Dhaka: Bangladesh won eight medals at the 15th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO)-2022 held from August 25 to 31, organized by Italy.
IESO is an annual global competition in Earth and Environmental Science for middle and high school students.
This year a thousand students from all over Bangladesh participated in several regional and national competitions, of which the top eight students made it to the national team.
The Bangladesh team performed best since its debut in 2012 and won a total of eight medals in this prestigious global competition. Professor Yunus Ahmed Khan of Rajshahi University and former National Earth Olympiad winner Arian Andalib Azim served as mentors and advisors to the Bangladesh team.
Soumya Saha from Notre Dame College, Sabit Ibtisam Annan from Dhaka Residential Model College, MS Mottakin Tashin from Dhaka Imperial College and Syed Iftekhar Salam Deepta from Dhaka College bagged bronze medals in individual categories of the competition.
The Bangladesh team consisting of Muntasir Rahman from Adamji Cantonment College, Ilhamul Azam from Govt. Haji Muhammad Mohsin College, Soumya Saha and SM Mottakin Tashin won silver medal in two National Team Field Investigation NFTI rounds for their presentation on the causes of recent landslides in Rangamati, Bangladesh. Another Bangladeshi team consisting of Abrar Azim Hritek of Cantonment Public School and College, Faiza Islam of Rajshahi College and Syed Iftekhar Salam Dipti won bronze medals in the same round for their presentation on groundwater pollution and soil erosion in various riverine towns of Bangladesh.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson personally congratulated all the winners and medalists at the British High Commission and said that climate change is a growing crisis and Bangladesh is one of the countries affected by it. I am very happy that the young students of Bangladesh are taking the lead in tackling this crisis and working to raise awareness. I heartily congratulate the Bangladesh team for participating in the International Earth Science Olympiad this year and winning eight medals.
The British High Commission is proud to support this team in association with the Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI).
Shamir Shihab, founder of BYEI, said, “For Bangladesh to become a climate resilient country, we need to create a new generation of young people who will play a leading role in protecting the environment.” They will lead the generation of new knowledge, practice and take effective action in light of it.
National Earth Olympiad 2022 co-conveners and advisors Professor Kazi Matin Ahmed and Yunus Ahmed Khan said, We are very satisfied with Bangladesh’s performance this year and hope to do better in the coming years. Our goal is to spread earth and environmental science education and awareness among the youth of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Time: 1505 hours, September 01, 2022