The Bangladesh High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan hosted a colourful programme for the children of the Brunei Reading and Literacy Association (ReLA) and the Bangladeshi community, as well as members of the Brunei Youth Council on Friday.
The event marked the 48th anniversary of the occasion when Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was awarded with the Joliot-Curie Medal of Peace.
Founder of the Bengali nation-state and the architect of its independence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was presented with the award by the World Peace Council on May 23, 1973.
The programme began with a reading of graphic novel Mujib in Bengali and English, by Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona.
The book is published by the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), a non-profit policy research organisation that aims to create a platform for public discussion on important matters of national policy in Bangladesh.
As ReLA has a reputation for working on the area of increasing avidness towards book-reading among children, more reading sessions with a focus on the graphic novel Mujib will be organised in cooperation with the association, according to the Bangladesh High Commission.
Renowned Brunei artist Pengiran Wahab Hassan was also invited to the event, to inspire the children by drawing a picture based around the theme of peace. He also taught them different techniques of drawing.
Ten members of the Brunei Youth Council were selected at the initiative of Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari for a programme entitled ‘Diplomat for One Day’ to be held at the Bangladesh High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan on a long-term basis as part of the joint occasion of the ongoing celebrations of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.