Champions of education, disability rights, and minority rights, shared their stories at the event
The Edward M Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts (EMK Center) in Dhaka celebrated diversity and inclusion on its 7th anniversary on Monday evening.
The “EMK center is a very special and unique platform,” said US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl Miller, addressing the anniversary program as chief guest.
“This is one of the most significant US outreach platforms anywhere in the world. No matter the reason, EMK is a welcoming place for all people,” he added.
Miller also said he would encourage leaders to teach people every day.
Champions of education, disability rights, and minority rights, shared their stories at the event.
Vaskar Bhattacharjee, a visually impaired technologist and disability-rights activist, created an online platform with EMK Center funds, for visually impaired women to learn about sexual and reproductive health.
He also developed an eBook series on sexual health and reproductive rights for women with disabilities.
Azwa Nayeem, chairperson of Alokito Hridoy Foundation, a non government organization that works on education, took an initiative to humanize classrooms for children with the support of EMK Center.
“I felt the need to take an initiative like this when I saw that primary school teachers still think corporal punishment is the way to discipline children,” Azwa told Dhaka Tribune.
Azwa has trained 80 school teachers on teaching children with empathy and through play.
“I was amazed to see the end result of the training. Some teachers who used to use corporal punishment as a tool to dicipline their students changed their approach and developed a very friendly relationship with their students,” she said.
Professor Imran Rahman, dean of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) School of Business, and special advisor to the ULAB Board of Trustees, and Asif Uddin Ahmed, acting director of EMK Center, also spoke at the event.
The EMK Center opened in September 2012, with a partnership between the Liberation War Museum and the American Center of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
ULAB has been associated with the EMK Center as its management partner since March 2018.