Bangladesh observed International Literacy Day on Saturday with a slogan ‘Shakkharata Arjan Kori, Dakkha Hoye Jibon Gori (acquire literacy, build up life being skilled).
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion.They have urged all to build up an illiteracy-free Bangladesh.
In his message, Abdul Hamid said, “The programme of achieving cent percent literacy will have to be undertaken as a social movement. There is no alternative to literacy in the nation based on knowledge, economy and technology.”
He said, “Education is the foundation of gaining knowledge while literacy is the primary stairs of knowledge.”
In her message, Sheikh Hasina said, “In the running Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-4) the confirmation of standard and universal education, and life term education expansion have been promised. The government has undertaken huge work plans to fulfill the promise.”
She is hopeful to free the country from the curse of illiteracy by 2021.
In the meantime, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman has claimed that the country’s literacy rate is increasing rapidly.The literacy rate of our country stands at 72.9 percent, but 27.1 percent people are still illiterate, he came up with this while addressing a discussion meeting.
The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education arranged the discussion at Jatiya Natyashala auditorium of Shilpakala Academy marking the International Literacy Day’18.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Primary and Mass Education Ministry Md Motahar Hossian and its member AKM Zahangir Hossain spoke among others with secretary of the ministry Mohammad Asif-Uz-Zaman as the chair.
The Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) is implementing a literacy programme across the country to make 45 lakh people aged between 15-45 years literate and skilled, the minister said.
He has added a preamble on non-formal education development programme is being prepared to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal-4 and the Seventh Five Year Plan of the government.
He said the Non-Formal Education Act-2014 has been enacted to facilitate the underprivileged people with education, create alternative opportunity of education to the children dropped out of schools, and check school dropout rate.
Earlier in the day, a procession, led by Mostafizur Rahman, was brought out from the Shilpakala Academy premises at 9:00am.