Promoting diversity and tolerance for a more inclusive future.
In a diverse society, rich in multiplicities of culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality.
And other aspects of the human identity, rigid social norms based on identity begin to lose their practicality.
Most of us go through life well-aware of these norms, but sometimes lack the empathy or courage to think outside of the norms.
And question whether losing these norms would be such a detriment.
Yes, of course, laws are norms too, and we need norms to function as a social collective.
But outside of laws, we live lives governed by vast generalizations of what it means to be a good human being, often dictated by culture, race, or religion.
And those that ascribe to different expressions of culture, race, or religion are often judged negatively.
With this context in mind, the Centre for Enterprise and Society (CES) at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) embarked on a quest to encourage practices of diversity.
Tolerance, and pluralism, first among its students, and next among the larger community of learners and instructors in Bangladesh.
Having implemented projects related to diversity, tolerance, and pluralism, in 2020, CES set out to design.
And launch a massive open online course (MOOC) to promote diversity, tolerance, and pluralism, through an online edTech platform called Bohubrihi.
The architect of the ongoing initiative was none other than Sajid Amit, Associate Professor at ULAB, and Director, Centre for Enterprise and Society.
Amit recruited expert lecturers from all over the world, both from academia and the private sector, to participate in the online course.
The MOOC was developed at the height of the pandemic, thanks to the hard work of the project team.
Over 10,000 people are aware of the MOOC, and over 500 students have completed it already.
From those that have completed the course, the feedback has been very positive. Tasniya Tabassum, a MOOC participant, reported.
I work in the PR department at a private company, and the course really helped me to understand the opposite perspective.
Accept the diversity within different chains of work, and become more compassionate and respectful towards other perceptions and views.