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(23 February, 2012)

 

Book Fair 2012Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) is taking part in the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2012, country’s largest book festival that begun on 1st February in the Bangla Academy premises. The Bangla Book Fair is held every year in February on the theme ‘History of the Language Movement in 1952’. CAMPE is participating in this fair with a well decorated stall (No.06) set out for displaying its publications as well as publications of CAMPE members/partners. CAMPE has been participating in the fair for many years to raise awareness and inform the mass about the status of education in Bangladesh along with the programs implemented by NGOs to achieve Education for All (EFA). Distinguished personalities including writers, NGO activists and readers visited and collected books from the CAMPE stall.


The fair is open for all from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm everyday but on February 21, the International Mother Language Day, the fair continued from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Amar Ekushey or “Immortal February 21” commemorates the Language Movement of 1952. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared the Day as International Mother Language Day in 1997 and since then the whole world observes the day with utmost solemnity.

 

World Teachers' Day is celebrated across the world on 5th October to acknowledge the contribution of the teachers and appreciate their role to make education meet the needs of future generations and emerge as future leaders. This year the focus is on the role of teachers to bring about gender equality. We demand gender equality at all level irrespective of sex, ethnicity and poverty level. It is therefore essential to ensure effective implementation of the National Education Policy 2010 along with other gender responsive acts and policies.
 
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(25 January, 2012)

 

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid categorically said that schools which charged admission fees higher than the government-fixed amount would have to return the extra money or adjust it with the monthly fees. He stated this at a public dialogue held on 25 January 2012 on "Admission trade: People speak" organized by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), in association with Channel i at the LGED auditorium.


Some of the participants demanded that political leaders be kept out of school managing committees (SMC) through formulation of a law aimed at putting an end to the commercialisation of the education sector.


Many also criticised the government and the Monipur High School and College authorities for dropping lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder's name from the probe report on the assault of a woman journalist of the private television channel Rtv. The speakers also demanded more allocation in the education sector to ensure education for all and quality teaching in schools.

 
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(9 January, 2012)

 

A High Court Division Bench, comprising of Mr. Justice A. H. M. Shamsuddin Choudhury and Mr. Justice Jahangir Hossain, today directed the government and concerned authorities to show cause why their failure to investigate the imposition of exces schools fees and charges from guardians in the form of donations, and its failure to prosecute and punish the schools and colleges doing so in violation of the Circular dated 14.12.2011 issue by the Ministry of Education, should not be declared to be unconstitutional, and a violation of the right to access to education.


The Court also asked these authorities to show cause why they should not be directed to take immediate action to investigate the incidents of charging of excess fees including in the form of ‘donations’, and why they should not require school inspectors to conduct inspections on this issue, and/or adopt a time?bound action plan to monitor both govt and non?govt schools to ensure that they comply with the guidelines regarding the fee ceiling and refund the excess fee extracted from the guardians.


Finally, the Court directed the Education Ministry, Directorates and Boards to submit a report within three months regarding the steps taken by them to conduct investigations int such charging of excess fees, and the action taken against those who had acted in disregard of the law. The respondents include the Ministry of Education, the Directorate of Primary and Mass Education, the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education and all Boards of Education.


For the petitioners, Rasheda K Choudhury
commented that "In Bangladesh we have many laws on children’s rights, but they are not implemented. We wanted to remind the state of its duties. We want to end the “admissions business’ which results in discrimination against a section of society."

 
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(16 November, 2011)

 

Sir F H AbedCAMPE Executive Director Ms. Rasheda K. Choudhury congratulates Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder Chairperson of BRAC and Adviser, CAMPE, for receiving the WISE Award 2011. He has been awarded the first WISE Prize for Education in recognition of his 40-year career dedicated to alleviating poverty through education. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, presented Sir Fazle Hasan Abed with the prize, a major award for education, at the opening session of the third World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha held on 1 – 3 November, 2011.

 

A total of 1,300 representatives and 48 speakers from 104 countries across the world took part in the Summit, organised by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Academics, policymakers, private sectors' representatives, heads of NGOs and associations from across the world have assembled for the Doha summit.

 

 

World Teachers' Day is celebrated across the world on 5th October to acknowledge the contribution of the teachers and appreciate their role to make education meet the needs of future generations and emerge as future leaders. This year the focus is on the role of teachers to bring about gender equality. We demand gender equality at all level irrespective of sex, ethnicity and poverty level. It is therefore essential to ensure effective implementation of the National Education Policy 2010 along with other gender responsive acts and policies.
 
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(15 November, 2011)

A national consultation on Implementation of the National Education Policy 2010: Challenges and Way Forward was organized by CAMPE in cooperation with Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) project on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka.


Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid MP
, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Education was present in the consultation as chief guest and Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Governing Council, Dhaka School of Economics & Chairmen of PKSF as special guest.


Hon’ble Minister Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid in his speech expressed his thanks to CAMPE for this type of program which will help to improve the performance. He mentioned that National Education Policy is in a process of implementation and a lots of issues need to be addressed. He also informed the house that the Private University Regulatory Act is under process of being adopted by the national parliament.

 


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