International Literacy Day celebrated across country
09 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: With the theme of ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’, the International Literacy Day was celebrated in the country with various events on Tuesday.
Colorful rallies and discussions were held in districts and upzilas upholding the spirit of literacy.
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 celebrated the day through various events across the country.
The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MOPME) and Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) organized the inaugural ceremony of the celebration at Osmani Memorial Hall in city.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke at the event as chief guest and primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman 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 were produced – comprising of the UNESCO poster and two posters which were 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. Caps and T-shirts were 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.