Dhaka was declared as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020” by the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) on 25 December 2019, marking the commencement of a wide spectrum and dynamic engagement amongst the youth of the OIC and the Muslim communities spread all over the world. The selection of Dhaka as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020” coincided with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. The activities planned during the initial design phases had to be greatly modified and augmented with the introduction of ICT technologies as the Youth Capital’s year commenced.
Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 in a virtual ceremony jointly hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 27 July 2020. The inauguration ceremony was followed by a two-day-long Resilient Youth Leadership Summit, where 250 selected youths joined virtually with expert panelists to formulate ideation on post-COVID resilience as well as the accountability and justice issue of the persecuted Rohingya Population.
To celebrate the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020, ten other elaborate mega-events have been designed which will be implemented by various lead and co-lead Ministries throughout the year. “Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award 2020” has been planned as one of the mega-events which will be organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the lead Ministry, with the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs being the co-host Ministries. The Forum is a global network of organizations/individuals involved in international volunteering, promoting the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning, and sharing innovative and good practices.
- 5 Winners will be declared from 5 Categories
- Each winner will get USD 2500
- Each Winner will get Trophy, Certificate, and Sponsored Trip to Bangladesh to physically join the Gala Closing Ceremony
- Volunteer Leadership
Individuals and groups (not registered organizations/NPOs/NGOs/INGOs) who have led and supported their local communities, conducted voluntary activities to protect the environment and biodiversity, performed acts of bravery, etc. during the COVID-19 crisis situation, will get the Volunteer Leadership Award.
- Media and Service Excellence
Media personnel and people from different services who have taken life risks and performed their job during the COVID-19 situation will get the Media and Service Excellence award.
- Online Volunteer Campaign
Individuals and organizations that have played crucial roles in combating the COVID-19 pandemic through online volunteerism i.e. online campaigns, information sharing etc., will get the Online Volunteer Campaign award.
- Best Innovative Idea
Individuals and organizations that have come up with the most innovative and creative voluntary initiatives in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, will get the Best Innovative Idea award.
- Outstanding Youth-led Voluntary Organization
Registered youth-led organizations that have made a significant and exemplary contribution through voluntary activities during the COVID-19 crisis situation, will get the Outstanding Youth-led Voluntary Organization award.Eligible Regions: Bangladesh, Middle East, Rest of Asia, Africa, North America and Europe.
- Apply Online through the given link
- Individuals/organizations must submit their voluntary activities as asked in the registration forms
- Participants can register in multiple categories (maximum 2)
- Participation is allowed to the citizens with Muslim background from the selected regions
- The age limit is 18 to 35 years
- Individuals/organizations must submit valid evidence of the voluntary activities
- For video submission, video must not be more than one-minute long and must be submitted in MP4 format (and the size must not exceed 10MB)
- Valid legal documents must be submitted in case of registered organizations
- The participants must adhere to the event’s regulations and procedures as stated by the organizing committee
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021 (1 Day Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link