The Spirit of School | Bangladesh | Work in Progress . . .

In the story, a popular Bangladeshi comic character called Meena (girl), desire for an education but initially has to stay at home to help with the housework. But by the end of the story, Meena’s relatives realize the value of education and the earnest young girl heads to school with her younger brother. The focus on education is evident among policymakers across Bangladesh who are taking measures to achieve a 100 per cent literacy rate within the next decade.

As per the latest literacy survey report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country’s literacy rate of the population aged above 15 reached 59.82 per cent while the illiteracy rate is 40.18 and the literacy of women is 55.71 per cent.

The education system and structure of Bangladesh has three major stages-primary, secondary and higher educations. Primary education is a 5-year cycle while secondary education is a 7- year one with three sub-stages: 3 years of junior secondary, 2 years of secondary and 2 years of higher secondary. The private schools also receive strong financial support from the state. The tertiary education (3-5 years) is provided through universities (31 public and 51 private universities) and affiliated colleges under supervision of University Grants Commission. Establishment of private universities has gained momentum in recent years. At all levels, students can choose the medium of education from Bangla or English.

The constitution is the fundamental law of the country it serves as a framework of all others laws. According to the Bangladesh Constitution article 17 Free and compulsory education. The State shall adopt effective measures for the purpose of –

a) establishing a uniform, mass-oriented and universal system of education and extending free and compulsory education to all children to such stage as may be determined by law; b) relating education to the needs of society and producing properly trained and motivated citizens to serve those needs; removing illiteracy within such time as may be determined by law.

This project was a challenge for me as I had to document the subject in a different way than I did before and continue in upcoming days. I feel this challenge has taken the whole project to a new level.

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An artist makes a school education logo which is display on the school wall its logo is widely use in Bangladesh. As per the latest literacy survey report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country’s literacy the literacy rate of the population aged above 15 reached 59.82 per cent while the illiteracy rate is 40. PHOTO Nov. 18, 2009 Dinajpure Bangladesh.

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A Bangladeshi child play with his rickshaw tires on the street of Dhaka after he finished his school, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says her government has undertaken necessary plans to free the country of illiteracy by 2014. PHOTO Oct. 27, 2005 Dhaka Bangladesh.

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Prothom Alo Publication August 2012

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A group of Dhaka University students take part in  a protest rally at Shahbag intersection in the capital demanding trail of the bus driver whose reckless driving killed Towhid Zaman,a second-year student of International relations department of the University.

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Iftar Party for Orphans

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August 13,2012.Dhaka,Bangladesh- Bangladesh orphans girl looks into camera during on the Iftar party. The Ruposhi Bangla in a five star hotel organized an Iftar party for the group of orphans student. Around 550 orphans from 8 orphanage of different location of Dhaka attend the Iftar party.During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims around the world refrain from eating and drinking and smoking form sunrise to sunset during the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. © Monirul Alam

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Student’s Protest at Jagannath University

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 04. Jan 2012.Dhaka.Bangladesh- Different left learning student’s under the banner of Progotisheel Chhatra Jote joined the demonstration one stage students and office ad mine are scuffle at Jagannath University Campus. Left learning students continue their demonstration against hiked admission fee in this year. © Monirul Alam


Students Protest Turn Violence in Bangladesh

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Police have charged with batons and arrested to disperse hundreds of students of Jagannath University blocking streets near the Topkhan road on September 25, 2011. Hundreds of university students staged a demonstration on Sunday demanding the scrapping of a clause in the Jagannath University Act, 2005, which deems the institution ineligible of receiving government funding,  media reported. Dhaka, September 2011. © Monirul Alam

Innocent Unsafe . . .

“Inncent people of the country are not safe in the hands of police.”

Abdul Kader, Dhaka University Student

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DhakaUniversitystudent Abdul Kadar, along with his mother comes out prison cell at Bangabandhu SheikhMujibMedicalUniversity, On August 3 2011. After his bailed, he said to media, “Innocent people of the country are not safe in the hands of police.” Kadar was tortured in police custody on July 16. According to the media report Kadar was picked up by Khilgaon police from the capital’s Segunbagicha area on his way back to his dormitory from his cousin’s house around 1:30am. August 2011 Dhaka© Monirul Alam

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Immediate action against Porimol Joydhor

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 Number of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College students sit on the Central Shaheed Minar and to demand exemplary punishment to Porimol Joydhor for his alleged sexual assault on a female student at his Badda coaching centre on May 28. Sanghati Mancha organised the rally on Central Shaheed Minar premises in the city July 2011 . © Monirul Alam