Pakhi Begum 25, lost both of her legs in the Rana Plaza building collapse. Pakhi works as a machine operator on the fifth floor of the nine-storey building when it collapsed in April 24, 2013. Her legs trapping under the concrete bar, her husband Jahangir Alam 30, and her two daughters said, we are very happy to see her alive, when lots of people were either missing or dead. Several injured victims like Pakhi they are admitted in Savar and Dhaka different hospital for the treatment here is some critical patient who are admitted at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar.
Reports state that the death toll rose over 540 ( update 4 May, 2013) and many more still missing, according to a senior military official leading rescue operations at the spot. 52 bodies were recovered on 03 May 2013 after the eight-storey building Rana Plaza housed mostly garment factories which collapsed on 24 April 2013.
Bangladesh’s garment industry has grown rapidly during the last decade. The Ready Made Garment, RMG, sector contributes 76% of the total export earning of Bangladesh. Recently an eight-story block housing factories and a shopping center on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed on April 24 morning killing at least 430 more ( update, 2 May 2013) people. Rescuers fear the death toll may rise significantly. Local citizen, fire fighters, army personnel,police, volunteers joined to rescue them. A number of workers garment factories in Savar alleged that they were forced to work in the morning. Most of the victims who have been rescued from under the debris in the afternoon are dead. The injured and dead victims were rushed at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar to hand over victims’ relatives for burial.
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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.
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.
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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My pictures set-up an agenda, which is unfolded.The object of my work is to report the real moment of life. I recorded many times as an eyewitness. My main interest lies in documentary storytelling focusing on global issues . . .
Monirul Alam born in Old Dhaka 1975. He took up photography in 1994. After completing his Bachelors in Accounting from the National University, he went on to graduate from Pathshala, the South Asian Institute Media Academy.
Monirul currently works as a deputy chief photojournalist in The Daily PROTHAM ALO newspaper.
His main interest lies in depth PHOTOJOURNALISM- works as a front lines photojournalist with concerning global issues. He passionate with writing like POEM, JOURNAL,FEATURE . . .
His work has been published in prestigious national and international publications, such as National Geographic On Line Version,The Guardian, Time Magazine,Time Light Box, TIME Lens Blog, Newsweek,Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, New Internationalist, Saudi Aramco World,The Daily Prothom Alo, DrikNews,The Daily Star,The Observers France 24,100 Eyes Magazine,Private Magazine,ZUMA PRESS,Majority World,AP, AFP, EPA,Photojournale, Corbis Images, The Click,Icone Films ( Animal Planet Channel), Wostok Press,Bangla Rights etc.
He is the recipient of several awards in a number of photography competitions such as Asahi Shimbun,Young Portfolio Japan K*MoPA,, Nikon Photo Contest and India Print Circuit IIPC, National and Club Level Photography Contest.
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