‘Team One’ aspires to end discrimination and raise awareness against disability
A group of students from the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) is participating in a global competition called “Peer to Peer: Facebook Global Digital Challenge”. The event, organized by EdVenture Partners in collaboration with Facebook, is aimed at raising awareness around the globe about various types of hate and extremism on social media.
This year, 50 teams from 33 different countries are taking part in the competition where student teams are challenged to counter the diverse range of hate and extremism on social media all over the world, in ways that are credible and authentic to their respective peers and communities.
Each team requires a Facebook page where they will post audio-visual content that they will create for the campaign. These posts will be made visible to all so that everyone around the world can access it.
Facebook recognizes the top three teams with scholarship awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
The ULAB team is called “Team One” and their campaign “Disability Matters to Me” sets its goals towards providing insight on different types of disabilities and eradicating hatred and hate-speech, both online and in the real world.
The team members include Md Al-Arifin, Anika Bushra, Hasibul Islam Shanto, Fareeha Nawsheen Khan, and Shahabul Alam Sajib.
Team One has been working relentlessly to spread their message. They have produced numerous informational articles and videos for their Facebook page [Disability Matters to Me] and website [www.disabilitymatterstome.org], and their posts have received a lot of positive feedback.
Moreover, they went on their university’s radio station for an hour-long program and held dialogue sessions at ULAB and at Queen’s School and College. The content they have created and shared is well-researched and done in consultation with Dr Nafeesur Rahman, a disability and development consultant with near to three decades of experience in this field in Bangladesh.
Furthermore, they recently interviewed the vice-captain and members of the Bangladesh Wheelchair Cricket Team and shared the video on their Facebook page and website.
They have also influenced ULAB students to become their ambassadors in order to educate others about equality, and to take a firm stand against hate-speech directed at people with disabilities.
The team plans to run this campaign beyond the competition as it is of critical importance to build a country where there is no discrimination and all citizens are treated with equal empathy and dignity.
All they want is to end the hate and bring love and kindness because only that can bring about peace and equality. They want everyone to say “Disability Matters to Me!”