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State Alumni Leadership Development Project ‘Knowledge for Change’ held with a leadership study tour in Chittagong Bangladesh in 2010-2011.

State Alumni Leadership Development Project (SALDP) ‘Knowledge for Change’ aims to provide essential knowledge to young state alumni and potential youth leaders so that they can utilize the provided opportunities, increase their leadership quality, make themselves eligible to face the global challenges, bring positive changes in personal life and participate in the holistic development of Bangladesh. This project was fully funded by the US Department of State and US embassy. The whole project was organized by South Asian Youth Society (SAYS).

Since its inception back in 2009, SAYS reached out to hundreds of College, University, Madrasah students raising awareness on various youth related issues.

The three-phased project was started at the end of September, 2010.

In Phase 1, four daylong workshops were organized. Around 40 alumni from other state department sponsored exchange programs including IVLP, NESA, YES, and SUSI participated in phase one as facilitator of the workshops which made bridge between the students from Madrasha background and students from mainstream.

A conference in the first phase

Presentation were made on different topics for example Higher education in the USA which cleared many misconceptions about the condition of USA for higher education and many are motivated to apply for US college and Universities. In those presentations, presenters shared information on the requirements, application procedure, financial aid and scholarships, and appropriate time to apply for higher education in US.

Throughout the four workshops following topics have been covered:

  1. Higher Education in the USA
  2. Study Opportunity under US Govt. Sponsored Exchange Programs
  3. Achieving Skills and Proficiency in English writing
  4. Interaction and Experience Sharing among EAMP, NESA and SUSI Alumni
  5. Bringing Change through Using New Media
  6. Public Speaking: Dissecting Public Speaking and Skills Necessary to Become a Public Speaker
  7. Practice Session on Public Speaking
  8. Role of the Youth in Community Development
  9. Open Discussion on Career
  10. Bringing Change through using New Media & Social Networking
  11. Becoming a Debater and Mock Debate
  12. Connectivity is Power- How Exchanging of Ideas can EmpowerYouth
  13. English- The language of Global Communication
  14. Youth Involvement in Community Service- Why & How?
  15. Ensuring Peace: Through the Perspective of Youth
  16. Keeping Updated with Contemporary Issues- Importance & Ways?
  17. Active Citizenship.


The second phase of the project was in Greentech Resort, Gazipur. It was actually State Alumni Leadership Development Camp. It was a three day (4-6th Feb 2011) long event.

2nd phase

Social Entrepreneurship, Climate Change and Environment, New Media and Journalism, Community Service were the main topics of the leadership development camp. State alumni from Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh and the US participated in the camp. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, also the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee for Environment, was the Chief Guest of the program.


The third and last phase was held in Port City Chittagong. It was 3 day (11-14th May) long Leadership Study Tour.

Study tour in the third phase

There were some sessions on The Challenges Ahead of Bangladesh and Active Citizenship at the American Corner Chittagong. In that program, selected students across Dhaka and Chittagong were participated.

Mursal Hamraz an Afghan student of Asian University for Women was a participant. She said, “In the program I got so much company and affection from the entire participant that I almost forgot loneliness. Leader is the one who knows the way, who shows the way, and who goes the way. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful, inspiring definition of leadership and indeed I saw it
practically in the program.”

The Founder and President of SAYS Towfique Ahmad Khan said, “SAYS promotes a united platform of south Asian Youth through exploring new ideas, networking and sharing diversified knowledge created by South Asian Youth .”

IVLP alumni Mr Fazlul Haque , official of the Ministry of Education, Bangladesh and and SUSI alumni Nashid Shariar who is a lecturer of Computer Science and Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) also associated the Phase 3, SALST.

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