With the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, our lives have transformed and most of us are spending our time at home. Where some of us are privileged to stay at home, while others are struggling to meet their ends. While the pandemic is going to impact everyone, the long-term burden is going to be borne by the country's youth. Many youth leaders have already taken to social media platforms to express their concerns, thoughts, and ideas.
Youth Opportunities and IPDC Finance have initiated a competition titled "Bangladesh's Recovery Idea and Plan in the Post COVID-19 Era: Youth Perspective" through which it tends to create an opportunity for bright young people to share their thoughts, ideas, and recommendations as the country prepares a post-COVID-19 recovery plan. As part of this initiative, young people aged 18 to 35 are requested to write a data-driven, action-oriented short essay (1000 words) written either in Bangla or English, summarising their ideas/recommendations that will eventually be evaluated by a panel of experts before handing over to the Prime Minister’s office.
If you are aged between 18 -35 years and have great ideas for a post-COVID-19 recovery plan, we are looking forward to hearing from you! Join our initiative, and participate in the competition.
Essays will be accepted on the following topics:
Protecting migrant workers and flow of remittance; Promoting young employment and job creation; Supporting the SMEs; Safeguarding women employment and empowerment; Protecting marginalised communities; Ensuring agricultural sustainability; Fostering education and digital learning; Strengthening the healthcare system; Boosting social safety-net programmes; Reviving exports.
You can always choose to submit more than one essay in different categories. But make sure your essay consists of evidence-driven, well-reasoned, and action-oriented policy recommendations.
- Winners will be awarded BDT 10,000 research grant from IPDC and a chance to intern at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh.
- The first and second runners-up from each category will be awarded free one-year library memberships at the British Council.
- All participants will receive an e-certificate.
Deadline: 25 May 2020
One of the priority goals of the British Council is to create opportunities for young people to develop themselves and their respective communities during and post-covid-19. Apart from the British Council, Ministry of Youth and Sports; Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources; ICT Division; A2i; Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh, UNDP, Bangladesh Scouts, The Daily Star, and Channel 24 are the partners of this competition.
For more information on the competition, please visit: https://host.youthop.com/write2fight/en/