Bangladesh’s 10 Minute School wins another award

Aiman Sadiq, right, received the award from Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA). (AN photo)
Updated 11 December 2017

Bangladesh’s 10 Minute School wins another award

DHAKA: The 10 Minute School and its founder Ayman Sadiq on Sunday won the best e-learning award from the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA).
The competition is organized annually in a bid to boost regional cooperation in information and communication technologies.
The school teaches more than 150,000 students online throughout Bangladesh for free. Sadiq, recently won the queen’s young leaders award 2018, which recognizes exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth of Nations.
A graduate from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, Sadiq said he established the school to overcome the prohibitive cost of a good-quality education.
“I want to make the 10 Minute School a one-stop solution for every branch of education,” he told Arab News.
“My first and foremost concern is to overcome the economic and geographic barriers of quality education, so all students in the country can have easy access to educational content.”
Since its launch on May 17, 2015, the school has already served more than 5 million Bangladeshi students.
“I hope from next month to provide online education coaching to 450,000 students every day. It will create a revolution in the virtual education system,” said Sadiq.
“At present, we provide two interactive live classes six days per week. Apart from school and college syllabuses, we also provide life-skills education, including coaching on software applications and uses, presentation skills, CV preparing and so on.” Every day, around 15,000 students receive live coaching from the virtual school.
“Such innovative initiatives are highly encouraging for people, and will make a strong footprint in changing society,” said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zahidur Rahman, chairman of the computer science department at BRAC University.
The school is supported and sponsored by the government’s information and technology division, and private mobile phone operator Robi Axiata.

‘Joy’ snags top prize at Marrakesh Film Festival

Sudabeh Mortezai (center) poses with her trophy. (AFP)
Updated 09 December 2018

‘Joy’ snags top prize at Marrakesh Film Festival

  • Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars like US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro

MARRAKESH: Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy,” an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, won the top prize Saturday at the Marrakesh Film Festival in Morocco.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci presented the trophy for the film, which tells the story of a young Nigerian forced into prostitution in Vienna.

Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars like US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro.

Tunisian Nidhal Saadi won Best Actor for his role in the film “Regarde moi” (Look at me), directed by Nejib Belkhadi.

And German Aenne Schwarz won Best Actress for her role in “Alles is gut” (All is good), directed by Eva Trobish. Tribute evenings honored the careers of visionary French filmmaker Agnes Varda and her co-director, French street artist JR, who teamed up to produce the road documentary “Faces Places.”

The festival also hailed the career of Moroccan filmmaker Jilali Ferhati, whose films were shown in a new “panorama of Moroccan cinema” sidebar.