Starting from a stormy morning, Khulna was ready to face the danger that might occur very soon. YCoalition team reached Shonadanga, Khulna to take their signature program after successfully completing in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet division. Training of Trainers(TOT), one of the most effective programs following Faith in the Commonwealth is currently trained by YCoalition which is a youth-led peace organization in Bangladesh. TOT is planned to take in all the divisions of Bangladesh to create a web of peacebuilders and connect youths from diversified areas. Apart from that YCoalition is currently taking a 4-hour workshop in schools named “Goals for Generation”
and 1-day workshop in college-level named “Generation for Peace”
. Each program is planned to shape the future of the youths in a just and peaceful way.
Training of Trainers on “Strengthening Inclusion, Interfaith and Sustaining Peace” is a two-day training planned to equip students from diversified background and belief to work side by side and create a sustainable community and establish peace by understanding Global Citizenship, Peace Dialogue, and Inclusiveness. After its pilot execution of TOT in Sylhet, Bangladesh, YCoalition took Khulna as its second zone to work for. With a gloomy environment, storm approaching TOT was taken with enthusiastic and positive young students from different background. Starting from 3rd May, Friday morning where all the citizens of Khulna division were either busy in preparing for the devastating storm or sleeping with a good morning environment, participants came to the venue in time to learn and be a part of this big network. Training started with 30 participants from 12 different institutions in Khulna and after several workshops and sessions, participants understood that it was not an in general training or something they expected to because the training was different from anything they have ever experienced.
“TOT filtered me from the inner side and helped to realize and feel the reality and my responsibility”
– Rahma Kamal | TOT Participant
The whole program was facilitated by Md. Tamzid Hayder Tawrat Sikder, who is the Founder & Chairperson of YCoalition with Co-facilitation by Abu Bakar Chowdhury, Chief Program Coordinator of YCoalition. And all the participants were monitored by SK Sadman Sakib, Media and Press Secretary of YCoaltion.
“Khulna is unimaginable for me and participants here are tremendous, strong and adaptive. I believe Khulna division will be a strong zone for peace builders.”
– Tamzid Hayder Tawrat Sikder | Founder & Chairperson, YCoalition
As the program ended with certificate providing and a reflection of the program session, a jolly participant quoted that:
“TOT gave me the understanding and facilitating strategy to know individual and group learning process and provided me with the knowledge to communicate meaningfully with others.”
– Pranta Bhowmik | TOT Participant
Our pillar of support was “The Commonwealth”, Co-partner “Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network”, Organizing Partner “Youth for Change BD”, Mentoring Partner “South Asian Youth Society”, Creative Partner “Graphicholic” and IT Partner “Nexyta”.
Training of Trainers ended with lots of memories and huge learning for both parties that whether the situation is on your side or not, training should be there and well implemented. The more challenges you face the more experienced you become.