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Over 3,000 students join UNDP’s online reading challenge

  • Published at 07:47 pm May 17th, 2020
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The book titled 'Transformers' was jointly published by UNDP, in association with Her Story Foundation, to introduce 17 global goals, popularly known as the SDGs to the children and youth through storytelling with illustrations Courtesy

The online book reading challenge was launched on May 7  

Over 3,000 children across Bangladesh have taken part in UNDP’s online book reading challenge for school students amid the ongoing Covid-19 forced government holiday.

The book titled “Transformers” was jointly published by UNDP, in association with Her Story Foundation, to introduce 17 global goals, popularly known as the SDGs to the children and youth through storytelling with illustrations. 

The book features 17 young changemakers of Bangladesh.  

A press release as issued in this regard on Sunday.

The online book reading challenge was launched on May 7and as of now, children from Jaago, Scholastica, Aga Khan, Sir John Wilson, Teach for Bangladesh, Chittagong Grammar School (Dhaka) and AISD accepted the challenge, read the release.

The quiz challenge was also made open for all on the UNDP Bangladesh Facebook page to help parents keep their children busy with stories on 17 changemakers who are contributing to achieving the SDGs. 

 “I would like to thank UNDP and Her Stories for this wonderful opportunity for students to take part in this e-book Reading Challenge. Not only will it fruitfully engage students during this period of isolation but it will also inspire them with 17 fascinating stories of young Bangladeshi individuals who have helped to develop the quality of Bangladeshi people's lives,” said Sabrina Shaheed, principal of Sir John Wilson School. 

The book -- Transformers -- features 17 young Bangladeshis whose work is innovative, altruistic, community-focused. 

It includes the story of Mahmud Hasan Tabib and Rana, also known as the rap duo Gully Boy, whose lyrics address the pressing issue of poverty, Ikram Uddin Abir, founder of Procheshta Food Bank which distributes leftover meals to the needy, Kamruzzaman Shadhin, an artist that created a dolphin-conservation boat, and Farhana Rashid or “Toilet Apa” an architect who installs public toilets for women in Bangladesh, among more fascinating stories. 

The book is meant to nurture quality reading habits through the stories of homegrown, Bangladeshi role models as now, more than ever, children need stories of encouragement and hope. 

“Reading is the basis for all understanding in formal education. It is a fundamental skill from which all other learning in all disciplines can occur. It can be pure joy where so many worlds and relevant, timely knowledge is introduced to us,” said Dr Dale Taylor, principal of The Aga Khan School, Dhaka shared. 

Madiha Murshed, Managing Director of Scholastica, said, “The Transformers book is wonderful; at a difficult and challenging time for young people, they need to hear stories of hope and they need to remember that they are agents of change who can make a difference in the world.”

“The book does an excellent job of highlighting important stories about young Bangladeshis who have made a difference. And I particularly appreciate that it focuses on those who many people may not have heard about. I recommend the book to children and encourage them to read as a way to stay connected and continue exploring the world from the confines of their homes.” 

The quiz challenge is open for all, and any student scoring above six will be awarded a hard copy of the book once lockdown restrictions are eased. 

However, the book can be downloaded in Bangla from here and in English from here

Anyone who wants to join the quiz challenge can log on here.

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