Speakers underscored the need for girls' empowerment to ensure gender equality and development.
They made the call in a policy dialogue styled “Strengthening Engagement of Rural Girls in STEM Education for a Better Bangladesh” held at Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) seminar hall, Gajipur on Monday organised by Education & Cultural Society- ECS.Director General of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Dr Nazrul Islam attended the event as the chief guest while Director (Support Service), BARI, Md Habibur Rahman Sheikh, Additional District Commissioner (Education & ICT), Gazipur, Afroza Akhter Riba and District Education Officer (DEO) Rebeka Sultana were present as the special guests with Executive Director of ECS – Education & Cultural Society, Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa in the chair.
Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka Dr Muhammad Manjurul Karim presented the keynote paper.
Around 30 heads of secondary schools of the district were present in the meeting.
Speakers said women and girls' empowerment is very important to ensure gender equality and development. Quality education and the target of sustainable development goals could not be achieved unless the girls’ are empowered. So, girls should be taught properly. Teachers, parents the community people should take special care and support to them.
STEM-based education is very important to acquire life skills. Acquiring the skill has become a key issue throughout the world as the governments and parents seek more effective education that will develop learners to be well-equipped for the 21st century and the challenges, they said adding that teachers must keep up the learners in the continuous assessment as it is a very important tool for students' all-round development. Teachers also need to undergo continuous professional development. They must have the skills to impart knowledge, and technology-driven learning among the learners besides the curriculum in order to build them to compete with the global race.
ECS is the pioneer organisation to promote STEM education in Bangladesh which will start working soon in eight divisions of the country.