By Tazrian Kabir Arwa (YES 2021-2022, Bangladesh, placed by PAX in Flagstaff, AZ)
My head held high, I lifted up the Bangladeshi flag as I started my International Education Week presentation, the red and green of the flag reflected in my traditional outfit. I started my presentation by asking if anyone could identify Bangladesh on a map. Although no one was successful, many of my classmates were very close.
Once I had explained where Bangladesh is located, I gave an overview of the Bengali language movement and the liberation war in Bangladesh. My classmates were astonished to learn how Bangladeshis fought for our mother language, and they were amazed by the many varieties of Bangladeshi food, clothing, and modes of transportation. As part of my presentation, I also played Bengali songs on the guitar and performed a dance to Bengali music.
I tried to incorporate a hands-on approach to my presentation by applying henna to my classmates' hands. Some of my classmates even adorned themselves with a tip, a decorative sticker worn on the center of the forehead.
I was so proud to serve as a youth ambassador for Bangladesh and teach about my country, culture, and traditions in Flagstaff, and International Education Week made it all possible. Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for granting me this opportunity.