YPSA-Community Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism in Cox’s Bazar (CEVEC) Consortium organized a Roundtable meeting on “The role of civil society in curving Violent and Extremism” on 8th June, 2017 at upazila administration conference hall of Chakaria upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Top Officials of government and non-government organizations, local govt. representatives, educational institutions, religious leaders, youth forum members, along with representative of civil society and media houses attended the meeting. Participants thanked YPSA Consortium for the time befitting project. Md. Didarul Alam, Assistant Commission (Land) of Chakaria upazila presided the meeting and Alhaz Sirajul Islam Azad, Vice Chairman of Chakaria upazila Council was the chief guest of the meeting. Rajat Barua, Program Corrdinator ( Training) of YPSA-CEVEC Consortium moderated the round table discussion.
Mohammad Shahidull Islam, Program Coordinator (Campaign and Partnership) of YPSA-CEVEC Consortium in his inaugural speech briefed about the background of the project, involvement of Bangladesh government with it. He also introduced the audience to the donor agency GCERF.
Team Leader Ms.Khaleda Begum described the progress of the project activities. She said that all the stakeholders, students, women groups and youth and unemployed people are the major actors of this project and their support would build the peaceful Cox’s Bazar in future which ultimate goal will be make harmony and resourceful Bangladesh.
Discussants emphasized that the government, non-government and civil society organizations and people from all walks of life should work together to countering violent extremism. Discussants at the meeting also underlined strong family bondage, moral and religious education, elimination of unemployment, income generating opportunity, awareness building in educational institutions and formation of public opinion to counter violent extremism. In the house, all participates expected that it would help to achieve goals in the process of project implementation.