Mr. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Information Adviser to Honorable Prime Minister is addressing as the chief guest at the first Youth Summit on Ageing organized by Ageing Support Forum, a youth group of age-care and support in Bangladesh.
The first Youth Summit on Ageing was held on 21 November 2015 at Shomajsheba Auditorium, Agargaon with the theme “Global Ageing: The Right of the Older Person”. The gala event was organized by Ageing Support Forum, a youth group of age-care and support in Bangladesh. The National Human Rights Commission, Daffodil International University, ISWR Dhaka University were the co-organizer of the event.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Information Adviser to Honorable Prime Minister inaugurated the program as the chief guest. Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed Chairman, Standard Bank Limited and Former President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Md. Sabur Khan, Former President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( DCCI) & Chairman of Daffodil Group, Gazi Md. Nurul Kabir- Director General, Shomajsheba Odhodoptor were present as the special guests.
The key-note paper was presented by Kazi Reazul Haque, Full Time Member of National Human Rights Commission.The session was preside over by Prof. Dr. ASM Atiqur Rahman, Director, Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka. The Summit started with a grand Rally from IDB Bhaban to Shomajsheba Odhidoprtor.
Event partners were SBSF, Sir William Beberidge Foundation (SWBF), Resource Integration Centre (RIC) and Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine. It was a daylong event and more than 350 young people from different corners of the country were the participants.
A partial view of the Rally
There were a Panel session entitled Global Ageing; Role of Youth. The Panel moderated by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Polli Karma Songsthan Foundation (PKSF). Other Panelist were Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam, President, Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine (BAAIGM) Ms. Masuma Khatun Lipa, Derecor of Givensee Group and Oldage rehabitation Centre , Maj. Gen. (Retd) Jiban Kanai Das, Country Director, Sir William Beveridge Foundation Bangladesh Mr. Md. Haseeb Khan, Director, Resource Integration Centre, Dr. Md. Rabiul Islam, Associate Professor, ISWR, University of Dhaks Dr. Md. Hafizuddin Bhuiyan, Associate Professor, ISWR, University of Dhaka
Syed Mizanur Rahman Raju, Head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Daffodil International University was the Moderator of the intergenerational panel. The Panel was a live discussion, the representatives of both older and younger generation sat together and found the gap between them.
A discussion session among the old and young generation
Prof. Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission was the Chief Guest of the Closing ceremony of the program.A huge number of young people were motivated to start community base age-care and support voluntarily. The Summit was a giant step for the welfare and support of the older persons in the country.