Female students launched exceptional bicycle procession at Atwari upazila in Panchagarh on Tuesday expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her outstanding contribution to women empowerment, reports BSS.
Around 1,000 female students of Balorampur Model College, Atwari Women College and Balorampur High School in Atwari upazila of the sub-Himalayan district brought out two separate bicycle processions on inaugural day of a month-long campaign.
Awami League leader and Peoples’ Perspective Specialist of the A2i Programme at Prime Minister’s Office Naimuzzaman Mukta has initiated the campaign that will continue till end of October in Sadar, Tetulia and Atwari upazilas of Panchagarh.
Female students of different educational institutions of these upazilas will implement the bicycle procession campaign to focus Sheikh Hasina’s tremendous contribution to development and empowerment of women.
Accordingly, female students of Balorampur Model College, Atwari Women College and Mirja Golam Hafiz Girls’ High School spontaneously launched the bicycle procession and circled 12 kilometres of road with small banners.
Mukta addressed a brief discussion narrating goals of the month-long campaign on Balorampur Model College premises before launching the procession. He also participated in the campaign along with female students.
Principal of Balorampur Model College Golam Mustafa, Principal of Atwari Women’s College Abdul Mannan, Headmaster of Balorampur High School Keshob Chandra Roy, local AL leaders Mokhlesur Rahman, Kamruzzaman Sheikh Milon and Saiful Alam Babu were present.
Later, over 200 female students of Atwari Women’s College brought out another bicycle procession that paraded various roads in the area.
Participating in the bicycle procession, Sadiya Afrin, an intermediate student of Balorampur Model College, told BSS that she was taking part in the campaign to show deep respect and gratitude to Sheikh Hasina for empowering women.
“We are celebrating this procession as a reward to Sheikh Hasina as she has done extensive works in women empowerment, including compulsory use of names of father as well as mother in all certificates and identities of their children,” she said.
Intermediate student of the college Afrin Akhter said, “Contribution of Sheikh Hasina is undeniable to empowerment of women in education, health, administration,
army, navy and air force, police, BGB, Ansar, diplomacy, judiciary and all other fields.”
“Because of Sheikh Hasina, students are getting new books at the beginning of the year and sub-stipend programme has brought a revolution in promoting female education. We are happy to participate in this bicycle procession spontaneously,” she added.
Talking to BSS, Golam Mostafa, Principal of Balorampur Model College, said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken massive programmes for education, skill-building, employments, welfare and empowerment of women at all levels.
“Considering enormous contribution of Sheikh Hasina to women empowerment, female students are participating in the bicycle procession as a sign of respect,” he said adding that teachers were excited to witness such a unique programme.
Mukta told BSS that he took the initiative to highlight massive programmes taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to develop and empower women for accelerating their advancement in the social, political and economic fields.
“Sheikh Hasina has set up a unique example in empowering women on her way to transform Bangladesh into a happy and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ for realising the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he said.