Focus Group Discussion
Two Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were held on 24 July at the Mymensingh AIC office and the Local Press Club. Participants at the press club included journalists . Women activists of the area took part in the AIC office FGD. The discussions were arranged to elicit suggestions from the participants for further effectiveness of TIBs Advice and Information Centre (AIC). Valuable recommendations were made for better and effective publicity for the AIC office & identification of the needs of the people the AIC wishes to serve. CCC member Niamul Kabir Sajal acted as moderator of the workshop with the journalists. TIB Research Officer Sydur Rahman Molla and CCC member Kanij Gofrani Koraishi (Kanti) jointly acted as moderators of the FGD with the women activists. Programme Officer of TIB Ekram Hossain was also present.
Workshop on production-based People's Theatre
The Committee of Concerned Citizens of Nalitabari has formed a people's theatre group in order to generate awareness about and against corruption at the grass-root level. It held a 10-day-long workshop, TIBs second production-based peoples theatre from 21 to 30 July 2003 at CDL library of Nalitabari. The play is called Relief. The workshop also carried out trainings on theatre games, speeches, voice projection, meditation, choreography, improvisation, character building and acting. 22 young local participants attended the workshop.
Upazilla Nirbahi Officer of Nalitabari Nazmul Hasan Khan inaugurated the workshop. Among others CCC Convener of Nalitabari M A Hakam Hira, Convener of the peoplestheatre sub-committee Muhfuzur Rahman, and CCC member, Samedul Islam Talukder were also present. The play Relief was staged on the Shahid Muktijoddha Mancho on 30July. About five hundred local people enjoyed the performance.
The main instructor of the workshop and scriptwriter as well as director of the play was dramatist Jewel Kabir Akash. TIBs Theatre Coordinator Kamal Hossain Mintu provided extensive assistance in organising the workshop.
Meeting on Primary Education
The study circles organized twenty meetings on Transparency and Accountability in Primary Education at Nalitabari of Sherpur and Madhupur of Tangail on 25-28 July. Researcher of National Democratic Institute (NDI) Zahid Hasan, Convener of Nalitabari CCC M A Hakam Hira, Convener of Madhupur CCC Professor Golam Samdani, Programme Associate of TIB and Coordinator of study circles Samapika Halder were present during the discussions.