A month-long essay exhibition titled `A Paper for Progress’ has begun at Edge Gallery, Dhaka from September 29, 2017. Mokammel Haque, former education secretary, was present at the opening ceremony as a guest speaker.
Initially ‘A Paper for Progress’ was an international essay contest on education. The essay contest aimed at reaching out to youths as well as experienced professionals with a view to inviting participants from across Bangladesh and abroad to have their say on educational reforms required within the current system in Bangladesh. The competition came to an end with an award distribution ceremony on September 28. Out of 325 essay submissions, the writers of 12 essays received ‘Honorable Mention’ certificates and the five best entries received BDT 1,50,000 each. All the top participants were present at the award-giving ceremony.
Essays written by Abdullah Hasan Safir (Dhaka), Md. Saifullah (Chittagong), Mir Aftabuddin Ahmed (Canada), Priontu Chowdhury (Chittagong) and Sophea Urbi Biswas (Dhaka) were awarded as `Best Entries’ while Afser Chowdhury Emon (Dhaka), Edwin Daru Anggara (Indonesia), Mahinur Rahman Khan (Dhaka), Maliha Ahsan (Dhaka), Md. Rafiqul Islam (Comilla), Michael Caleb Earnest (USA), Minhazul Abedin (Dhaka), Mollika Hossain (USA), Nafisa A. Iqbal (USA), Saima Tasfia Roja (Dhaka), Sourav Akib Sarkar (Dhaka) and Shaveena Anam (Dhaka) received certificates of participation.
Dr. Rubana Ahmed from BRAC University, Dr. Oman Rahman, Vice Chancellor, IUB, Reefat Munmun, Head of Bangla Language Institute, IUB, Professor Moinuddin Khaled, Head of Bangla Department, Dhaka City College, Professor Imran Rahman and Professor Shamsad Mortuza from ULAB were present at the ceremony and they were part of the external jury panel of the essay contest as well.
The exhibition will remain open till Friday, 20 October (from 10 am to 8 pm everyday) for the public.