If a city is safe for kids then it is safe for everyone including women, senior citizens and persons with disability. Children in Dhaka are unable to walk in the streets. They do not get enough opportunity to play as the existing parks and playgrounds lack friendly equipments for them. They are deprived from the opportunity of socialization as a result they are becoming self-centric. For a better future generation it is necessary to protect our parks and playgrounds and provide kids friendly equipments in those. On 01 March 2018, Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust organized a seminar on ‘Importance of Kids friendly Parks and Playgrounds’ at Koiborto Conference Room and speakers expressed above view there.
Keynote speaker of the seminar was Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Department, Jahangirnagar University, Dr Akter Mahmud. He said that, Open spaces are just like our living room. We should maintain the parks and playgrounds just like we maintain our living rooms. Community people can play very important role in this regard. They should take care that no one can occupy parks and playgrounds.
Speakers of the program said that, the need of children is different, so it is necessary to discuss with them about it. And equipments should be provided accordingly. Also parks and playgrounds should be accessible for all.
The seminar was moderated by Senior Project Officer of Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust Ziaur Rahman. Speakers of the program were Regional Director of HealthBridge Canada Debra Efroymson; Program Manager of Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust Maruf Hossain, Director of Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust Gaous Pearee; Deputy Program Manager of Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust Naznin Kabir, Asst Teacher of Rayerbazar High School MD Tahajjot Islam, teacher of Dhanmondi Kachikantha High School Madhabi Debnath and many more. Also students of Rayerbazar High School, Dhanmondi Kachikantha High School, Dhaka Ideal Cadet School and Ali Hossain GIrls School were present in the seminar.