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Published : Thursday, 11 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 50
Rifky Mohideen

From my childhood I was eager to visit foreign countries to see their cultures and behaviour of their people and historical places and liked to meet members of youth clubs. Fortunately, I got the chance to visit Bangladesh under the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Youth Exchange Program 2017 at the green campus of Daffodil International University. That was my first trip to a foreign county in my life. I am hopefully thinking that this trip would help me to lead youths from my country.

I am embarrassed to say that I had ignorant view on people of Bangladesh mostly, and I have heard that people from Bangladesh have lack of skills. After the visit, my viewpoint has changed. The country is developing each and every sector day by day.

The hosts gave us amazing respects as a young delegate of Sri Lanka. We all were impressed by seeing their wonderful hospitality and kindness.

I must tell that people of Bangladesh are very kind hearted and hospitable. I can surly say that the people of Bangladesh are the friendliest in the world. Though Bangladesh has had a tough time over the past few decades with numerous natural disasters and ongoing political issues, the people are welcoming and happy and above all they are hearty in their friendliness. You rarely get the impression that they want anything more than to say hello.

With our group I visited The National Martyrs' Memorial. It was a highly recommended place to visit and see the artefact that narrates the true story of the stuggle which Bangladesh had to face during the liberation war with Pakistan. I visited national museum of Bangladesh and saw the ancient heritage. I visited Yunus Centre that was established by the winner of Nobel Prize in 2006. I wondered after hearing that this Centre is working to promote the United Nations Millennium development goals in Bangladesh and all around the world.

Daffodil International University has been built to provide good environment to their students for encouraging study, they are offering scholarship for abroad and local students. I could meet students from many countries. Many programmes were arranged. The first programme was Social business programme conducted by the programme officer of Yunus Centre. All the programs were fantastic and were arranged very well. In the end, a special thank to Daffodil International University.

The writer is the organizer of the district federation of youth clubs, National Youth Services Council (NYSC), Sri Lanka

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