Recent Projects

2013: Generation Change
Non-violent political participation and social media
This is a training program for students of undergraduate level enrolled in Bangladeshi universities. This project was proposed by International Education And Resource Network - Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) to the American Center of U.S. Embassy Dhaka for creating an opportunity for the Bangladeshi youth to become future leaders through structured lectures paring with academic and technical focuses. The expected outcome of the project is to build tolerance and peace among young citizens by spreading the learning to their peers through social media. The program was formally opened on January 21, 2013, with the presence of Cultural Affairs Officer at the American Center, Dhaka Mr. Bilal Faruqi, trainers, participants and other distinguished guests. There were weekly training sessions for six months each of which had academic and technical treats based on philosophies of renowned world leaders including Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, and Mahatma Gandhi. 40 undergraduate level students were selected from different public and private universities as the participants. Classes were conducted by local trainers, university professors, and nationally and internationally known experts in their respective fields. At the end of the training program, based on performances of the participants, eight paid interns were selected for one month in August 2013 who prepared and launched a social media campaign on non-violent political participation. The training sessions were held at the EMK Center and Eastern University Campus both located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka from February to July 2013. The Director of the American Center, Dhaka Ms. Viraj M. LeBailly distributed completion certificates among participants on July 27, 2013, in the Closing Presentations at the EMK Center, Dhaka.
2013: Photojournalism 2.0
Images of Social Change
The very name of the project in Bangladesh for high school teachers and students was apprehended as "Photojournalism 2.0: Images of Social Change" with the subtitle "Empowering a new generation of civic education leaders in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tajikistan." The International Education And Resource Network (iEARN) was granted to work with The Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State to foster positive and productive interaction among educators and students in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Tajikistan through a global high school photojournalism education program. Through this project, participants were expected  to use photography to build people-to-people ties that will promote a stable, prosperous, and integrated region. High school teachers and students seek programs to help them use new media to explore local and global issues, to connect with peers abroad, and to take action as their communities build civil society institutions. Photojournalism 2.0 did focus on underserved communities of educators and students in each country, supporting participants to address freedom of expression and journalism ethics issues, while highlighting photography and journalism as career choices. Under this project, five schools from five districts in Bangladesh were provided with photography and computing equipment to build a media lab at each school with internet connectivity. The project ends with a local exhibition in Dhaka attended by a selected group of teachers and students from Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Jessore, Sirajganj, and Nawabganj. Cutting-edge photographic tools and social media were used to create, publish and distribute compelling images to national and global audiences.
2012: Youth TechCamp Bangladesh
A skill development initiative for Social Activism through Media.
Youth TechCamp Bangladesh 2012 was held at Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts, Dhaka on 16-18 September 2012. This was a skill development initiative for the Bangladeshi youth funded by the U.S. Department of State and organized by International Education And Resource Network - Bangladesh. Participating youths were the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program alumni in Bangladesh. Information Management Officer, Mr. Charles Eckert from the U.S. Embassy Dhaka inaugurated the event. The theme of the TechCamp was Social Activism through Media with three sub-themes:  Citizen Journalism,  Digital Storytelling, and Social Media. On each sub-theme, there was a pool of skilled trainers who are technologically recognized in Bangladesh. Trainers lead the learning journey of 22 participants with the aid of modern equipment and software tools. Participants learnt how to make a plan of a social campaign, design with technology and finally reach the target group through communication media. Each day was full of exciting experiences that finally came to an end with three end products. Three distinct groups developed three products under each theme: a Blog with Wordpress, a documentary video with Dreamweaver, and a social campaign page on Facebook.  After showing their products participants were given certificates in the presentation ceremony in front of the audience with teachers, NGO leaders, State Alumni, IT experts and other influential persons of the society. First time ever in Bangladesh, the Youth TechCamp ended with enthusiasm to serve Bangladesh.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


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