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UNDP launches free-for-download book with stories of Bangladeshi change makers

  • Published at 04:36 pm May 10th, 2020
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The campaign also has a quiz open for all children

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh has launched an illustrated children’s e-book dedicated to stories of 17 young Bangladeshis whose works impact the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The book titled Transformers was launched on May 7. In light of the global pandemic, UNDP Bangladesh has launched the book online, making it free to download for all children.

After a two-month-long nationwide search and from almost 200 nominations, 17 “transformers” were chosen in late 2019.

The book was edited, curated and illustrated by the HerStory Foundation. 

Transformers features 17 young Bangladeshis whose work is innovative, altruistic, and community-focused. 

It includes the story of Mahmud Hasan Tabib & Rana, also known as the rap duo Gully Boy, whose lyrics address the pressing issue of poverty; Ikram Uddin Abir, founder of Procheshta Food Bank which distributes leftover meals to the needy, Kamruzzaman Shadhin, an artist that created a dolphin-conservation boat, and Farhana Rashid or “Toilet Apa”, an architect who installs public toilets for women in Bangladesh, are among others included in the book whose stories are fascinating to say the least. 

The book is meant to nurture quality reading habits through the stories of home-grown Bangladeshi role models as now, more than ever, children need stories of encouragement and hope.

The campaign also involves a reading challenge, where readers are asked to complete an online quiz, with the correct answers being awarded a hard copy of the book once delivery restrictions are eased. The quiz is open for all children.

Joining the virtual launch, Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP Bangladesh said: “The Transformers e-book can potentially help turn a distressing time for both parents and children into an opportunity for young readers to learn and engage in meaningful activities, such as reading.”

“During these challenging times, we need to find constructive ways to keep the children engaged. The Transformers e-book will not only encourage reading but also inspire children to aspire for greater heights, and find hope and joy in the heroic stories of Bangladeshi youth, especially at a time like this when they need it most,” Zareen Mahmud Hosein, founder of HerStory Foundation, shared.

The book can be downloaded in both Bangla and English for free, while the quiz is open to children from all schools. More information can be found on UNDP Bangladesh’s webpage.