Charity Fundraising Dinner for Breaking the Cycle UK

November 30th, 2011

Roushon Siddika Ahmed the daughter of the Late Md. Ghias Uddin Ahmed Zoarder recently hosted a fundraising dinner raising over 1,000 for Breaking the Cycle UK at the Bramhall Khandoker .

The funds raised will enable the organisation to begin delivering its aim of facilitating the continued education of girls from disadvantaged communities in the Greater Sylhet area of Bangladesh by working in partnership with an established local NGO in Syhetl. This will contribute to the aims of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3: to promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and overcome barriers to schooling for girls.

There has been tremendous MDG focus on expanding enrolment in primary school. But these gains for girls are often lost in the transition to secondary school due to lack of separate, private, safe girl’s sanitation facilities, sexual harassment or violence at and en route to school, and due to the need for curriculum reform and teacher training for higher quality schools with greater relevance to girls’ lives.

Educated girls tend to become women with greater economic independence. They have an increased ability to negotiate and bargain in home, community and economic life. Educated girls and women tend to participate more in public life, and they can manage natural resources in a more sustainable manner.

The trustees of Breaking the Cycle UK include Geoffrey Piper of the North West Business Leadership Team and Kim Harrison a partner at Pannone Solicitors in Manchester.

Breaking the Cycle UK project aims are supported by the Bangladeshi Minister of Education, Nurul Islam Nahid, whom Mrs Ahmed met during a visit to Dhaka earlier this month.

The event at the Bramhall Khandoker, owned by Mr Salim Uddin Khandoker, was attended by the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Mr Zokey Ahad and eminent guests and trustees, Caryl Agard OBE who has been instrumental in developing the voice of Black and Ethnic Minority communities in the UK and Raja Miah MBE who is Chief Officer of Rise UK and gained his MBE in recognition of his contribution to cohesion amongst young people in Oldham after the 2001 riots.

Although it was an intimate dinner with mainly friends present it raised over £1,000.

If anyone reading this article would like to support Breaking the Cycle UK or would like to know more about its aims please email Siddika@breakingthecycleuk.org

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