International Essay Contest. A Paper for Progress – Results


Best Entries
The top submissions, which have zealously addressed the needs of the Education sector from diverse perspectives, these candidates have been carefully chosen for an award of BDT 150,000 each.

Abdullah Hasan Safir
A Civil Engineering undergraduate of BUET, in love with storytelling; founder of ‘Humans of BUET’

Mir Aftabuddin Ahmed
Studying towards a degree in Economics & IR at the University of Toronto. Contributor to The Daily Star on  Education and Public Policy

Md. Saifullah
Specializing in Tourism & Hospitality Management in his BBA studies at Dhaka University; an observer seeking solace through the art of writing

Priontu Chowdhury
Assistant Teacher at Sunshine Grammar School & College, Chittagong. Founder of Paradox Physics School and an advocate of social entrepreneurship

Sophea Urbi Biswas
Pursuing A’ Levels study at SFX Greenherald School.
A science enthusiast who loves to conduct new
and out of the box experiments

Honorable Mentions

Commendable works of writing that stood out boldly from among 325 submissions, each representing a voice standing tall.

Afser Chowdhury
“Studying for his Masters degree in Economics at the Government City College, Chittagong”

Edwin and Zubaida
Both studying towards MPH degrees at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. Active members of Dolanan Pinter, an Indonesian rural education initiative

Mahinur Rahman Khan
Studying towards an MBBS degree at the Barind Medical College, Rajshahi. Interested in creative writing and music

Maliha Ahsan
Education Program Officer at Abinta Kabir Foundation. Former Teach For Bangladesh Fellow. A graduate of Sunbeams School & BRAC University

Md. Rafiqul Islam
Director at the Social Development Assocation, Comilla engaged in the improvement of educational services

Michael Caleb Earnest
Humanities & Basketball Teacher at the American International School, Dhaka. Studied in Mississippi and lived in Afghanistan and Uganda

Minhazul Abedin
An alumni of Dhaka University and an established debater. Fond of participating in competitions, both internationally and locally. Currently engaged in teaching

Mollika Hossain
Studying medicine in Florida and passionate about issues in mental health. An aspiring writer & social activist, seeking to create positive change through writing & advocacy

Nafisa Iqbal
Graduate of Ahsanullah University and currently studying Sustainability & The Urban Environment at the City University, New York

Saima Tasfia Roja
A recent A’ Level graduate, currently applying for higher studies in Mechanical Engineering. A bold voice in youth issues and board member of OTUS

Shaveena Anam
Bard College & SOAS London alumna, currently advocating for social change & human rights in Bangladesh through iProbono and BYLC

Sourav Akib Sarkar
A 16 year old ambivert with a pocket full of new age ideas for bringing about development. Currently busy with commencing A’ Levels study

Jury Panel

Dr. Rubana Ahmed
Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics & Social Sciences, BRAC University

An alumna of Dhaka University with expertise in economic analysis, public policy, poverty alleviation, social protection & welfare and the role of non-profits

Professor Imran Rahman
Dean, Faculty of Business & Management at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

A Commonwealth scholar & alumnus of the University of Manchester, IBA at Dhaka University and the London School of Economics & Political Sciences. Special Advisor to the ULAB Board of Trustees, taught finance at IBA for 25 years and a member of music band Renaissance

Reefat Munmun
Head of the Bangla Language Institute at Independent University Bangladesh

A Fulbright scholar & alumna of Indiana University & BRAC University. Teaching Bangla as a foreign language & researching on therapeutic & multimodal teaching techniques using language & mental health connections

Professor Shamsad Mortuza
Head of the Department of English at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

A Fulbright scholar & alumnus of Jahangirnagar University, Arizona University, UCLA and Birkbeck College London. Literature and poetry enthusiast; author of Barkode and I Spy

Professor Mynoddin Ahmed
Head of the Bangla Department, Dhaka City College & Lecturer of Bangla at Dhaka University

Alumni of Dhaka University, an enthusiast of culture, history & literature and an established art critic and curator. Visiting lecturer at universities across Bangladesh, including BUET and Pathshala