BYLC graduate network (BGN) celebrated the last Friday of Ramadan 2021 through a virtual alumni iftar. The alumni iftar is held every year as an opportunity for networking between BYLC graduates from all over the country. This year, the goal of the event was to check in on everyone so that we can help each other during this tough time.
The event started off with welcoming the graduates from Bangladesh and abroad with Ramadan greetings, followed by the graduates sharing their COVID-survival stories. Everyone took a moment to reflect on their lives and show gratitude to the Almighty for all the blessings that has been bestowed on us. Special guests for the event included senior manager for operations and RME, BYLC, Imran Chowdhury, and managing director & CEO of Smartifier Training and Consultation, Md. Sohan Haidear, shared some valuable advice with the graduates. Imran Chowdhury talked about the importance of mental health and active citizenship. He urged everyone to recall the lessons that they have learned on leadership at BYLC and practice them in their daily lives to help the people around them. Additionally, Sohan Haidear shared his experience with BYLC and his personal goals for Ramadan. He further discussed how to be more productive during this pandemic by practicing good habits and having control over our thoughts. He urged everyone to become better human beings and come together to take Bangladesh forward after we collectively come out of this trying time.
As more people are facing a food crisis in this Corona situation, BGN decided to stretch a helping hand to the underprivileged families with the support of the BYLC graduates by discussing the Ramadan 2021 project “Share to Care”. Current BGN president, Abdullah Hasan Tarek, mentioned the importance of donation during this blessed month of Ramadan. He urged BGN members to donate to the “Share to Care” project and dedicated the event to everyone we have lost due to this pandemic. The results of the”Ramadan Contest 2021″ which focused on calligraphy, qirat, and nasheed performances – was announced during the event. The judges shared feedback about the performances and appreciated the diversity of participants.
Everyone, regardless of gender, race, and religion, united to make prayers together for the betterment of Bangladesh and its people.
After the winners’ announcement of the contest, BYLC’s founder and president Ejaj Ahmad emphasized in his speech why everyone should value their relationships. “Unlike animals, human beings need interaction”, said Ejaj Ahmad. He believes that the pathway to a peaceful and happy life is to spend more time with loved ones. As the COVID situation is leading to communication gaps, he urged everyone to focus on their relationships, “Call your loved ones and talk to people.” He further talked about physical and mental fitness; He believes that we cannot survive this pandemic without taking care of our mental and physical well-being. As more people are getting stressed and anxious while staying at home during this time, they should invest in their physical and mental fitness by maintaining a healthy diet, workout at home. The president ended his speech by urging everyone to not lose hope.
Finally, the program ended with the graduates having small group sessions in the breakout room. As many of them got the chance to reminisce about the good old days, others took the opportunity to make new friends.