CBET Bangladesh Window, Afroza Chowdhury, CBET VP, Ottawa
CBET Bangladesh Window is the first and only Bangladeshi program available through Rogers Community TV that commenced in 2014 in the National Capital Region (NCR). This program slot originated from Canada Bangladesh Education Trust (CBET), a registered non-profit charity organization dedicated to providing scholarship to academically bright and less fortunate students in Canada and Bangladesh. Using Bangladesh Window, as a vehicle for communication, CBET is reaching out to the community members of the National Capital Region (NCR).
Bangladesh Window is a structured program that is broadcast every 3rd Sunday of the month through channel 22 under the Rogers Community TV. The program content is determined by the CBET team and organized and hosted by a CBET member who has been responsible for the program since its inception.
This thirty-minutes program is primarily for educational purpose to raise awareness of the contribution of Canadians of Bangladeshi origin; and demonstrate to Canadians at large how, this particular segment of the Canadian population has become an integral part of Canada, the country they call home. It consists of pre-recorded interviews of local Canadians of Bangladeshi origin who have been making a difference in their respective fields of endeavours. Apart from the interviews, the program also covers community events, such as, socio- religious festivals and large winter and summer gatherings, like picnic, sports and recreation. As well, it covers fund-raising shows and promotes the work of non-profit organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the local area or in the society or the world at large. Through this window CBET promotes it vision, mission and keeps community abreast of all their activities.
So far, Bangladesh Window has successfully delivered several programs / interviews of local members of the community who have appeared in the talk show. These programs represent authors, university professors, community leaders, dedicated volunteers, cultural and social workers, artists, talented students with exceptionally high marks, and new generation of Bangladeshi Canadians who, having been raised in Canada, are now employed in both private and public sectors as young professionals. Viewers get a chance to see how their own life is reflected in a mirror of many facets – hard work, love, compassion, altruism and charity. Like a probing journalist to showcase the contributions of Canadians of Bangladeshi origin, especially in the NCR. CBET’s probing interviewer is always on the lookout for individuals or organizations.
One of CBET focus is on how to conceptualize, structure and facilitate the participation of young people in the community development process and motivate them in leadership role. Bangladesh Window is an excellent social vehicle through which we can motivate and show how empowered young people are making a difference in their lives and encouraging others to follow suit.
To gauze the audience interest, CBET receives feedback from the viewers which is looked at and analysed for improvement. Viewers have found the Bangladesh Window segment to be a truly interesting vehicle that has been a source of both entertainment and knowledge that they find useful not only for themselves but also for their children and grandchildren growing up in Canada.
Producer & Host, Bangladesh Window