A month-long Science Film Festival 2019, the first of its kind, aiming to facilitate the knowledge of science among children, commenced on Saturday in the capital.
The festival has been organised by Goethe Institut Bangladesh in association with JAAGO Foundation, Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, PASCH-Schools: Partners for the Future, South Point School and College, Oxford International School, Maple Leaf International School and Mastermind International School.
The festival was inaugurated on Saturday at Nawab Ali Auditorium, Maple Leaf International School in Dhanmondi.
Deputy head of mission at German Embassy in Dhaka Burkhard Ducoffre and director at Centre for Sustainable Development of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh Dr Samiya Selim, among others, were present as honourable guests at the opening event.
Director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch delivered the welcome speech at the inaugural ceremony.
‘Science Film Festival is here to engage people with a sustainable future. The science films are particularly addressed to the young generation. The youngsters should take it as a chance to explore a diversity of worlds via the films from around the globe and in real life by communicating with other school students during screenings,’ said Kirsten Hackenbroch.
‘Scientific research will be a key factor for Bangladesh in its endeavour to achieving the status of a developed country. The Science Film Festival presents scientific issues, its accessibility and is entertaining a broad audience. It demonstrates that science can be approached in various ways,’ said Burkhard Ducoffre.
‘The importance of science communication is now more urgent than ever. This is why the Humboldt and Web of Life Science Festival took this great initiative that is addressing the importance of reaching out to the younger audience and sharing the science behind climate change, plastic pollution, sustainability and other such critical issues,’ said Dr Samiya Selim.
The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. In cooperation with local partners, it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through film and television content with accompanying educational activities.
The event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide.
The festival will end on November 15.
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