Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Terre des Hommes Presents Three-Day Jewelry Exhibition, Showcasing Children’s Creative Endeavors

An engaging three-day jewelry exhibition titled ‘Sutoy Buni Swapna, Anande Ganthi Mala’ (A celebration of dreams woven with threads of joy!) is set to kick off this Saturday at La Galerie, situated within the Alliance Française de Dhaka’s Dhanmondi location in the capital city.

The inauguration ceremony for this distinctive exhibition is scheduled to commence on Saturday at 4 pm at La Galerie. Esteemed author Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal will grace the event as the chief guest.

The driving force behind this event is the Terre des Hommes Foundation (Tdh), a prominent Swiss international non-governmental organization (INGO) devoted to safeguarding child rights. Within the scope of their endeavors, Tdh has embarked on a participatory action research program, known as CLARISSA, aimed at comprehending the root causes behind the gravest forms of child labor within Bangladesh’s leather sector.

CLARISSA, signifying Action-Research-Innovation in South and South-Eastern Asia, is a dedicated initiative striving to establish an evidence-based understanding while also fostering innovative solutions to combat the most egregious manifestations of child labor in Bangladesh. As part of the comprehensive approach, children actively engaged in the program participated in a 5-day workshop led by entrepreneur and designer Tahmina Khan Shaily from ‘Shoilee’. The primary objective was multifaceted, including the exploration and creation of alternative income avenues for both children and their families, the challenge of prevailing societal norms regarding child labor, and the enhancement of financial management competencies. During the workshop, these young action researchers acquired the skills necessary to craft distinctive jewelry pieces, infused with their own sentiments. The fruits of their labor will be showcased and celebrated in the special exhibition titled ‘Sutoy Buni Swapna, Anande Ganthi Mala’ at the Alliance Française de Dhaka.

This exhibition stands as a testament to the tangible outcomes arising from the collective efforts to cultivate safer and more dignified employment opportunities for children presently engaged in perilous roles within the leather sector.

Running from 3 pm to 9 pm daily until August 7, the exhibition extends an invitation to all individuals interested in experiencing the unique fusion of creativity, social progress, and the celebration of dreams.

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