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Literacy Day 2003

The International Literacy Day will be observed in the country today.

The government and different Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day. The United Nations also declared 2003-2012 as the ‘Literacy Decade’. Primary and Mass Education Ministry will hold a function at the Osmany Memorial hall auditorium in the city in observance of the day and the UN Literacy Decade.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the function, as the chief guest while Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman will be present as special guest. Prof Jahanara Begum, Primary and Mass Education Affairs Adviser to the PM will preside over the function.

Non-Formal Education Department under the Primary and Mass Education Ministry will launch a four-day programme including colourful procession, Mass Education Fair, street drama, slide show on mass education in cinemas and cultural function. The department will bring out a procession at 8.30 in the morning from Central Shaheed Minar in the city that will end at the Osmany Memorial Hall premises. A "Mass Education Fair" will be held at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium in the city at 3pm today. Prof Jahanara Begum will be present at the programme as chief guest. A daylong literacy festival will also be held at the LGED Bhaban in the city in observance of the day. Action Aid, Bangladesh, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, two other NGOs –FIVDB and FPED will jointly organise the programme.

Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad will inaugurate the programme as chief guest while Prof. Dr. Tahmina Hossain, Secretary for Primary and Mass Education Ministry and Wolfgang Vollmann will be present as special guests.  Meanwhile, Dhaka Bahai Society and Minority Rights Commission will jointly organise a discussion meeting at the Society’s auditorium in the city on the occasion. Democracywatch, Education and Institute of Lifeskill and Information Technology will jointly bring out a procession from the Jatiya Press Club in the city at 10.30 am today to mark the day.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been Awarded UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2003
Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been awarded UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2003. On this occasion a Press Conference was held in the National Press Club, Dhaka on 4 June 2003. Wolf Gang Vollmann, UNESCO Country Director in Bangladesh, Sayed Jaglul Pasha, Secretary, Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO(BNCU), Kazi Rafiqual Alam, Executive Director and M. Ehsanur Rahman Deputy Executive Director of DAM were present in the Press Conference. They discussed on the importance & implication of the Award and informed the journalists about DAM’s innovative activities in the field of literacy and continuing education.  >>  Click for UNESCO Press Release

 SDNP Bangladesh Updated: 8-9-2003