Empowering youths leads to religious harmony and combating fake news


Chattogram Correspondent:

The Initiatives For Bangladesh in collaboration with the University of Science & Technology Chittagong (USTC), recently arranged a day-long training for university students to enhance youth’s capacity in social media and diversity literacy towards religious & social harmony in Chattogram port city.

The initiative was funded by King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).

Aiming to build a safe and violence-free social media/cyberspace by combating fake news and Misinformation, enhancing the young generation’s knowledge of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, and inspiring them to work on peacebuilding and conflict management.

Altogether 25 young attended the training where they learned about Digital Citizenship, Digital Footprint, Social Media, & Diversity Literacy. After the training, they have committed to their society and made an individual action plan to increase tolerance and peaceful society.

Prof. Dr Nurul Absar, Pro VC, USTC, inaugurated the training by his opening speech where Dr Mohammad Sahabuddin, Chief Adviser, Student Welfare Advisory Committee, USTC; Mr Sandy Francis Peris, Lecturer, USTC, and Sanat Kumar Barua, Secretary-General, Atisha Dipankar Peace Trust Bangladesh were present.

“We need to be more aware during the use of Social Media; this training program enhances the capacity of the young students to contribute to peacebuilding; thanks to Initiatives For Bangladesh for collaborating with Our University for organizing this training program,” said USTC Pro-VC Prof. Dr. Nurul Absar.

The training program was conducted by KAICIID Fellow Farah Naj Jahan and Co-Facilitated by Ananda Kumar Biswas, Alumni, Goldin Institute.

These valuable insights helped the participants to be more sensible on social media. After Completing the training, all participants got the certificates.