank hosted the art competition on 21 December 2017 at the Dhaka University Campus office. The ceremony started with the welcome speech from Sarwat Reza, Head of Cultural Centre, British Council followed by the speech from Ln. Shakhawat Hossain, Chief Advisor, Lions Club Motijheel Royal.

“The British Council hosted the competition to raise awareness to eliminate avoidable blindness among school going children. We are glad to partner with Standard Chartered Bank to pursue actionable solutions to the globally significant issue, which is also highly relevant in Bangladesh,” said Sarwat Masuda Reza, Head of Cultural Centre, and British Council.

Avoidable blindness is a key health issue in Bangladesh, where we have one of the highest reported rates of untreated cataract in the world. Standard Chartered Bank has been working in the eye health sector for quite some time now. In fact, seeing is Believing, the Bank’s global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness, was first designed and launched by Standard Chartered Bangladesh in 2003. Since then, the programme has reached millions around the world through medical interventions, eye examinations, health education and health worker training, said, Bitopi Das Chowdhury, Head Of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank

There was a voluntary eye camp for all the guests supported by Lions Club Bangladesh. 

Notes to Editor

For further information please contact:

Arshia Aziz, Head of Marketing and Communications, British Council, Bangladesh

Email: Arshia.Aziz@bd.britishcouncil.org

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. www.britishcouncil.org