Govt firm to achieve 100pc literacy by 2014

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Education

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Motahar Hossain at a workshop yesterday said the government is determined to achieve 100 percent literacy in the country by 2014.

The minister emphasised the importance of a coordinated effort by the government and NGOs with a view to achieving the total literacy rate within the stipulated time frame.

Motahar said this at the inaugural function of a South Asian sub-regional workshop on ‘Material development for literacy and non-formal education’ organised by Dhaka Ahsania Mission in collaboration with Unesco and Bangladesh National Commission for Unesco at its head office in the city.

Speaking as the chief guest, the minister said education is one of the preconditions to eradicate poverty, adding that there is no alternative to education for survival as well as progress in the present competitive world.

Describing the status of literacy, he said, at present 40 percent of the country’s total population have literacy, adding: “I believe other countries in the region also have the same scenario. So, regional corporation is crucial to get rid of illiteracy.”

He expressed hope that exchange of views among the participants from different countries of the region would contribute greatly to the material development for literacy and non-formal education.

Speaking as the special guest, Unesco academic expert Kiichi Oyasu prioritised simultaneously on material development and non-formal education for different age groups to eradicate illiteracy from the region.

DAM President Kazi Rafiqul Alam was in the chair at the inaugural session of the five-day workshop.

He stressed the need for creating skilled manpower and using ICT to develop materials in order to promote literacy and non-formal education in the region.

As many as 20 academic experts from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and host country Bangladesh took part in the programme.

The daily star 23.02.2009



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