On Thursday 8 September, British Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh Javed Patel hosted a farewell event for the girls’ football team, which will soon represent Bangladesh at the Street Child Football World Cup in Qatar.
The team consists of children who were rescued from life on the streets, and now live at the Lido Peace Home in Dhaka.
LEEDO (Local Education and Economic Development Organization) is a non-profit, voluntary-based development organization established in 2000. Through the provision of education, shelters and lifestyle support, LEEDO aims to protect vulnerable street children and help them return. mainstream community.
During the event, young guests shared stories from their time living on the street, and appealed to guests to help improve the lives of other less fortunate children. They were excited about the opportunity to meet two players from the Bangladesh U-19 national football team, Mst Aklima Khatoon and Mst Halima Akhtar, and talk to the professional players about their upcoming big game. He also displayed his football skills, and challenged the British Deputy High Commissioner to a ‘keep-up’ contest!
The Vice President of Bangladesh Football Federation, Mr. Qazi Nabil Ahmed and the General Secretary of Bangladesh Football Federation, Mr. Abu Naeem were also present at the event.
British Deputy High Commissioner Javed Patel said:
“Ensuring 12 years of quality education for all children is at the heart of the UK’s campaign to tackle poverty, promote gender equality, promote economic development and reduce conflict. In Bangladesh, we children, especially We are investing up to £54.5 million over the next eight years to improve education outcomes for girls and marginalized children. I strongly believe that sport is an integral part of children’s education and today we are joined by the girls’ football team Proud to stand who will represent Bangladesh on the international stage.
Forhad Hossain, executive director of Lido, said:
“We all must raise our voices together to save the most vulnerable children from the dangers of the streets so that they can build a better Bangladesh. According to the UNNCRC, all children have the right to live with dignity. I would like to thank the British High Commission for organizing this event with Lido.
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