Apr 262016

Giving all children in Bangladesh a fair start in life.

Rani is 14 years old, and currently in the ninth grade at Abader Hat Girls High School. She lives with her father, mother, and one of her elder sisters in a small village named Gadaghata in Shibpur Union, Satkhira district.
Coming from a very poor family in a small village, one of her older sisters’ luck has already run out. She is already married and living in a different village away from Rani and her family.
Rani dreams of being a teacher. By teaching, she believes, she would extend her knowledge to all the other poor and disadvantaged children who, like herself, have been left behind. Rani fears that one day her luck will run out too.
Her battle against the odds — that her father will continue to be able to feed her and her family, as well as bear her education expenses — is poor. Knowingly, Rani begins to consider that she will soon have to look for informal jobs at an early age to afford her studies and support her family.
It is the situation of children like Rani, repeated every day countless times around the world, which has driven Save the Children to launch its new global campaign, Every Last Child — with the goal of removing the barriers that leave a disproportionate number of children from surviving and thriving to achieve full potential.   Reading More …            William Lynch is Interim Country Director, Save the Children in Bangladesh.

Apr 102016

Panel Discussion on the need of digital skills for women.

  The British Council recently organised a panel discussion titled, “Digital Skills – Can They Change Girls’ Lives?” The discussion considered the disparity between men and women in terms of access to the internet and smartphone use in developing countries, and how accessing both can have a significantly positive impact on such economies.
Chowdhury Mufad Ahmed, additional secretary, Ministry of Education, Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, director general, department of women affairs, Mahmuda Rahman Khan, senior program development specialist, USAID Bangladesh and Dr Gitiara Nasreen, professor, gender, media, and ICT expert, University of Dhaka, took part in the discussion as panelists. Gaynor Evans, head of English, British Council, moderated the discussion.  Read More ….      

Apr 052016

Premier University expels 16 students.

The authorities of Premier University have expelled 16 students and suspended seven others from the university over the murder of its student Nasim Ahmed Sohel.
Ahmed Rajib Chowdhury, proctor of the university, told the Dhaka Tribune that the 16 students, who are the accused in the Shohel murder case, were expelled and seven others were suspended from the university.” 
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Mar 302016

University opens its doors to Bangladesh garment workers.

When Rubina Yeasmin was 13, her father died of a heart attack. Her mother scraped together the money to keep her in school but finances became increasingly tight. “My uncle said I must leave school and get married.”
She grew up in Topshe village in Dinajpur district, in northern Bangladesh. According to a Unicef report published last year, 65% of girls in Bangladesh are married before the age of 18, and 29% before they are 15. For poor families, early marriage can ease financial pressure as it means one less mouth to feed. It can also negate the need for girls to be educated. 
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Mar 242016

Tens of thousands rally in Sohagi murder protest.


Tens of thousands of students of Comilla Victoria Government College took to the streets on Thursday, protesting the killing of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, a second-year student of History Department.
Some 30,000 students gathered at Kandirpar Pubali Chattar, located at the heart of the city, at 10am and continued their demonstration rally till 12:30pm.
The agitated students vowed to continue their demonstration until the rapists and killers of the theatre activist are brought under trial.
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Feb 252016

Govt primary schools in Bangladesh to go digital.


Taking yet another leap towards a future digital Bangladesh, last week, the government launched a historic program that will enable access to digital content and multimedia for children in classrooms from underprivileged communities.
The Government of Bangladesh, in partnership with BRAC and Save the Children, launched the program on February 14, building off the initiative by BRAC.

“If we want to prepare Bangladesh further to become a middle income country, then we have to prepare the majority for the future,” Safiqul Islam, director of BRAC Education Programme, told the Dhaka Tribune…  Read More …   




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