An interesting Day For The Students
Ramisa Nawar Promee
December 12, 2011 was a great day for the students of Viqarunnisa Noon College (VNC). US Embassy organised a programme on 'Youth Employment'. The auditorium was filled with all the students of the college. The guests were Ronan Farrow, Special Adviser to the US, Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues, Lauren Lovelace, Director of the American Center and Ryan Bradeen, Cultural Affairs Officer for Education and Cultural Exchange.
Inaugurating the programme, Ryan Bradeen introduced the students with the education system in USA through multimedia projects and then showed the statistics of these educational institutions' progress and positions in the world during the last ten years.
The special guest, Ronan Farrow was warmly welcomed with flower bouquets and drum beats. The rhythm of the drums added a new vigour to the programme. He was also gifted a painting of Royal Bengal Tiger painted by the students. Then the students also performed a dance based on Bangladeshi culture. After that, all the guests and the principal of the respective college, Monju Ara Begum delivered their valuable speeches. Lauren Lovelace praised the students and the teachers for the effort they put behind to host the event. After that, Ronan Farrow shared his thoughts about Youth Employment. He also faced some questions asked by the curious students and answered accordingly. At the end, students were distributed forms and leaflets of 'Education USA'. The programme aimed to create a bridge between USA and Bangladeshi cultures and show a path of bright future to the students.
Ronan Farrow is Special Adviser to the US Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues. During his four-day visit in Dhaka from December 9-12, Farrow met with youth leaders, educators, students and the media to highlight the importance of youth participation in political and civil society and how the U.S. Government plans to engage young people across Bangladesh. Together with U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena, Special Adviser Farrow inaugurated the Ambassador's Youth Council in Bangladesh, which is part of a global focus by Secretary Clinton and President Obama on giving young leaders a voice in US policy processes. Eight young community leaders and entrepreneurs will advise the United States government on Bangladesh's challenges and opportunities and will play a key role in shaping policies and initiatives that respond to the concerns of Bangladesh's youth majority.
(The writer is a student of Class-XI (Science), Viqarunnisa Noon College.)