Promoting Youth Leadership in Bangladesh

Youth Leaders bring the creativity and leadership of the youth population to the forefront while stimulating a sense of social responsibility in more than 15,000 students nationwide each year.

The Hunger Project-Bangladesh was initially established in 1990 by students at the University of Dhaka as a chapter of The Hunger Project’s international Youth Ending Hunger initiative.

Youth Leaders bring the creativity and leadership of the youth population to the forefront while stimulating a sense of social responsibility in more than 15,000 students nationwide each year. Together, they meet monthly in chapters across the country – planning activities to improve their communities with an emphasis on literacy and education. In 2013, 1,290 new Youth Leaders were trained. Youth leaders organize campaigns on issues such as nutrition, education, family planning, tree planting and environmental education. They also arrange debates, math Olympiads, writing competitions, roundtables and blood donation camps.

Among the activities that Youth Leaders organize are community action campaigns to address very concrete problems within their neighborhoods, Wards and Unions. The youth, usually ages 12 to 18, make plans and timelines for carrying out their priority campaigns and involving the rest of their community.

In 2013, for example, Youth Leaders carried out:

  • 807 Tree Plantation Campaigns and 282 Tree Plantation Courtyard Meetings, reaching a combined total of 79,076 Women and Men
  • 1,290 youth volunteers were trained to be Youth Leaders for their communities in 34 four-day Youth Leadership Trainings