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The 21-day challenge

  • Published at 06:51 pm August 8th, 2018
The youngsters can help
The youngsters can help / SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

Can we improve traffic discipline in a mere three weeks?

According to James Clear research on Huffington Post, if you practice something continuously for 21 days (minimum), it will definitely become your new habit. 

With all that is happening already, why don’t we use our youth potential and their energy to develop a safer country? All of us have seen their smartness to maintain road traffic disciplines. And youths are already helping the government to implement the law.

While practice makes everything perfect, we must bear in mind that nothing will change overnight. We need to keep at it. For adapting to this change, we need to exercise discipline. And here are my two cents on this issue: A 21-day challenge. 

Can you do it? Because I believe if we all, as a nation, keep at it, within 21 days we can improve the entire road traffic discipline. 

I had an idea of students volunteering for the Bangladeshi traffic police and helping them to maintain traffic rules. So I went out in the past few days, amidst the peaceful protests at the Uttara House Building, Jashim Uddin Road, and Airport, and asked the young teenagers if they are willing to volunteer. They surprised me with an affirmative, and eagerly said: “We are ready to do it!” 

So, here is the thing.

The idea is, every day, the students will volunteer for an hour with traffic police to check driving licenses, maintain traffic rules, and spread traffic awareness. Based on their voluntary performance, a specific number will be added to their academic results. 

And in addition to this, the traffic police can recognize these volunteers at the end of their term. These volunteers will be recruited by the traffic police department through the educational institutions. 

This 21-day challenge will be the gateway to become a part of the country’s development. This will not only bring mental satisfaction for them through spending time in a meaningful way, but will also leave an impact in this country. 

Like a voluntary opportunity for our students, it will also help them to unlock their potential -- it is a two-way street really.

As a volunteer, I know the impact I left behind, but that is negligible compared to what these young teenagers are capable of. And if we all unite together, this is a quick technical solution.

But the question is: How do we get there? 

There can be many ways we can reach there. The students had placed a nine-point charter of demands for the authorities to meet. One way to reduce this chaos is through mobilizing the ministers concerned to come and talk to these students physically. Face-to-face conversation melts the ice faster and leads into a peaceful solution. 

Through this write-up, I am grabbing attention of the Bangladesh traffic police department, students, teachers, and citizens of the country. What is your opinion in this matter? 

Osama Bin Noor is co-founder, Youth Opportunities. He can be reached at [email protected]