NGO News Report :: The Global Platform Bangladesh is an innovative space for young people and their organisations aimed at facilitating capacity and skills development, knowledge sharing and research. It was launched by ActionAid Bangladesh at its office in Dhaka yesterday.
The event was attended by youth from across the country who will participate in the GP’s first capacity development course, senior officials of ActionAid and media.
Introducing the Global Platform to the audience Leah Gaffney, Manager of the Global Platform said “we are excited to welcome inspiring young people to the platform today, to create opportunities for learning and collaboration, to bring about social change together”.
The Training of Trainers Course will be the first to be held at the Global Platform in Dhaka and will be attended by 19 young women and men who are actively engaged in taking action and working in their communities.
Md. Samsuddoha Sadi from Chilahati, Nilphamari – one of the many participants of the first Training of Trainers Course offered by the GP noted; “With the skills I gain from this training, I hope I will be able to better connect with my peers to carry forward our work on stopping child marriage in our community”.
The Global Platform in line with ActionAid’s mandate seeks to promote young people into positions of leadership and decision making through providing the necessary tools, skills and connections. It will provide contextualised capacity development opportunities especially targeting young women and men in their communities to affect change.
The GP venue in Dhaka is a residential training centre which has 2 training rooms, accommodation for 24 persons and is also equipped with recreation and media facilities. When not in use for capacity development courses, the GP can be rented by external organisations.
Addressing the audience, Farah Kabir, Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh, mentioned that the very nature of the organisation, its personality and characteristics are youthful. She further elaborated that youth are continuously developing, evolving and transforming the nature of the organisation’s engagement with them and their communities. In essence, youth assist in fashioning and having the courage of conviction to challenge poverty and injustice.