Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - Chairman and Founder of BRAC Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has said cosmopolitanism is “acceptance and appreciation” of the fact that human beings will choose to express themselves in different ways.
Sir Abed also shared how the cosmopolitan ethic has been reflected in the work of BRAC, which has significantly contributed to the development of the people of Bangladesh.
He was addressing a function on Saturday arranged by the Aga Khan National Council for Bangladesh celebrating the conclusion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan with a session on “Cosmopolitan Ethic in Action” at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Bashundhara.
President of the Aga Khan National Council for Bangladesh Sulaiman Ajanee welcomed all and remarked that the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan has provided a significant opportunity to reflect on the vision of Aga Khan, the efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network and on the ethics and values that underpin these efforts, one of which is the “cosmopolitan ethic”.
Managing Director Mohammadi Group Dr Rubana Huq said cosmopolitan ethic means that they neither expect nor desire that every person or society should converge on a single mode of life. “That is not possible but we have a moral and ethical choice to change whatever we can within our own means.”
AKDN Resident Diplomatic Representative to Bangladesh Munir M Merali said the cosmopolitan ethic also means to bring hope where there is despair and poverty, to embrace diversity, and to promote pluralism while employing meritocracy in all that they do.
The event was attended by members of the academia, representatives of civil society, business leaders and members of the Ismaili community.
Dhaka, Sep 9 (UNB) – Target of literacy campaign should not be limited to developing the skill of signing names only, but at making the new generation culturally and socially literate and knowledgeable about country’s history, said experts on Sunday.
The experts made the observations while addressing a view exchange meeting at National Press Club to mark the International Literacy Day 2018, observed globally on September 8. The programme was organised by Save the Children and Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS).
Shafi Ahmed, an academic and senior editorial advisor of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) appreciated attainment of a significant literacy rate of 72.9 percent but he stressed on the need of imbuing the spirit of cultural and national heritage among the members of new generation.
Speaking as chief guest at the programme, Minister of Primary and Mass Education, Advocate Mostafizur Rahman said “The country has developed in every sector, specially in education but still there remains some gap to fulfill our target – 100 percent literacy.”
Mass involvements and community initiatives are necessary to realise 100 percent literacy rate, the minister added.
Singer Ferdous Ara, Director of the education sector of Save the Children, Bushra Julfikar, and Executive Director of MSS, Zakir Hossain, addressed, among others, the programme, with daily Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamal Dutta presiding it over.
Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) - Citing Bangladesh as a development role model among the international community, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Saturday said many countries, including Pakistan, now want to be like Bangladesh.
Quoting a Pakistani television Chanel talk-show, the minister said some Pakistani scholars requested their newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan to make Pakistan like Bangladesh within 10 years.
“But this Pakistan once had dominated our country for a long time. Now Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in many sectors,” he said.
Nahid came up with the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a daylong International Conference and discussion organised by Allama Rumi Society of Bangladesh held at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of Dhaka University (DU) Social Science Building.
Iranian Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Abbas Vaezi, DU Social Sciences Faculty Dean Prof Dr. Sadeka Halim and Prof Dr AKM Saiful Islam Khan of DU’s Persian Language and Culture department, among others, addressed the function.
Pointing to the young generation, the minister said, "The young generation is our future. They must develop good ethics and humanity. Without the practice of humanity, no one can be a proper and successful human being.”
Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) – International literacy day is being observed in the country on Saturday as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of the day is ‘Literacy and Skills Development’
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.
Different government and private organisations have been observing the day amid various programmes.
The Dhaka University authorities have taken up elaborate programmes marking the day which includes rally with participation of students, teachers and employees of the Institute of Education and Research(IER), discussion and debate competition.
The country’s literacy rate is 72.9 percent which was 72.3 last year, said Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman at a pogramme on Thursday.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated throughout the world marking the 52nd anniversary of the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy, held in Tehran, Iran in 1965.
Following the Tehran recommendation, UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as the International Literacy Day.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - Leading economist and expert on the political economy of development in Malaysia Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram will deliver a lecture in the city on Saturday highlighting challenges of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation.
Prof Jomo is a member of ‘Council of Eminent Persons’, Malaysia and former Assistant Secretary General of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), in line with its trend, will host the anniversary lecture titled ‘Assessing the Challenges of SDG Implementation: Food, Energy and Inequality’.
Prof Jomo was educated at Yale and Harvard universities and taught at a number of reputed academic institutions, including Harvard, Yale and Cornell universities.