International Turkish Hope School (ITHS) has been organizing Inter-school Bangla Olympiad for the last six consecutive years. It takes place in ‘shahid’ month, February, the month of International Mother Language Day, among the students of most prominent English Medium Schools from Dhaka and Chittagong. Last year alone, 33 English medium schools, with the total number of 940 students competed in the final rounds of the event.
With the involvements of the prominent intellectuals, artists, linguists, academicians and media personnel, the Olympiad gained an enormous momentum within a very short time. Mrs. Jasmin Munni, Bengali teacher of ITHS Senior Girls Section, was the one of the coordinators of this event. Patriotic feelings clustered around Bangla Language passion and it accelerated the number of schools in this year as well.1414 students from 58 different schools (and 84 units, considering the schools’ branches) are participating in Bangla Olympiad for competition today at ITHS Main Campus. 1414 students are competing in 10 halls for 6 categories today.
Gala Event with Prize Giving Ceremony is going to be held on 18th February, 2017, at the main campus of ITHS, which is located at Uttara, Dhaka.
In this context, Honorable Cultural Minister of the Govt. of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh has given his kind consent to grace the occasion as Chief Guest at Gala Day on 18th February, 2017. Moreover, Honorable State Minister for Power & Energy and Honorable State Minister for Telecommunications & IT have provided their consents to be the special guests at Gala Day.
Director General of Bangla Academy Prof. Dr. Shamsujjaman Khan is also among the guests of honor of this 6th Bangla Olympiad, besides Prof. Dr. Syed Monzurul Islam, Prof. Dr. Abu Yousuf Md. Abdullah, Prof. Dr. Khaled Hussain, Prof. Dr. Ziaur Rahman, Prof. Dr. Sadeka Halim, Magician & musician Jewel Aich and Poet Farid Kabir are there as Advisors of Bangla Olympiad and as distinguished guests.
Judges of different items of this event are: Al Monsur, Anjam Masud, Arman Parvez Murad, Bijori Barkatullah, Chanchal Chowdhury, Dahlia Ahmed, Dr. Farhana Akhtar (JU), Dr. Khalad Hossain (JU), Dr. Mashiur Rahman (DU), Fahmida Nabi, Farid Kabir, Ivan Shahriar Shohag, Kabir Bakul, Kumar Bishwajit, Maruf Raihan, Masum Reza, Mehbooba Mahnoor Chandni, Munmun Ahmed, Najib Tareque, Nowshin Nahrin, Ripon Khan, Rokeya Prachi, S.I. Tutul, Saberi Alam, Sadi Mohammad, Saju Khadem, Samina Chowdhury, Sarmin Sultana Lily, Sharmin Nahar Lucky, Shimul Mustapha, Sufi Faruq Ibne Abubakar,SM Saiful Islam,Sufi Faruq Ibne Abubakar, Sujit Mustafa, Tapan Chowdhury, Tareen Jahan,Tashdik Nomira Ahmed and Tushar Das.
We would also like to mention here that, this event is inspired by the International Festival of Language & Culture, where in the last 13 years a significant number of the Bangladeshi English Medium school’s students have participated in Albania, Australia, Germany, Mongolia, Morocco, Philippine, Romania, Thailand and Turkey. In addition, these events and participation are being organized and sponsored by International Turkish Hope School since the birth of Bangla Olympiad.
ITHS always has been expressing profound admiration to the heroic language martyrs who had enabled the World to celebrate the 21st February as the International Mother Language Day since its establishment. As the day is being celebrated enthusiastically in different parts of Bangladesh with various cultural activities, ITHS also organizes such cultural events in order for the students to be mindful of rich Bangla Language and culture. Evidently, this philosophy and awareness programs have been playing a significant role in their upbringing and providing an opportunity to display our heritage in International Festival of Language and Culture platforms.