Update September 8, 2015

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International Literacy Day being marked

Sumel Sarker

A child of Indian migrant labourers interacts with a teacher at a 'Tent School' run by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) 'Concern for Working Children (CWC)' in Bangalore on September 7, 2011 on the eve of 'International Literacy Day'. The provisional 2011 census figures show that the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka?s literacy rate has improved from 66 per cent to 75.60, with more girls than boys enrolling in educational schemes in the past decade. AFP PHOTO/ Manjunath Kiran (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

International Literacy Day being marked

08 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: With the theme of ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’, the International Literacy Day is being celebrated in the country with various events on Tuesday.

Despite progress made across the world since 2000 achieving literacy remains a challenge including in Bangladesh. Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitude and values, required for creating sustainable societies.

At the same time, progress in areas of sustainable development concerning socio-economic and environment serves as an enabling factor in the promotion of literacy and literate environment.

The government has been observing the International Literacy Day (ILD) in Bangladesh through various events across the country.

The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MOPME) and Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) has organized the inaugural ceremony at the Osmani Memorial Hall in Dhaka.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present there as Chief Guest, Mostafizur Rahman, MP Minister for Primary and Mass Education as Special Guest and Dr. Ruhul Amin Sarker, Director General, Bureau of Non-Formal Education together with Beatrice Kaldun, Head and Representative, UNESCO Dhaka were present as Guest of Honor. Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary MOPME chaired the occasion.

To disseminate the message of ILD widely, 100,000 posters have been produced – comprising of the UNESCO poster and two posters which have been specially designed by MOPME – with support from UNESCO, BNFE, Save the Children, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and CAMPE.

A Souvenir in form of a magazine comprising of articles from Non-Formal education (NFE) practitioners, experts, academician and officials of MOPME, BNFE, Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) and National Academy for Primary Education (NAPE) has been published and shared with different key stakeholders to advocate importance of literacy as well as initiatives of literacy and NFE activities.

A rally was organized prior to the inaugural ceremony on promoting literacy in Dhaka and all other districts and upozila (sub-district). Caps and T-shirts will be disseminated among rally participants using the theme of ILD.

Later in September 2015, a roundtable discussion will be organized by MOPME and BNFE at the Auditorium of the Bureau of Non-formal Education, to discuss important issues concerning the promotion of literacy and the need for comprehensive strategies and plans of government and NGOs in the country towards sustainable societies.

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