BYLC Chattogram organized its first BYLC Social on August 2, 2018, which discussed the question, “Do young graduates of Chattogram have enough opportunities in terms of education, extracurricular activities and career?”. The discussion was followed by music over tea and snacks.
Before the discussion took full form, a key problem that was identified uniformly by all was that irrespective of the number of opportunities available, young people don’t utilize the existing opportunities. The issue that graduate Abdullah Al Kaisar, co-founder of notable youth organizations like Team Chittagong and Traffic Chittagong, pointed out, “the core problem lies within institutions where they cannot understand the nature of the rapid change, which is why they are reluctant take new initiatives. Youth also fail to utilize the opportunities they get on their way. This happens because even if they are given the exposure of attending programs or meeting resourceful people, they tend to move away from the purpose of their work. Because to them, “network” has a wrong connotation, they think networking is getting connected with high-profile people in Facebook, chatting and spending time online without being productive.”
Towhid Khan, Manager of BYLC Office of Professional Development (OPD), added, “the youth themselves don’t know what they are capable of doing. They have built their own barrier where they limit themselves from exploring; from knowing what they can get if they explored a totally different field. This leads them to limit themselves.”
Murshedul Alam, pioneer of Campaign Red, feels that culture also has to play a strong role in this matter. In comparison to Dhaka, due to geographical location, climate and the variation in lifestyle, there is less diversity. Another factor is where people fall behind and miss out on opportunities due to family barriers. Samsia Sifat, Assistant Manager of Operations, BYLC Chattogram, expressed concern that this protective nature of families causes the young people of Chattogram to be less confident.
When discussing solutions, the graduates along with the BYLC team concluded that young people must adopt three habits- appreciation, commitment and preparation. As our Assistant Manager of OPD, Arnab Saha mentioned, “Each of us has a role to play. The road towards success is not easy. In this journey of creating ourselves we should not give up. Rather create ourselves every day in a different way by building networks, and using our access to information”.