29 June 2014, Dhaka. As the entire nation fall victim to the craze of FIFA world cup 2014, BRAC decided to harness the enthusiasm through an exhibition match between the nation’s top favourite teams-Brazil and Argentina. On Friday afternoon of 27 March, the all-girls football teams of BRAC’s adolescent development clubs put on the jersey of Brazil and Argentina, and the much anticipated finale was underway.
The match began at 3pm on the ground of Motijheel T&T school, packed with an enthusiastic crowd cheering for their favourite teams. Brazil’s skipper Shamoly Bosak put her team in the lead during first half. However, Irene Parvin soon put Argentina back on level terms. The first half of the match ended with a score of 1-1. In the second half, the winning goal was by Argentina’s Jannatul Ferdous, ending the match with a final score of 2-1.
The winning team was handed over a replica of the world cup trophy along with a cheque of BDT 60,000. BRAC’s senior director Asif Saleh, programme head Snigdha Ali, programme coordinator Monwer Hossain and senior programme manager Rashida Parveen from BRAC’s communications and education programme were present at the event. The match received a huge national media coverage both in print and electronic media.
Since 1993, BRAC has been working to help adolescent girls in the country so that they could anchor on a sound survival strategy by keeping themselves busy through physical, social and economic engagements. Of many of the components of the initiative, ‘sports for development’ is a major one. Today, there are around 8000 adolescent clubs in Bangladesh, dedicated to mobilise this effort.