Muscat: Bangladesh community in Oman gathered in festivity to celebrate the strength of its youth generation in an event jointly organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Social Club, Oman on Sunday.
The event titled “Bangladesh and the Young Generation” included discussion and cultural programmes which were joined by hundreds of Bangladeshi youths of the second generation born and brought up in Oman.
The event was organised as part of the celebrations by Bangladesh of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, and the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence in 1971. It was aimed to create enthusiasm among young Bangladeshi expats, especially those who belong to the second generation, to learn more about their motherland, as well as to encourage them to become responsible global citizens.
The event kicked off with a video messages from the Foreign Minister and the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. Both the Minister and the Secretary praised the role of the Bangladesh- youths for their hard work, dedication and contribution in the development activities in their motherland as well as in the Sultanate of Oman.
They urged the young generation to uphold the ideals, principles and the teaching of the Father of the Nation in every aspect of their life.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, while addressing the young generation, reminded the young people about their responsibilities and duties towards their motherland and urged them to work as brand ambassadors in creating a positive image of Bangladesh.
He encouraged them to learn more about the glorious history of the country, the thousand-year-old tradition, culture and traditions, important tourist destinations, the history of continuous economic development of the country and spread the values of the land among the people of other countries.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, in his video message, also emphasised the young generation to learn the true essence of Bangladesh and advised them to disseminate these values and ideas among their neighbours, friends and co-workers across boundaries.
Chaired by the President of Bangladesh Social Club, Oman, and in the presence of Ambassador Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh Ambassador to Oman, as Chief Guest, the discussion programme took place.
Ambassador Rahman, in his speech, reminded the youngsters of their duties and responsibilities to their motherland and said that the spirit of selfless patriotism of all would play the main role in the successful implementation of ‘Vision-2041’,the development agenda announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Ambassador Rahman further thanked the people and the government of Oman, especially His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, for the warm hospitality and cooperation extended towards the Bangladesh community and advised the Bangladeshi expatriates to reciprocate the kind gesture.
Sirajul Hoque, President of Bangladesh Social Club, Oman, as the Chair, urged the young members of the club to build a positive image of Bangladesh in the host country through taking part in sports and cultural activities and by working closely with other expatriate communities.
A cultural segment followed the discussion showcasing traditional Bangladeshi culture. The evening immediately became cheerful and festive with Bangla songs and dances performed by students of the Bangladesh School, Muscat along with other young expatriates.
The performances evoked the patriotic spirit among young souls who missed their motherland dearly, as well as the spirit of harmony and peace among all the people of the world.
The cultural session was followed by the distribution of prizes among winners of a previously held essay writing competition. Young generation members of the Bangladesh expatriate community wrote heart-warming essays on their thoughts about the history, culture and other aspects of their country.