Call for Applications: The Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award under the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital in Response to Covid-19 program is up for grabs and we are inviting you to be a part of this exciting challenge as we promote the spirit of caring and sharing in our communities. More information regarding the eligibility criteria , rules and regulations and more can be found at this link: https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/shyva/
11 March 2021 | Thursday
The Opening Ceremony and Media Briefing of the Entrepreneurship, Skills & Employment Camp under Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 was held on 11 March 2021 at the National Sports Council Auditorium. State Minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel MPwas present as the chief guest at the program. President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) Taha Ayhan virtually joined the event as the guest of Honor. Cabinet Secretary of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Khandker Anwarul Islam and Md. Akhter Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh were present as Special Guest. The event was chaired by the Director-General of the Department of Youth Development of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh Mr. Md. Azharul Islam Khan.
Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP announced the inauguration of the Entrepreneurship, Skills & Employment Camp which will be organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and said in his Chief Guest speech, “Bangladesh first joined the OIC under the visionary leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.
“Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, the symbol of Bangladesh’s independence, was born in this historic month of March. It is our great pleasure as we are inaugurating this nice event Entrepreneurship, Skills & Employment Camp in this month” he added.
The Guest of Honor of the occasion, President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) Taha Ayhan said, “The camp will provide young people with the training they need, professional guidance, global connectivity, decision-making skills, and performance development skills”.
Speaking as the special guest, Mr. Khandker Anwarul Islam, Cabinet Secretary, Cabinet Division, said, “The more advanced the nation is in the IT sector, the higher they are in today’s world. In order to accelerate the ongoing trend of socio-economic development of our country, we need to involve more of our young people in the field of information technology”.
Speaking on the occasion, as special guest of the program, Md Akhter Hossain, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports said, “We are proud and happy to be able to organize this mega event on the joyous occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.
The chair of the program was Mr. Md. Azharul Islam Khan, Director General, Department of Youth Development, he said in his speech that “By this competition, we want to engage youth with decision-making, ideas and innovations to build a resilient and sustainable future”.
The Muslim youths from OIC Member States and beyond will be eligible to participate in the “Entrepreneurship, Skills & Employment Camp”. The competition will take place in two layers: Regional and International. The Camp aims to create a platform to bring together successful IT startups, potential youth for job market from Bangladesh and other OIC Member States, investors, mentors, founders, governmental authorities, international institutions, ecosystem influencer, and sectoral partners within OIC global network. By training pre-seed/seed/early-stage startups, Entrepreneurship, Skills & Employment Camp will increase their knowledge on the market, business model, and enhance their presentation, management and networking skills.
Interested youths can register and find more information at: https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/esec
Background of the Programme
Dhaka was declared as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020” by the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) on 25 December 2019, marking the commencement of a wide spectrum and dynamic engagement amongst the youth of the OIC and the Muslim communities spread all over the world. The selection of Dhaka as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020” coincided with the onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic. The activities planned during the initial design phases had to be greatly modified and augmented with the introduction of ICT technologies as the Youth Capital’s year commenced.
To celebrate the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020, ten other elaborate mega events have been designed which will be implemented by various lead and co-lead Ministries throughout the year. “Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award 2020” has been planned as one the mega events which will be organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the lead Ministry, with the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs being the co-host Ministries. The Forum is a global network of organizations/individuals involved in international volunteering, promoting the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices.
Context of the Programme
During the crisis situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the youth have shown that they are also the present and the most relevant stakeholders in building up resilience against COVID-19. They have been the first responders to the crisis situation in almost everywhere of the world. From providing food and relief, they have facilitated emergency medical support as well as buried the dead bodies of the COVID affected patients when nobody else dared to. They have helped the health caregivers with free transportation and ride during the lockdown situation, showed great care to the stray animals, provided food for the duty heroes and the list goes on and on. Now it’s time their efforts and contributions in combating the COVID-19 pandemic were acknowledged and recognized.
Bangladesh as a nation has also shown great resistance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and got great success under the prudent and visionary leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. So the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh wants to recognize the Indomitable Spirit shown by the Young Volunteers across the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by organizing “Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award 2020” under the umbrella of the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020.
Objectives of the Programme
- to recognize the Indomitable Spirit shown by the Young Volunteers across the Globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- to appreciate the great resistance Bangladesh has shown in their successful fight against COVID-19 pandemic under the prudent and visionary leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
- to encourage more youths across the globe to take part in voluntary and humanitarian activities
- to give the young volunteers opportunity to compete against and make connections with their global counterparts
- to give the young volunteers mentorship opportunity where they will get to learn from the leaders
- to make the youth feel an important stakeholder of the society
- to engage the youths in decision and policy making level
The competition is taking place in two stages – National (Bangladesh) and International.
The registration for the national (Bangladesh) stage is already completed. Top 100 and top 10 winners from the national stage will be announced soon. Top 10 participants will automatically join the International Stage.
For the selection of the International Stage of the Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award 2020, ten participants (individual and/or organization) will be shortlisted in five categories from each of the following six regions: Bangladesh, Middle East, Rest of Asia, Africa, North America and Europe.
The categories for the International Stage are as follows:
- Volunteer Leadership
Individuals and groups (not registered organizations/NPOs/NGOs/INGOs) who have led and supported their local communities, conducted voluntary activities to protect the environment and biodiversity, performed acts of bravery, etc. during COVID-19 crisis situation, will get the Volunteer Leadership award.
- Media and Service Excellence
Media personnel and people from different services who have taken life risks and performed their job during the COVID-19 situation, will get the Media and Service Excellence award.
- Online Volunteer Campaign
Individuals and organizations that have played crucial roles in combating COVID-19 pandemic through online volunteerism i.e. online campaigns, information sharing etc., will get the Online Volunteer Campaign award.
- Best Innovative Idea
Individuals and organizations that have come up with the most innovative and creative voluntary initiatives in in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, will get the Best Innovative Idea award.
- Outstanding Youth-led Voluntary Organization
Registered youth-led organizations that have made significant and exemplary contribution through voluntary activities during the COVID-19 crisis situation, will get the Outstanding Youth-led Voluntary Organization award.
Evaluation and Prizes
A Jury Board consisting renowned National & International Personalities related with social and civic work i.e. Researchers and Academicians, Policy Makers, Representatives from Development Sector etc. will be responsible for the selection process. The Jury Board will evaluate the applications based on eligibility and criteria. Top 50 participants from five international regions each will receive customized crest and certificate. Top 5 winners each will receive trophy, certificate and prize money worth USD 2000.
Conditions and Rules for Participation
- Individuals/organizations must submit their voluntary activities as asked in the registration forms
- Participants can register in multiple categories (maximum 2)
- Participation is allowed to the citizens with Muslim background from the selected regions
- The age limit is 18 to 35 years
- Individuals/organizations must submit valid evidence of the voluntary activities
- For video submission, video must not be more than one-minute long and must be submitted in MP4 format (and the size must not exceed 10MB)
- Valid legal documents must be submitted in case of registered organizations
- The participants must adhere to the event’s regulations and procedures as stated by the organizing committee
Volunteers are requested to submit their voluntary activities (available at – http://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/shyva). The deadline for the registration is 15 April 2021.
For more information, visit the platforms below –
The Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh organized a press briefing session in order to inaugurate the “OIC Knowledge Master” competition, which is one of the key programs of the mega event- Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020.
One of the main difficulties the youth face nowadays is making right decisions fast. Being able to make the right decisions fast could save them a lot of time which they could use in shaping the decisions better afterwards. To break this stiffness and help the youth making most of their time during this COVID-19 pandemic, “OIC Knowledge Master” quiz competition is going to be organized in participation with the youth of the OIC Member States and representatives from the Muslim communities of the non-OIC Member States. This competition will also help to address our Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call to engage youths with decision-making, ideas and innovations to build a resilient and sustainable future for all.
This year’s celebrations come at a time when the whole world is fighting one common enemy, the COVID-19 pandemic where youths have been the most affected in this crisis situation as they are the most active stakeholders in the society in terms of productivity, mobility and interaction, so this COVID-19 crisis is disruptive in terms of their lifestyle and prospects for their future. With most educational institutions being closed and with restrictions on travel, physical activity, and mass gatherings, postponement of events etc., the impact of COVID-19 has had major implications for all youths, especially the students. These implications can have commensurate psychological consequences. To help the students deal with these challenges as well as to polish up their Critical Thinking skill and help them develop a healthy and competitive mind, “OIC Knowledge Master” quiz competition will completely take place online to connect the youths from all over the world.
The “OIC Knowledge Master” quiz competition is going to be held online by organizing the youth of the world to meet the challenges of the ongoing Covid-19 as well as to acquire their constructive thinking and skills and help them develop a healthy and competitive mindset.
Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 believes that every new life brings a possibility and a promise. Therefore, as part of the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 Mega Event, the “OIC Knowledge Master” will showcase the knowledge and skills of the youth as well as inspire them to connect with the youth of other countries of the world and build a vibrant and sustainable future for all.
- To help the young participants improve or expand their knowledge of things, either
general or in specific area
- To promote the history and diverse cultures of Bangladesh and the nations from the OIC
region and beyond
- To provide the global youth an opportunity to learn about the life of Bangabandhu and
get inspired to build their life based on his ideology
- To promote a fun way of studying and in the process help improve one’s general
- To enable young participants to think from different angles or simply ‘to think out of the
- To aid in language development and in particular subject areas of study
- To provide the youth a platform where they can assess or measure their growth in the
knowledge, abilities and / or skills either on a general level or restricted to specific fields
for instance: History, Culture, Science etc.
- To conduct an event where it’s fun to participate in but with a competitive element
- To promote harmony and inclusiveness among the youths from different regions and
- To promote a healthy debate amongst participants in order to learn from each other
- To help the young participants build soft skills
The competition will take place in two layers: Regional and International.
In the Regional Level, participants will be selected from each of the following regions:
- Middle East
- Rest of Asia
- North America
Selected participants from the Regional Level will compete together in the International Level.
Number of primarily selected participants from each region for the international stage is as follows:
- Bangladesh – 48
- Middle East – 24
- Africa – 24
- Rest of Asia – 16
- Europe – 16
- North America – 16
The Quiz Competition will take place through following rounds:
Qualifying Round: 100+ (144) participants will be selected for the Qualifying Round,
commemorating the 100th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Selection will be made based on registrants’ data/information
submission quality and/or lottery (if needed).
Group Round: The Main Stage of the competition will start with this round where a total
number of 72 participants will participate in 24 groups. Each group will consist of 3
participants. Top 24 participants from 24 groups will qualify for the Quarter Final round.
Number of Group Round participants from each region is as follows:
Bangladesh – 24
Middle East – 12
Africa – 12
Rest of Asia – 8
Europe – 8
North America – 8
Quarter Final: Top 24 participants from the Group Round will be divided into 8 groups
with each group consisting 3 participants each. Top 8 participants from 8 groups will
qualify for the Semi Finals.
Semi Final: Top 8 participants from the Quarter Finals will compete in the Semi Finals.
Top 4 will make the Final!
Final: Top 4 participants from the competition will face off each other in the final.
Quiz Formats and Rules:
There will be a general quiz on various topics. There will be five rounds for the quizzing event.
Round-1: General Knowledge
Round 2: Bangabandhu and Bangladesh
Round 3: Knowledge Specialist
Round 4: Take Your Chance
Round 5: Rapid Fire Round
- General knowledge
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Bangabandhu and Bangladesh
- Art and culture
- Business education
- and others
Eligibility to participate:
- Citizenship of any country in the world
- Ability to communicate in English
- Accustomed to digital technology with good internet connection
- Age range 18-35
- Detailed knowledge and interest in quiz competition
Conditions and Disclaimer
- Only individual participation is allowed, and individuals must submit data/information as asked in the registration form
- The Contest will be held exclusively in English
- Participation is only open to the eligible people from selected regions
- If there is a tie, then the participant with maximum number of correct answers will be considered as winner
- In case of any disputes, the decision taken by the quizmaster or the quiz organizers shall be considered final
- No electronic gadgets or equipment, written or printed material is allowed during the contest
- If any participant is found misleading the organizer or using unfair means to win, organizers reserve the right to disqualify the team at any stage of the event
- The participants must adhere to the event’s regulations and procedures as stated by the organizing committee
- Organizers hold the right to make changes in the event structure during the event
1st Prize – 2500 USD
2nd Prize – 2000 USD
3rd Prize – 1500 USD
- Media Briefing – March 2021
- Registration – March – April 2021
- Primary Selection Announcement – April 2021
- Quizzing Event – April 2021
- Winners Engagement – April 2021
- *Award Giving Ceremony – June 2021
The quest for knowledge is one of the most honorable journeys one can ever embark on. Dhaka OIC Youth Capital is inviting the youth to a quiz challenge geared to help young brilliant minds to showcase their talents and knowledge. Youths from the OIC Member States and representatives from Muslim communities of non-OIC Member States will put their thinking caps on and put their brains to the test in an attempt to mold smart and capable future leaders with excellent decision-making abilities, innovative ideas, necessary to construct a resilient and sustainable future for all for us all.
The OIC Knowledge Master quiz competition aims to bring the youth together to polish up their critical thinking skills and help them to develop a healthy and competitive mindset that will drive the Muslim ummah into a future full that is better for every one of us. You too can be a part of this global online, all the details, terms and conditions and more can be found at this link: https://dhaka.
See you at the competition.
The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) is inviting applicants for the OIC Youth Capital Film Awards Festival organized under the “Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020” International Programme.
The contest aims to bring young filmmakers from Muslim communities from all around the world to promote parity and prosperity. For more information and application, please visit: https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, in association with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are calling the youth to showcase their artistic talents in this installment of the ‘Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020-21 – Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition’. Applications run from the 1st – 31st of March 2021 and submissions can take any of the following forms:
– Contemporary Art
– Graphic Design
For Applications, Queries, and More Information Please visit: https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/bangabandhu-youth-art-competition
The OIC Youth Capital International Program’s aim is to provide a yearlong stage to foster cooperation among the Member States in the field of youth policy as well as enhancing Muslim youth solidarity, fostering inter-cultural diversity and the spirit of “unity” of youth from the OIC geography through different kinds of activities. In this regard , Dhaka OIC Youth Capital is calling upon the Muslim youth to showcase their skills and problem-solving abilities and the ‘Scout Conference for Sustainable Development” as they get to propose innovative solutions for the betterment of not only their countries but the OIC region as well.
For more information and application, visit: dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/scout-conference-on-sustainable-development