Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – Aflatun Kaeser Zilany, an undergraduate student of Jahangirnagar University, is now in Taiwan to participate in the Rui-Bin Camp, the mentoring program for young schoolchildren, on a full scholarship from Transparency International Bangladesh.
Starting today in New Taipei City, it runs till August 29.
TIB selected two participants from Bangladesh through a competitive process. Another participant Urmi Ghosh is a Master’s student at Dhaka University.
Professor Ernie Ko of National Taiwan University of Arts in partnership with Professor Aigul Kulnazarova of Tama University, Japan co-founded the “Rui-Bin Camp” in 2012 to bring Taiwanese and international university-level students to Rui-Bin as role models for pupils.
Rui-Bin Elementary School, a coastal school in the northeastern New Taipei City, is on the official list of Educational Priority Project, which is designated by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan due to its relative weakness in learning resources and student performance.
Sixty percent of 210 Rui-Bin students come from disadvantaged families, including low-income, aborigines, foreign spouses, and single parents. These pupils need timely support from home and abroad to stimulate their learning motivations and build self-confidence.
For his contribution to the conservation of butterflies and their habitat, Zilany was awarded the ‘Butterfly Young Enthusiast Award’ at the Butterfly Fair 2017 at Jahangirnagar University. Following his passion for nature and the environment, he works with the Nature Study Society of Bangladesh and serves as News Editor of Nature Study Digest.
He worked as a Leadership Facilitator at Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center’s signature program BBLT after having completed the fourteenth Building Bridges through Leadership Training (BBLT), fourth Youth Leadership Bootcamp (YLB), and Masterclass on Leadership Development (MLD) 2018.
He is a Co-Founder of a non-profit organization named LWYs Foundation which is working on education and humanity since 2011. He also works as an Assistant Academic Coordinator of Bangladesh Biology Olympiad.
Zilany is a Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA) which is a prestigious designation for humanitarian work initiated by Stanford University graduate Richard DiPilla.