Reading is fun – and it is also one of the useful ways of learning a new language. With this thought in mind, the British Council is running book reading competition from 2010 in partnership with different educational institutions to provide the students with the opportunity to read literature from around the world in simplified English. Around 32000 members from over 90 institutions from Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet are participating in the book reading programme. The competition involves the activities like reading books and taking part in an assessment. The participants are encouraged to read more books through a prize giving ceremony.
The British Council hosted the prize giving ceremony among the participants of Book Reading Competition in Sylhet on 1 February 2017. Dr. Md. Aminul Haque Bhuyan, Vice Chancellor, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology joined the event as chief guest. Jim Scarth, Deputy Director, British Council, Bangladesh, Md. Asaduzzaman Sayem, Executive Director, UK-Bangladesh Education Trust (UKBET) and Md. Kafil Hussain Chowdhury, Head of Sylhet Exams, Examination Services were present at the ceremony.
The event started with the speech from the chief guest, followed by the prize giving ceremony for the participants of the book reading programme. The winners were awarded books, certificates, British Council library memberships, mobile handsets and laptops. An interactive feedback session was also arranged for the coordinators after the prize giving ceremony. Coordinators shared their experiences and challenges while working in the book reading programme. The coordinators fantastically shared their success stories that helped the other coordinators to learn new and approved techniques. The participants of the book reading competition expressed their interests to read more books and win exciting prizes in the future.