JCI Dhaka Central, a regional chapter of JCI Bangladesh, held an art exhibition on March 9, Friday at Dhaka’s Drik gallery, featuring art by students with neurological or other disabilities. Four specialized schools and training centers participated in the exhibition and World Vice President of JCI Rochelle Borton attended the event as the chief guest.
Titled ‘Haatchani’, the exhibition displayed paintings by students from School for Gifted Children, Kookaburra Australian Standard School, PFDA Vocational Training Centre and Sunshine Learning Centre.
Currently visiting Bangladesh as part of her role as a World VP, Borton was thrilled to see JCI providing a platform for these students who are normally marginalised within the society. “I hope to come back to Bangladesh to see the next phase of this project,” she said, referring to the ‘Alor Michil’ project by JCI Dhaka Central. The project undertakes initiatives for improving and advancing education. Haatchani is a part of the first phase of Alor Michil project.
“The response to the event has been incredible and we were overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by the parents
and teachers of these children,” said the local president for JCI Dhaka Central Mehzabeen Aziz. The project director of the organization Khadiza Afrin said, “The event was very successful, particularly because the participating students were immensely encouraged by setting their work featured in an exhibition.”
JCI (Junior Chamber International) is an international non-profit organization with presence in 124 countries. It encourages young people to become active citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, and international co-operation. The century old organization has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO.