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Outstanding stands one core taka by a single staff!

Desk report

Siptee Ray, First Credit Officer, Branch Daudkandi-1 & Sankori Rani Das, First Credit Office, Branch Daudkandi-2, Comilla Region, UDDIPAN achieved an amount of Taka One Core, as outstanding.

UDDIPAN would like to congratulate both staff members for their notable achievement. Usually rewards its staff members for their extra ordinary performance in terms of achieving their programmatic targets.

UDDIPAN TVET Centre formally launched

Md. Maruf Khan

On June 3, 2014 ‘UDDIPAN Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project Empowering Vulnerable Youngsters of the Port City Chittagong in Bnagladesh’ and under that project ‘UDDIPAN Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)’ center was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Ali Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Chittagong City Corporation. Further, Special Guest Mahabubuulla Alam, Commissioner of Chittagong City Corporation and Guests of Honor Mahmudul Kabir, Country Director, Terri des Homes – Netherlands spoke at the opening ceremony. Moreover, students & their guardians spoke on the occasion.

Lunching ceremony was presided over by the UDDIPAN Chairperson Shahid Hossain Talukder and was moderated by UDDIPAN Executive Director & CEO Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury.

The chief guest in his speech said that “the various purposes of life, we are to learn through training, techniques & strategies that are taught us as education. If you would like to avail the benefits of education we have to understand the importance of our behavior.” The president said, “the country of 100 million people is not a problem, if we have required skilled manpower.”

The guest of honor & Country Director Terri des Homes – Netherlands’s speech comes up about the plight of unskilled Bangladeshi workers at abroad. He said to stimulate the TVET center’s trainees “greater demand for skilled workers are in abroad. We actually do not have any of poverty. Ultimately we have poverty of opportunity.” Event Moderator thanked the Owners of the industry and requested them “please let us know your need about the nature of competent workers. Our students are going to take that kind of commitment.”

Well Group's Manager Mohammad Mahibullaha, owner of Haque Fan Industry MA Malek, Principal BKTTC Md. Nazrul Islam attended at the inaugural session. On the other hand, local influential persons, journalists from various electronic & print media and NGO representatives took part the launching ceremony.

At last, Child & Youth Club members of Banashkhali were performed a cultural program.

  • Reporter: Assistant Director, Social Development in MFPs, UDDIPAN

Seminar on Optional Protocol

Md. Maruf Khan

A National Seminar on `Implementation of Optional Protocol to the UNCRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography: Role of Stakeholders’ was held on 30 June 2013 at BIAM Foundation, Dhaka. Ms. Meher Afroze Chumki, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Women & Children Affairs was as Chief Guest. Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairman, BSAF and Executive Director, UDDIPAN chaired the seminar. Md. Iqbal Ahmed, Executive Board Member, BSAF welcomed the audience.

Mr. Abdulla Al Mamun, Program Manager- Governance, Manusher Jonno Foundation presented a keynote paper. ‘Now a day, pornography is very much alarming issue in Bangladesh’, he said. He said also, ‘there are many types of businesses have developed relating the pornography. And almost customers are adolescents & youths of this trade’. From audience participants raised that separate division should be established under the Ministry of Women & Children Affairs and Domestic Child Labour should be considered as risky job. Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairman, BSAF and Executive Director, UDDIPAN said in his concluding speech, ‘in Bangladesh 4 lac children are working as domestic child labor. If we want to eliminate the child labour Govt. has to budget yearly 1460 cror taka only’.

Honorable Minister said, ‘though I have taken the responsibility of my ministry at the end time of my Government; but, I will try to start the process to establish an individual department on children under the ministry of Women & Children Affairs.

  • Reporter: Assistant Director, Social Development in MFPs, UDDIPAN

Mosammat Asma Akter Hasina Akther

Outstanding stands one core taka by a single staff!

Desk report

Mosammat Asma Akter, Credit Officer, Branch Shacar-1, Chandpur Region, UDDIPAN is the first staff who achieved an amount of outstanding One Core taka. On the other hand, Hasina Akther, Credit Office, Branch Kocua-1, Chandpur Region, UDDIPAN also achieved an amount of outstanding One Core taka. UDDIPAN would like to congratulate both staff members for their notable achievement. It is noted that UDDIPAN rewords to encourage their staff’s performance. It is also to be noted that UDDIPAN usually reward their staff members for their outstanding performances.

NO to child labor in domestic work

Md. Maruf Khan

A National Seminar on “Confronting the Challenges of Child Domestic Workers in Bangladesh: Lessons Learned and the Future Course” was held at the eve of World Day against Child Labour (WDACL) on June 12, 2013 at the CIRDAP auditorium from 9:30am to 1:00pm; organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, collaboration with ILO, Save the Children International, Bangladesh Shishu Adhaikar Forum (BSAF) and Manusher Jonno Foundation. “NO to child labor in domestic work”, the theme slogan was considered for this year. Begum Monnujan Sufian, MP Honarable State Minister, Ministry of Labour and Employment was the Chief Guest; Mr. Srinivas B. Reddy, Director, ILO Country office for Bangladesh was the Special Guest and was chaired by Mr. Md. Mojibur Rahman, Joint Secretary (Admin and Dev) and Acting Secretary, Ministry of Labor and Empowerment. Keynote paper was presented by Prof. Monirul I. Khan, Department of Sociology, Dhaka University. Statement was given by Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairman, BSAF and Executive Director, UDDIPAN; Mr. Iqbal Nayyer, Deputy Country Director (Program Operations), Save the Children International and others.

Honorable Minister said in her speech, “Who will take responsibility for ‘No child labour’? I think the Government alone can put a stop to Child Labour. So, we have to raise awareness and resist child labour. Although we are a poor country, our Government wants to stop child labour within 2015, but our country’s people are very intelligent. So, if we really surely want, we can surely put a stop child labour.”

In the preliminary discussion most of the conversationalists claimed to the Government to consider the domestic child labour as a hazardous job. Mr. Emranul Huq said, “I am a bit puzzled about the theme slogan. I think it is a rather soft slogan. I believe we should resist the employment of the child labour, ILO convention 189 should be ratified and Bangladesh Government should consider ‘Stop Child Labour’ as law’.”

Note that, last day a Press Conference was held at Press Club, Dhaka regarding today’s seminar.

  • Reporter: Assistant Director, Social Development in MFPs, UDDIPAN

Launching Ceremony and Kick off workshop with LGI members

Md. Nazmul Karim

A launching ceremony was held on 20th September 2012 at BRAC INN Centre. The day long workshop was organized for attaining two objectives. One is for getting acquaintance to the state parties including stakeholders of the project especially orient LGI members of working areas about project goal and objectives and relevant activities. The workshop was organized in two phases. Morning session was designed especially for LGI members who came from different project areas, two members from each UP or ward. This session was chaired by a LGI representative from Jessore Pourashova , Secretary of Ministry of LGRD was chief guest, Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, ED of UDDIPAN and Advocate Salma Ali, ED of BNWLA as special guest. Ms. Hosne Ara Begum, Deputy Director of UDDIPAN presented project brief in ppt format. Mr. Idris Ali Khan, Manager (NSA) of SCI moderated the session. Mr. Shamsul Alam Bokul, Deputy Director, CRG of the Save also spoke on the occasion. The whole session was conducted by a Senior Assistant Secretary of Ministry of Labor & Manpower, government of Bangladesh.

Participants of the morning session were very interactive and lively. They shared their ideas and experiences openly in front of relevant government high officials and NGO policy makers on scope and limitations of existing LGIs in Bangladesh context.

After lunch Project’s launching ceremony started at same venue. In the auspicious session State Minister of LG&RD ministry Mr. Jahangir Kabir Nanok consented to attend as chief guest but due to his sudden government assignment he couldn’t attend in the meeting but he sent a written address to the audience of the occasion. Ms. Birgit Lundback, Director, CRG paid welcome address to the audience.

The ED of UDDIPAN and BNWLA paid their inaugural speech to the audiences. In addition to this, a Chairman of UP and a Mayor of Pourashova respectively delivered their speeches. Mr. Meshkat Ahmed Chowdhury, Joint Secretary ( development) Ministry of Social Welfare and speech delivered by the special guest hon’ble ambassador and head of delegation of the European Union of Bangladesh Mr. William Hanna.

After inaugural speech a documentary film show and a colorful children performance was presented to the honorable guests and subsequently presented a short brief on project by Mr. Abdullah Al Hasan, Director BNWLA followed by a brief presentation on base line report by the consultant Mr. Mira Nazmul Huda. Later on a lively open discussion on the presented report held with lively participation of participants.

The auspicious launching session was moderated by Mr. Shamsul Alam Bakul, Deputy Director, CRG of Save the Children.

  • Reporter: project Coordinator, Rural Urban Child Migration Project-Link, UDDIPAN

Seminar on Rural Urban Child Migration Project and Registration System and Computer and accessories distribution ceremony

Md. Nazmul Karim

A promising and interactive seminar was held during distribution of computers and accessories to the LGIs and police stations at UDDIPAN Training Centre on June 27, 2013, duly organized by UDDIPAN Rural Urban Child Migration Project.

In the remarkable event chief guest full time member of National Human Rights Commission Mr. Kazi Reazul Hoque unable to attend in the occasion as unfortunately felt sudden sickness but conveyed his best wishes for the event and project as well. Deputy Secretary & Zonal Executive Officer of Dhaka North City Corporation Mr. Amar Chan Banik and Senior Manager (NSA) of Save the Children Mr. Md. Idris Ali Khan, attended the event as special guest and Mr. Md. Moinul Islam Inspector (investigation) of Mirpur thana and Mr.Md. Ismail Hossain, Sub Inspector of Shahali thana attended in the occasion as honorable guest while the Executive Director of UDDIPAN presided over the seminar. A power point presentation on, “RUCM – Link project and its community initiatives and registration system” presented in the seminar by the Project Coordinator, Mr. Nazmul Karim.

After presentation a short address by Mr. Md. Moinul Islam Inspector (investigation) from Mirpur thana and Mr Md. Ismail Hossain, Sub Inspector from Shahali thana concluded that expressing their big concern over the project activities and its unique objectives. Mr. Idris Ali Khan tried to explain project’s ins and outs to the audience. Before delivering address by the special guest Mr.Amar Chan Banik distributed Computers and other needful accessories to Ward Council offices and Police stations accordingly. Respective officials from Ward Council offices (Ward Secretary) and police officers received the equipments from special guest and the Executive Director of UDDIPAN. Later on, the special guest and Chief Executive Officer of Dhaka North City Corporation addressed to the audience. In his commendable speech he expressed his admiration to the project activities and specially registration and providing ID cards to the children at risk and who are already migrated. He entrusted us to extend his hand with respect to the project well off implementation. At the end of the seminar UDDIPAN Executive Director Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury conveyed thanks to all participants and sought heartfelt cooperation from all GO, NGO and CSO with a view to uphold child rights issues especially reducing child migration in Bangladesh.

  • Reporter: project Coordinator, Rural Urban Child Migration Project-Link, UDDIPAN

Birgit Lundbak, Director, Child Rights Governance of Save the Children visited UDDIPAN RUCMP- Link Project area at Daudkandi

Md. Nazmul Karim

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An intensive day long field visit paid by Director CRG of Save the Children International (SCI) Ms. Birgit Lundbak on September 29, 2013 at Daudkandi, Ruarl Urban Child Migration- Link area. She was accompanied by Mr. Idris Ali Khan, Senior Manager, CRG of SCI. Mr. Nazmul Karim, Project Coordinator, Rural Urban Child Migration Project- Link of UDDIPAN, welcomed the visitors and accompanied with them during visit.

The Objective of the visit was to be updated on progress and discuss possible challenges

The visit included the following activities:

  • Court yard session observation
  • UP based child registration for at risk of unsafe migration
  • Steering committee meeting observation
  • Community Information Center visit
  • Meeting with Community Watch Group (CWG) and Peer group members

After visit she wrote a comment in her report that overall the visit was a positive experience. The partner looks to be doing a good job and very positive relations have been built with the community.

  • Reporter: project Coordinator, Rural Urban Child Migration Project-Link, UDDIPAN