Bishwo Shahitto Kendro
Logo of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro
|Motto||We want enlightened humans|
|Formation||6 March 1980|
|Type||Registered public welfare trust|
|Location||14 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka|
|Abdullah Abu Sayeed|
|Website||Bishwo Shahitto Kendro|
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK) (Bengali: বিশ্ব সাহিত্য কেন্দ্র, meaning 'World-Literature Centre'), is a non-profit institution in Bangladesh to promote reading habits, enlightenment and progressive ideas among students and general public. Popularly known as just Kendro, this institution was established by famous writer, television presenter, organiser, and activist Abdullah Abu Sayeed. Sayeed was given the 97th Ramon Magsaysay Award in Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts for "... cultivating in the youth of Bangladesh a love for literature and its humanizing values through exposure to the great books of Bengal and the world" – which was a recognition of the contribution of Kendro.
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro offers classes on world literature for Higher Secondary students, and also provides every book for those classes. For Secondary and Junior school level it operates a nation-wide reading program, and provides books for the students. In 2007, it had 500 schools under this program, and over 100000 active student members.
Besides these programs, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro actively maintains libraries across the nation. It pioneered the concept of mobile library in Bangladesh, which carries books around the country. Since books are expensive and libraries are not available at all – these mobile libraries are getting very popular. Bishwo Shahitto Kendro also arranges reader's forum and discussions, which are open to everyone who is interested. These events are open to new thoughts and encourages thoughtful logical discussions. Through these endeavours Bishwo Shahitto Kendro is continuing its works with a motto that says – "We want enlightened humans".
The Kendro activities are mostly based in Bangladesh. It also has an office in New York.
- http://www.banglapedia.org/httpdocs/HT/B_0541.HTM Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- বিশ্ব সাহিত্য কেন্দ্র জ্যঁ আমোস কমেনিউয়াস পুরস্কার পেয়েছে, Daily Prothom Alo, 26 September 2008.
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