First selection round of English Olympiad, first of its kind in Bangladesh, has ended with huge responses from students at Chittagong Cantonment Public College (CCPC) in the port city on Friday.
WOC, a youth and charity organisation working worldwide for betterment of youth supremacy and leadership, organised the event powered by the daily sun, a leading English daily of the country.
CCPC Principal Colonel Abu Naser Md Toha, also adviser of the English Olympiad, was present as the chief guest at an orientation session before the selection round at the College.
Canadian University of Bangladesh Academic Director and Head of School of Business Administration SM Arifuzzaman, Queen Mary Foundation Chief Executive Officer Lion Sajjad Hossain Siddiqi, Founder and Chairman of WOC Mohammad Aman Ullah, also chief organiser of the event, and prominent banker M Fariduzzaman were also present at the session among others.
CCPC Principal Colonel Abu Naser Md Toha in his speech congratulated the WOC authority for organising the event successfully at the institution.
He said anyone can visit any corner of the entire world if he or she can communicate efficiently with others in English.
The principal observed that many students, teachers and others can write English well, but can't express those properly due to having shyness.
"We have to give up the shyness for placing ourselves in a good position of life," the principal said, adding that shyness stands on way of attaining desired place.
He also advised the students not to mix up Bengali and English words in conversation.
He hoped that the students will be beneficiary through attending the English Olympiad.
WOC Founder and Chairman Mohammad Aman Ullah informed that more than 1,500 students from different schools, colleges and universities took part in the selection round of Chittagong division in six groups.
"Around 3,900 aspirants got registered for the selection round while more than 1,500 candidates got the chance for participation," he said.
The six groups are - KIDS (any one below class-II), Small Stars (Class-III to class-V), Juniors (Class-VI to Class-VIII), High Flyers (Class-IX to Class-X), Trail Blazers (Class-XI to Class-XII) and Seniors (anyone above HSC).
Each examinee was given WOC certificate after participating in the selection round.
Campaign is also going on for the second selection round in Sylhet division, added Aman.