Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: The Bangladesh High Commission in London conferred Outstanding Achievement Awards to 103 students of Bengali origin who had secured ten A/A* at the GCSE and three A/A* at the ‘A’-level examinations in 2017 at an event on Saturday 17 February 2018 at the Kensington Town Hall, central London. In addition, to encourage the leaning of Bengali the High Commission for the second time has awarded 14 students who did well in Bengali language subject.
The High Commissioner Md Nazmul Quaunine in his address said the high achievement of British Bengali students has brought pride to the community. He termed them as future leaders who would could act as a bridge between the UK & Bangladesh. He also asked the students to read Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech included in the brochure published to coincide with the event. The UNESCO had last year recognised the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the world’s documentary heritage. The High Commissioner also highlighted development work undertaken by the current government of Bangladesh led by its Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford PC, Chair of the International Relations Committee of House of Lords, Paul Scully MP, Vice-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh, Ms Jean Lambert MEP and renowned journalist & Life Time Achievement Award Winner of the High Commission Abdul Gaffar Choudhury were also present as special guests at the event.