Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) – International literacy day is being observed in the country on Saturday as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of the day is ‘Literacy and Skills Development’
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.
Different government and private organisations have been observing the day amid various programmes.
The Dhaka University authorities have taken up elaborate programmes marking the day which includes rally with participation of students, teachers and employees of the Institute of Education and Research(IER), discussion and debate competition.
The country’s literacy rate is 72.9 percent which was 72.3 last year, said Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman at a pogramme on Thursday.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated throughout the world marking the 52nd anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy, held in Tehran, Iran in 1965.
Following the Tehran recommendation, UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as the International Literacy Day.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - Leading economist and expert on the political economy of development in Malaysia Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram will deliver a lecture in the city on Saturday highlighting challenges of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation.
Prof Jomo is a member of ‘Council of Eminent Persons’, Malaysia and former Assistant Secretary General of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), in line with its trend, will host the anniversary lecture titled ‘Assessing the Challenges of SDG Implementation: Food, Energy and Inequality’.
Prof Jomo was educated at Yale and Harvard universities and taught at a number of reputed academic institutions, including Harvard, Yale and Cornell universities.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation on Friday awarded three top performing social enterprises, led by young people, for their innovations as startup ecosystem to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.
The event titled “Accelerator Bangladesh: National Dialogue to Foster the Startup Ecosystem in Bangladesh” was the closing of a three-day programme, jointly organised by UNDP and the Citi Foundation in association with the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The initiative is part of Youth Co:Lab, a platform for youth entrepreneurship in 18 countries across Asia-Pacific, including Bangladesh.
Earlier, nine startup teams participated in the two-day boot camp guided by the experts from different sectors and heightened their ideas and solutions on issues from education to renewable energy, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Among the nine, three were selected as the top on the closing day for their innovative solutions on literacy, waste management and community tourism.
These three will go to the next round of Asia Regional Summit which will be held in Vietnam in next year.
Additional Secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry ABM Ruhul Azad said the government is always supporting and creating opportunities for the young minds to take their ideas and passions and turn them into businesses.
He said Youth Co:Lab can be a platform for young people for learning and sharing across the border.
Citi Bangladesh Country Officer N Rajashekaran said youths are the future of a nation and are a vital force of change.
“Bangladesh has a huge demographic dividend which can take the country towards the path of progress. To harness the potential of these young people, globally the Citi Foundation has committed to invest $100 mn to make 500,000 youths employable by 2020 and providing expert guidance with support of 10,000 of Citi volunteers,” Rajashekaran said.
“Youth is the source of energy and today’s young people are tomorrow’s duty bearers for SDGs. It’s therefore essential we invest on youth effectively and sustainably so that the hidden talents of youth get the opportunities to showcase their talents. Youth Co:Lab is UNDP’s regional initiative to create that opportunity for young people in Bangladesh,” said Deputy Country Director, UNDP Kyoko Yokosuka.
Around 300 delegates which included government officials, private sector participants, NGOs, academia, social incubators, entrepreneurs, and young business leaders, and youth were present in the closing event, said a press release.
Chattogram, Sept 6 (UNB) – Urging all concerned to take education as service rather than business, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Thursday warned that trading with certificates in educational institutions will not be tolerated.
“Do not come profiting from education, if anyone does it, she/he will not survive,” the minister made the remarks while addressing the freshers’ Reception Program of Port City International University (PCIU) in the port city.
‘We do not take any institutions with difference and equal rights in every sector including job markets are in place’ Nahid said. “We no longer import brains, rather export those to other countries.”
Asked about Khaleda’s jailing, the minister said the ruling party is not responsible for filing the case for which Khaleda Zia is in jail. He reminded everyone the case was filed during caretaker government so it is caretaker government which (if) is responsible for it.
Founder of PCIU and Awami League Organising Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Nurul Anwar and pro vice- chancellor Dr Shirin Sharmin, among others, were present.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman on Thursday said now the literacy rate in the country is 72.9 percent which was 72.3 last year.
There are 3.35crore illiterate people in the country and the government will take programmes to make them literate, said the minister.
To remove illiteracy from the country, the Bureau of Non-Formal Education is implementing a basic education project among the 45lakh illiterate people of the 15-45 age group, he said.
Besides, the decision of introducing primary education up to class VIII is under scrutiny, said the minister adding that it will be implemented after finalising all the works and scrutiny.
Responding to a question whether Primary Education Completion (PEC) examinations will continue, the minister said the examinations of will continueas long as the government changes the decision.