YPSA is the implementing partner of British Council Active Citizens Bangladesh Programme. Under this programme YPSA has trained about 300 youth leaders in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar District. The programme enhances the leadership and project-management skills of youth leaders. By this training youths receive specialist guidance in designing and running social action projects, which aims to generate positive change within their community. A social action project is a multi-step process in which youth address an issue they care about, learn about it and potential solutions to solve it, then take action to create positive change on this issue.
YPSA Youth leaders has developed twenty different social action projects and these projects are focused on SDG Goal 13 (Climate Action) and SDG Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). On 18 January, the youth leaders of YPSA Active Citizens has presented 8 Social Action Projects at Cox’s Bazar and on 19 January 12 Social Action Projects at Chattogram on the front of British Council Bangladesh representative.
The Director Society Dr. Shahnaz Karim and the Head of Society, British Council, Bangladesh Mr. Toufiq Hasan was presents as a evaluator of these SAPs presentations. Abdus Sabur, Youth Focal, YPSA has presented the business of YPSA and shares the process of YPSA Active Citizens journey at begins of SAP presentation. He said YPSA youth leaders are now bringing on sustainable social change within communities by executing Social Action Project (SAP). Mr. Polash Chowdhury, Director Finance, Khaleda Begum, Deputy Director and Yousuf Mohammad, Programme Coordinator, YPSA was presents of this introducing session.
Later on the Cox’s Bazar youth were presented their SAPs. After the presentation of youth leaders Mr. Toufiq Hasan, Head of Society, British Council said that I have seen so many youth groups so far, this youth group seems to be the best. At evening British Council team also participated a SAP events as name Lets Change (A Campaign on Plastic free Sea Beach) at laboni sea beach, Cox’s Bazar.
The next day (19 January 2020), the British Council Team has evaluated another SAP presentation on Chattogram. At Chattogram the British Council Team was welcomed by Mr. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive, YPSA. The British Council Team has visited YPSA Information Corner and YPSA Development Resource Centre. Dr. Shahnaz Karim, Director Society was very impressed to see the information center and appreciates for this. Finally, the British Council Team has attended the SAP presentations of Chattogram Youth leaders.
The British Council team was delighted to evaluate the SAP presentations. They gave special thanks to all facilitators and mentors of YPSA Active Citizens. They also gave some suggestions for implementing the initiatives as should be specific, measurable, realistic and time bound. And they wishes every SAP in success.