Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers to be launched

Staff Correspondent  | Published: 01:49, Jan 24,2020


Ashoka, a global organisation supporting the social entrepreneurs, will launch the ‘Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers’ programme in Bangladesh to strengthen its movement ‘Everyone a Changemaker.’

It will elect the first group of young changemakers by the next couple of months in partnership with BRAC in the memory of late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed who has been instrumental in Ashoka’s journey in Bangladesh, said a press release.

By identifying and selecting inspiring young people (under the age of 20) as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka will create a new type of role models for Bangladesh’s children and youth who have the potential to impact an entire generation by inspiring them to become changemakers.

Ashoka will support them by influencing other stakeholders of society such as schools, parents and the educational system so that every child in Bangladesh can grow as a changemaker. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairperson of BRAC, nominated the first Ashoka Fellow.

Currently, there are over 90 Ashoka Fellows in Bangladesh including Shykh Seraj, Sebastian Groh, Runa Khan, Ananya Raihan, Ejaj Ahmed, Monira Rahman and Sajida Rahman Danny.

Ashoka was founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton, who first coined the term ‘social entrepreneurship’, and popularised it as a ‘silent yet powerful’ revolution for changing the world for the better.

Headquartered in Arlington of the US, the Ashoka rates social entrepreneurs as the individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges.

They are ambitious and persistent — tackling major issues and offering new ideas for systems-level change, it said.

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