Sex education to be introduced in school and madrasa curriculum of Bangladesh

Within the span of ten years, the education board has added and changed quite a few things in the curriculum here and there. However, recently the government has decided to take the initiative to launch “Sex-Reproductive Health Education” program which is quite a breakthrough for our schools and madrasas.

The brain behind the initiative

“Generation Break Through” will run the program accordingly in schools and other educational institutions around the country. The Secondary and Higher Education Department has been working on this project for about 20 to 25 years.

In an interview with Dhaka Tribune, Project Director and Director (Planning and Development) Dr Mohammad Jahangir Hossain mentioned in that the program took place in some schools and madrasas as “Phase One”. Since the program was running successfully, the government has decided to put it in under all schools and madrasas accordingly. With the end of a successful phase, the second phase of this program will start from this year. However, the official launch of this subject will occur around 2021-2022.

Better late than never

In the beginning, there were some concerns as most teachers and education institutions were doubtful of the program. However, with proper training funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the project broke through the stereotypes by taking small and steady steps. According to the sources, despite the “social constricting” ideologies, parents in most education institutions took an interest in the program.

Elementary and middle school students are studying under this program through sports at ‘Gender Equality for All Corner’ or ‘Teenage Corner’ established in the institutions. From the second phase onward, the program will have strict rules to accommodate trained teachers, fixed content and the consistent habit of creating a healthy environment for the students.

Small steps to a safer space

In a society where sexual abuse of both genders has increased at an alarming rate, sex education is a very crucial step for us. The idea of consent is much more diverse than we think of it to be.

“Be it a village or an urban society youths are sexually active, so they must know the dos and don’ts about safe sex and hygiene, in order to make the right decisions with situations like these”

Says Nusrat Zahid, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals, when asked about her take on this new program.

The fundamental knowledge about sexual reproductive health and safe sex will bring awareness among youths and their surroundings.

Sex education to be introduced in school and madrasa curriculum of Bangladesh

Within the span of ten years, the education board has added and changed quite a few things in the curriculum here and there. However, recently the government has decided to take the initiative to launch “Sex-Reproductive Health Education” program which is quite a breakthrough for our schools and madrasas.

The brain behind the initiative

“Generation Break Through” will run the program accordingly in schools and other educational institutions around the country. The Secondary and Higher Education Department has been working on this project for about 20 to 25 years.

In an interview with Dhaka Tribune, Project Director and Director (Planning and Development) Dr Mohammad Jahangir Hossain mentioned in that the program took place in some schools and madrasas as “Phase One”. Since the program was running successfully, the government has decided to put it in under all schools and madrasas accordingly. With the end of a successful phase, the second phase of this program will start from this year. However, the official launch of this subject will occur around 2021-2022.

Better late than never

In the beginning, there were some concerns as most teachers and education institutions were doubtful of the program. However, with proper training funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the project broke through the stereotypes by taking small and steady steps. According to the sources, despite the “social constricting” ideologies, parents in most education institutions took an interest in the program.

Elementary and middle school students are studying under this program through sports at ‘Gender Equality for All Corner’ or ‘Teenage Corner’ established in the institutions. From the second phase onward, the program will have strict rules to accommodate trained teachers, fixed content and the consistent habit of creating a healthy environment for the students.

Small steps to a safer space

In a society where sexual abuse of both genders has increased at an alarming rate, sex education is a very crucial step for us. The idea of consent is much more diverse than we think of it to be.

“Be it a village or an urban society youths are sexually active, so they must know the dos and don’ts about safe sex and hygiene, in order to make the right decisions with situations like these”

Says Nusrat Zahid, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals, when asked about her take on this new program.

The fundamental knowledge about sexual reproductive health and safe sex will bring awareness among youths and their surroundings.

See-saws through a border between two countries bridge humanity and hope

Seesaws bring us back to childhood. The innocent giggles and bliss of enjoyment in the highs and lows of the swing made life seem quite effortless. To rekindle lost hope between two nations, bright pastel pink seesaws were installed between the US-Mexico border. Children from both the borders have gathered around to enjoy the playfulness and are on board to make new friends.

Republicans keep saying how the US-Mexico border is a lawless place. This simple project clearly shows how it’s not as horrific as they make it out to be.

The Mastermind behind it all

Californian architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with the support of Colectivo Chopeke in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico were the mastermind behind it all.

According to Rael’s Instagram post, the project was a recognition of action that happens on one side which puts a direct impact on the other. They brought the conceptual drawings of the Teeter totter Wall from 2009 into reality.

This symbolizes the power of balance regardless of how delicate situations may become. The children and adults brought that symbolic concept into reality.

The “Anti-Trump” seesaws are gestures that no “wall” can break the hope of faith.

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Their website further talks about how Mexicans struggle to find work in the US, but often long to live comfortably in their own country. US industry and agriculture is dependent upon immigrant labour pools.

However, the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Immigration and Naturalization Services have made it increasingly difficult to attract foreign labour.

Read more: The story of Non-Bangalis in Bangladesh and the book that rescues them

The Teeter Totter Wall demonstrates the delicate balances between the two nations. Faith and goodness in humanity peaks on our social media feed once again.

“Almeerah” brings in first fashion rental service in Bangladesh

Defining fashion would be a difficult task. Some call it passion, some call it change and some believe trends are the mastermind behind it all. Fashion designers of Bangladesh have proved their talent and passion through leaps and bounds, representing their work to the world. Amidst new trends and innovating business ideas, the one to keep an eye out to is Almeerah.

Almeraah is bringing fashion to you the easiest way possible. It is the first rental service platform of Bangladesh associating with fashion. A digital wardrobe stacked with exclusive dry washed sarees that you can rent at a very affordable price within Dhaka.

An idea with a purpose

The story of Almeerah starts when the founder had to struggle with finding the right kind of blazer before a thesis defence. Unable to find any blazer appropriate for his height, he decides to borrow it from a friend who lived far away from him. Understanding the difficulty of fashion for people on different occasions, he realized that there could be a way through which fashion can be more accessible, affordable and fun for everyone. With a team and a plan, Almeerah is now set to help you rent exclusive sarees for occasions where you won’t have to buy a new one only to wear it once in a blue moon!

A minimalist approach to fashion

With the service that Almeerah provides for their customers, you will not only spend less money but your closet will no longer have clothes you barely wear. Almeerah has a sustainable approach to a choice you would not mind adding to your list. With their launch of this brand new online business, they will soon bring other products in-store soon.

Till then, choose katan, silk or traditional kanjipuram, because Almeerah has it all for you!

Flood in Bangladesh worsens. Here’s how you can help

Due to torrential rain and rush upstreams, flood has affected more than three million people all over 21 districts in Bangladesh. While some districts are improving through the steady progress, districts such as Jamalpur, Sylhet, Gaibandha, Sunamganj, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar are the most affected area so far.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

There is a scanty level of drinking water supplies, places to takes shelter in and diseases such as dengue and fever are spreading in these areas. In order to help. During these times of needs, the survivors and victims need as much as possible assistance necessary.

Source: Google

Charity organisations such as Islamic Relief USA, pennyappeal, CONCERN worldwide, Team বন্যা, Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh and many others are accepting donations and helping the people in these regions. If you want to help and train for the post-flood actions, do contact these organisations accordingly.

More than 100 people died over the week, due to a low source of healthy food and water, snakebites, drowning and other waterborne diseases.

This Indian fisherman survived four days at the sea until Bangladeshi sailors rescued him

A truly miraculous rescue of a man who survived all odds by the nature. Bangladesh cargo vessel rescues an Indian fisherman who was afloat on the sea for four days.

The shocking survival against nature

According to Times of India, on 4th of July around 100 trawlers left the Kadwip port of West Bengal. However, two days later, a storm attacked the sea and separated the fishermen on board. This led them to drift across the International Maritime Boundary into the waters of Bangladesh.

Rabindranath Das was one of them. While officials thought that the missing fishermen passed away, the crew bulk carrier MV Javad, a vessel of steel manufacturing company KSRM, spotted a man floating off the Chittagong coast. Namkhana fisherman, Rabindranath Das, survived the sea with a piece of bamboo and jerrycan tied together.

The rescuers found him four days after the trawler sank on Wednesday, 10th of July.

Safe and secure from the sea, Das is, however, traumatized by the memory of losing his fellow fishermen and neighbours. They lost their lives gambling with the sea until they could not survive it anymore. According to him, 11 fishermen along with Das himself, jumped into the sea after their trawler capsized on 6th of July. They offloaded a dozen of fuel drums, bound them with ropes and held onto it together. They survived the sea with no food and only rainwater to drink. Das broke down in tears as he spoke of his nephew Swapan who he held on to till Wednesday in the morning. He was washed away a few hours before his rescue.

Despite the trauma and risk of losing everything within a split of a second, Rabindranath Das did not lose hope and stayed resilient until the very last second.

The hero returns home

Das was handed over to the Indian High Commission on Friday, in Bangladesh. According to sources, his wife Banani was ecstatic and at loss of words with gratitude. She said, his children longed to see him.

Rabindranath Das returned to Kolkata on Saturday. However, according to Bijan Maity, secretary of Kakdwip Fishermen Association, Das is extremely weak and needs proper medication and treatment as soon as possible.

Coping with the sea with no safety

Due to the challenges of the climate changes that bring in drought, flood and other natural disasters, fishermen are brave and resilient throughout the year. The acts of bravery is a mask they wear to support their own family and survive the harsh economy.

Death of fishermen is normalized unless a miracle occurs. The security and safety of the fishermen in the sea remains questionable at all times.

Top 5 gaming headsets for an immersive gaming experience

Researching for a good gaming headset can become a difficult task. With the upcoming varieties of gaming headphones in the market, it might be difficult to choose “the one” for yourself. If you take gaming seriously, you know that a gaming PC, a good graphics card and a mouse isn’t the only thing that is important. A good budget gaming headsets not only affects the way you play, but it’s also important to block external noises, and give your long-lasting comfort while you play for hours for a musing gaming experience.
Here are the top 5 gaming headsets on an affordable budget for you to save up for!

Corsair HS50 Stereo

Corsair HS50 Stereo is the most available and worth your budget gaming headset of 2019 so far. Both the earcups and headbands are heavily padded and you can easily use it, as it comfortably adjusts with your ears and head. The headset has a strong bass response and has an impressive noise cancelling feature. The microphone offers a clean clear sound with no vibration or distortion.

Fantech HG11 Captain 7.1

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With an inline volume control and chrome lighting, the Fantech HG11 Captain 7.1 brings you comfort and a driver software that allows user to adjust base, treble and the environment how they want it to be on. The ear cups are quite large and sturdy. The headband is of steel which makes it pretty sustainable and not too heavy on the ears. One of the advantages of this headset is, being a USB headset it rarely changes the sound source. There will always be a computer where you can install a driver.

Razer Kraken 7.1 V2

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Although a bit more on the pricier scale, however, Razer itself has never failed to disappoint its users. The over sized earcup does not weigh down on your ears and are known to be downright soft and comfortable. You can also use the Razer Synapse 2.0 software to determine which programs will use the surround sound and which one will use regular stereo sound. Other than gaming experience, the 7.1 V2 also serves an excellent purpose on audio and music performance. You can set the headset with any genre to excel your music experience. All in all it is one of the headsets you can treat yourself with.

Logitech Prodigy G231

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At first glance you might as well confuse the G231 with G230. However with the neon orange design, the G231 stands out with their accessible ear cups, moving left to right giving enough space for all head shapes and sizes. The microphone is longer than most other Logitech headsets, however the mic boom is adjustable according to your needs. However, it doesn’t offer much build in quality or software support. That being said, if you are a starter this headphone might be affordable and something you can start of your gaming experience

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Source: Google

One of the most desired feature on gaming headsets is comfort and audio. the HyperX Cloud Stinger can offer you both with gaming and music experiences. It handles low frequencies better and can offer you the bass response you expect. Even through, the headset is heavier than most other headsets but is comfortable to the ears as the memory foams inside the ear cups offer much more sustainability.

Where to shop for your head gears:

If you opt for an online option, Amazon is the perfect option for you to look through their products. You can order through different online stores on Facebook who can bring you these products, for instance, shopup, backpackers etc. However, if you are looking to buy a headset in person Motaleb Plaza, Multiplan Centre and IDB Bhaban can be your go to shopping centres for you to unleash the shopaholic in you!

French movie “Fahim” to portray the story of Bangladeshi chess prodigy

With the movies that we are expecting to excite us head over heels, Fahim is that one movie that will leave us with tears, joy and a roller coaster of emotions. An unexpected french treat about a Bangladeshi champion.

Acted by Ahmed Assad, this French movie just might get us into the lives of the chess champion Fahim Mohammed and the obstacles he survived through it all.

The story of a champion in hiding

Fearing of abduction, Fahim Mohammad and his father are forced to flee from their hometown Bangladesh. Away from home, the father and son settle for Paris. Fahim and his father continue to live in Paris as illegal immigrants after their application seeking political asylum is rejected. Fearful of what the future may hold, both father and son continue to fight for the little champion’s dreams.

Fahim’s passion and love for chess lead him to meet with Sylvian, one of the best coaches in France. Their bittersweet relationship teaches him the purpose of putting his intellect into perspective. Fahim’s love for chess shows how he battles in the French Championship all the while tries to fit in a new country, tackling the pressure of expulsion and meeting new friends.

From “A Clandestine King” to a heartwarming movie

Fahim: The story of a brilliant Bangladeshi chess prodigy 1
Fahim Mohammad from the age of 11 has mastered the art of chess with the help of his father. Source: Google

A Clandestine King is an autobiographical story written by Fahim Mohammad himself. This heartwarming story of a struggling eight-year-old Bangladeshi in the world of chess is now being adapted to screen by director Pierre François Martin-Laval and produced by Patrick Godeau.

The movie is to be released on October, 2019.

5 things you should know before chasing the ‘University Life’

From middle school till high school we get to hear one common phrase from our elders. “Study now, in order to ‘chill’ when you head for University”.

The idea of becoming ‘free’ from multiple disciplinary academics is such a fantasy to all ‘to-be’ freshmen that they believe the prank that society plays on them. Most of us have faced the harsh reality, and have our ways of coping with it. But for those who haven’t applied for University or will be heading for it, here are the things you should know before you dwell into a journey of ‘adulthood’.

1. The Battle to get into a Public University

Right after you finish A levels or HSC, comes the most difficult competition of it all. It often leads to a nationwide swirl every year over the opportunity to get admitted to a public university. While it is an amazing opportunity that you earn for yourself, it is also important to realize that not getting into one, does not necessarily mean that you do not have it in you to be a smart student.

Public universities are not golden gooses and it certainly isn’t the end of the road.

Read more: Where the real pride of Dhaka University lies

There are multiple Universities all across the country which offers you a certificate and scholarships you deserve. So, try not to break down, because you need to save up some energy to deal with quite a lot of adult problems ahead.

2. Choose your major wisely

By now, you should know what you love to do, and even if you don’t, that is also okay. However, try to choose a major or a department you want to genuinely study in and want to enjoy learning.

Read more: Choosing the right foreign university

If you want to study engineering, good on you. But if you want to be a writer or an anthropologist and you end up taking Computer Science and Engineering because you are too afraid of what your relatives might say of you, do understand this, none of them will help you out at 3 am in the morning to finish your assignment which will be due in the next six hours. You deserve the best in the world and you have to learn to fight for it.

3. You need to be present

Whether it is an orientation or a discussion which helps you with understanding the curriculum of your University or your department in details, you need to be there. Once you do get acquainted with everything, right after your classes start, it might be tempting to miss classes since you have been such a goody two shoes all your school life.

You might think you ‘owe it to yourself’ but understand your priority first, then the luxury, my friend. Regular attendance in your classes will not only help you keep in track with quizzes and lectures but you might also be a friendly face to your professor which will help you in the long run. The idea of getting a good grade in your courses is to be present, no matter what!

4. There is nothing called ‘chill time’ in your prime time

Sadly, the idea of having the most independent and free time when you are studying in a University is a lie that parents feed us so that we study more when it is easy to control us.

Of course, when you are in a University, you get to meet new people, hang out more, take time for finding your passion for something you were always interested in such as a part-time job, travel with your friends etc.

Read more: Struggles of an English major in Bangladesh

But it all becomes difficult to handle when you try to adjust all this while you are trying to graduate. This leads up to late night study hours, overeating, anxiety and that is where you really need to unleash the energy we told you to hold onto.

It might be tricky, but it’s not impossible to experience the best of everything with little time management hacks. All in all, enjoy your time but do not let yourself drift away.

Read more: Perils of Graduation

5. Treat yourself!

While you go through the freshmen, sophomore and senior phases of the years you are in the University, you will realize that not all friendships last, not everyone you like will love you back, that society has constructions you wish you knew before, that there are these crowds who call themselves “boro bhais” and they are of no use to you and that is okay.

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With all the hardships you may think you have to face, there is also a beam of light which will get you through it all. You need to sleep well, eat healthy, make healthy relationships with people and they do not have to be a handful. Most importantly treat yourself after every accomplishment or failure you may face in life because before anyone else you need to learn to love yourself.

Here’s to figuring out adulthood and much more!