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UNHCR launches architectural design competition for Bangladeshi refugees

KUWAIT: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched the first architectural design competition for a refugee shelter in Bangladesh for students and young architects in Kuwait. The competition was launched in cooperation with the College of Architecture at Kuwait University and Kuwait Fund for Development and the Arab Consulting Engineering Office, UNHCR representative in Kuwait, Nisreen Rebeyan, said in a press statement on the sidelines of the competition’s inauguration.

This pioneering initiative is an opportunity to raise awareness of urgent humanitarian needs, especially in light of the conducive environment for creative cooperation in the humanitarian field in Kuwait, to educate and spread awareness through innovative activities aimed at encouraging young people to work in the humanitarian field and creative architectural planning, in response to emergencies, refugee, displacement situations and various circumstances, she said.

It coincides with the UNHCR’s announcement of a new historic figure of more than 100 million refugees and displaced persons. She pointed out that that awareness should be spread through creative activities targeting young people in the engineering, artistic and architectural fields, to encourage them to join international humanitarian organizations and finding new careers for Kuwaiti youth. – KUNA

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