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This Open Appeal is the outcome of a consultative process among CAMPE’s constituency and developed on the basis of our demands placed before decision makers from time to time. We have learnt that the Education sector is not getting proper priority in the proposed budget for 2012-2013. However, CAMPE has already started lobbying with the decision makers particularly Ministers and MP’s for supporting our demand for allocation of at least 20% of the total budget for education (which is currently a little more the 12 %).


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Wednesday 16 May, 2012

Failing to get any assurance from the government regarding regularization of their jobs, thousands of primary school teachers started collecting in Dhaka city to hand in a Memorandum to the Prime Minister on Wednesday May 16 to demand what had been promised earlier by the ruling party in their election manifesto. Unfortunately these innocent civilians out on the streets under the scorching sun were hardly aware of what was to befall upon them. The law enforcing agencies took them by surprise and doused them with hot water adding to their misery. The unprecedented humiliation and brutality was uncalled for because these protesting teachers were unarmed civilians demanding their rights.

The death of a head teacher and many injured seeks to raise questions on the concept and practice of democracy and the role of the law enforcing agencies. Against such a background CAMPE facilitated a signature campaign from leaders of the civil society to condemn this act and demand:

Immediate punishment of those responsible in carrying out such an inhuman act
Take measures to provide orientation to law enforcers on human rights issues
Form a Permanent Pay Commission in compliance with the recommendations made in the National Education Policy 2010 and addresses the issues related to the status and pay scale of teachers of non government primary schools.


The Civil Society leaders also appealed to the teachers to refrain from any acts that would disrupt the regular learning process of the students.

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28 April, 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Big PictureBIG PICTURE Event concludes amidst fun and festivity. About 200 children from different formal and non-formal institutions representing different segments of the society including the underprivileged joined the event and colored the big canvas with bold strokes of the paintbrush. The youngest participant was only 13 months old.

The Secretary Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) Mr. Abdul Awal Mazumder, Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Popular Cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi, Artist Sabiul Alam, Artist Rekha Kibria, Film Maker Khaled Mahmud Mithu, Entrepreneur Kaniz Almas, Choreographer Minu Hoque, Media Personality Sara Zaker & Aly Zaker, Human Rights Activist Shaheen Anam, Falguni Hamid Director Bangladesh Shishu (Children) Academy, Nawazesh Ali Khan CEO ATN Bangladesh (one of the top TV Channel in Bangladesh), representatives of UNICEF, UNESCO & INGOs, Board Members of CAMPE, GAW Partners were present on the occasion and expressed their solidarity.

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"We want to read books with real stories of liberation war" said Mohammad Tarek while his class fellows were so impatient to deliver their own judgment on books they want as text in their classes. Tarek is a student of Bharatkhali Boys High School situated in Shaghata, Gaibandha district. Farzana Mitu, a student of class 8 said, "I would love read stories of the dark and remotest corner of the world which I see in Discovery channel". "We want to read interesting stories" echoed the whole class. Students of Mahilara A. N. High School, Gouranadi, Barishal are interested to read traditions of English classics. But on the other side of the coin, a number of students of Rangdia High Schoo, Bagerhat showed the poor quality of their text books- misplaced pages, bad unreadable printing, text area of the book sliced away while binding, and so forth. Students asked for books which will keep them away from 'Guide Books'. These students were from the 600 students participated in the, "Book We Want to Read" campaign launched by CAMPE at Gaibandha, Barishal, Bagerhat and Cox's Bazar districts from 12 to 24 March 2012. Chairman of National Curriculum and Text Book Board Professor Md. Mostafa Kamaluddin and Abul Momen, renowned columnist & journalist joined the campaign at Kutupalong high School, Ukhia, Cox's Bazar.

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(19-21 March, 2012)


The three day long consultation titled “Asia Pacific Regional Consultation of National Education Coalitions” was held at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel Dhaka, Bangladesh from 19 to 21 March, 2012. The consultation was organized by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) in collaboration with Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and Global Campaign for Education (GCE) under the initiative of Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

The purpose of this consultation was to engage in a reflection and evaluation of CSEF phase- 1, formulate strategies and refine future coalition plans also to gain an international update and consider the extent to which national level plans can align with regional and international advocacy platforms and spaces. The conference focused on three important issues: (i) Basic education should be state responsibility; (ii) Investment on education has to be increased and (iii) Evaluate the current conditions of the MDGs and EFA goals in the Asia Pacific region.

50 delegates from 19 Asia Pacific countries participated in the workshop. A cultural program followed by dinner was arranged in honor of the participants on March 19, 2012 at the Ballroom of Roposhi Bangla Hotel. The honorable Education Minister, honorable State Minister of Primary and Mass Education and other distinguished guests attended the cultural program.


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