The following has been written based on social media comments and comments given in person at the summit by different delegates.
BYLC organised the third Youth Leadership Summit from 11-13 June 2014. I was selected along with 449 other delegates where the actual applicants were close to 2000.
During the three days, I tried to follow what delegates had to say both in person and online. Here is a glimpse:
Mandeep Adhikari from Nepal shared his excitement while waiting for registration:
Hassan zahid Leon tweeted:
The summit took off on 11 June at 10 am with inauguration speech by Gowher Rizvi, Adivosor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Sumaiya Afreen working for UNDP and as a facilitator for BYLC did a great job by asking delegates about their passion, what they liked about sessions and their experience:
Sumaiya T Ahmed was also vibrant in twitter:
Also about the debrief session, Shammi Quddus quotes a delegate:
After the lunch of the final day, I was waiting downstairs of Bangabandhu Conference Center Dhaka where the summit took place. I was thrilled to come across a conversion which led me to dig deep. (For confidentiality reasons and upon request, names of the delegates opined are not mentioned)
The conversation was about the attitude of the facilitators. The discussants were talking about rude behaviour that they received from the facilitator was unexpected. Two of delegates said they were mocked by facilitators for not knowing something. They opined, “If we knew so much, would I have come to the summit? Are we unwanted?”. One eye witness of an incident said that there was a delegate who recently joined university and she did not have any kind of id card. It may seen to many that how it is possible. But considering Bangladesh’s context it can happen. As she is not old enough to get a national id and she did not make a passport nor she had student id. She was harassed at the queue of registration.
Also they mentioned that during the application process they were asked to send money to Bkash accounts for which they called many times to BYLC office and no one answered. Also, one delegate mentioned that she came from Chittagong and was supposed to give interview. She missed the call in the first place and when she called back she was faced with unprofessional behaviour and words. The process of BKash was not clear to many and the time given to make the payment was not sufficient as it required to send from a merchant’s account. They also said the two emails sent created confusion. The second email should have been the only email in the first place. Later others joined, some of them were foreign delegates. One shared, “Own professional development is not happening, no strategy. They are just working on the motivation. They energy is there, but not the person to show the process.” One added, “It feels like they are going over the surface, but not going deep.”
I just want to write one thing that I found I can not ignore is that, in the boy’s toilet I found few were vomiting after the third day’s lunch. I asked others about the food, some did say they felt bad, some even skipped certain part of the meal. I think the food should remain a priority as more than 500 people being served in each of the summit days.
The discussion was spontaneous. However afterwards I tried to ask others about their experience, those are not mentioned here. I did ask to the discussants why then twitter feeds and other social media not showing such remarks. Those along with my own experience of the summit will be portrayed in the next blog and I will try to analysis whether it really helps the youths or not.