Dhaka, 5 April 2015: In observance of World Autism Awareness Day, UNIC Dhaka and Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) jointly organized a Cultural event with the participation of autistic children at BPF auditorium on 5 April 2015. An art exhibition was also opened at the beginning of the event. In his speech, M. Moniruzzaman, UNIC Officer-in-Charge urged the policy makers and voluntary organizations to come forward with appropriate steps to meet the challenges of the people with autism. The Executive Director of BPF Dr. Shamim Ferdous presided over the function while Kazi Ali Reza, Director (Communication) of Dhaka Ahsania Mission spoke as Chief guest. They focused on various issues of autism disorders and have put emphasis on awareness programme. The autistic children of BPF Inclusive School took part in dance and musical show. Around 200 children, parents, teachers and guests took part in the event.
Dhaka, 12 August 2014: Mental Health issues always ignored in our society and a large proportion of young persons are experiencing mental health problems globally, especially countries like Bangladesh. Quoting a new UN publication the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in his 2014 Int’l Youth Day (IYD) Message that ‘20 per cent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition each year’. The theme of this year’s IYD is ‘Mental Health Matters’ and slogan is ‘Youth and Mental Health’. Highlighting the theme of IYD, UNIC Dhaka with the partnership of UNFPA, UNV and Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) organized an Art Exhibition, Discussion and Cultural events at BPF auditorium on 12 August 2014. UN Resident Coordinator a.i, UNFPA Representative and Chairperson of UN Adolescent and Youth Group Ms Argentina Matavel Piccin opened the art exhibition and spoke in the discussion seminar as chief guest. The Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka M. Moniruzzaman delivered introductory speech and read-out UN Secretary-General’s Message on the Day while Principal of Kalyani Inclusive School, BPF Anuja Begum presided over the session. A dance and music was arranged, participated by BPF autistic children. A social media campaign with the artwork of Emon – an autistic youth also began last week.
Dhaka, 7 April 2014: In observance of World Autism Awareness Day, UNIC Dhaka and Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) jointly organized a seminar, arts/crafts exhibition and cultural function at BPF premises in Dhaka. UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman spoke on the occasion as chief guest while Executive Director of BPF Dr. Shamim Ferdous presided over. A video on ‘autistic spectrum disorder’ was screened before the audience. Bangla translated version of UNSG’s Message on the Day was read-out and distributed among the audience. A cultural function was performed by the autistic children of BPF autistic school. At the beginning, an art/craft exhibition was opened by UNIC OIC. Around 300 autistic children and their parents were present in the programme.