On July 14, The American Centre of US Embassy in Dhaka launched Edward M Kennedy Centre for public service and the arts in the capital’s Dhanmondi.
The center will be opened to the public in September. It is equipped with wi-fi access, a café, classrooms, a resource and reference room, and a lounge area. All facilities can be availed by members at an annual fee of Tk 1,000.
Its mission, in partnership with Liberation War Museum, is “to engage, inspire, connect, and empower citizens of all ages to better themselves, their communities and our world.”
The centre honours freedom fighters of the 1971 Liberation War and US Senator Edward M Kennedy, who came to Bangladesh in 1972 to extend the hand of friendship.
It recognises and encourages the work of the youth of today and defines public service as “service on behalf of the people by anyone, anywhere, anytime”, says a press release of the embassy.
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