Childhood development needed before formal education

DHAKA, Jan 3, 2017 (BSS) - Before entering into formal education, child's concentration is needed to be nurtured towards study and school.

To this end, one-year-long pre-primary education system has been introduced in the country, which is also emphasized to take care of child's latent talent, develop relation build up ability as well as give lesson about discipline.

Any child would be admitted at the school after completing the age of five years. In the school, child is given lesson with different education materials, picture book, song, toys etc.

Now, the country has 22,833 government primary schools while 7506 registered primary schools and 869 community primary schools. Meanwhile, training has been provided to a teacher of 9200 government primary schools each for pre-primary education. In addition, more posts of teacher are being created as part of expansion of the programme.

The government is working to make the "digital Bangladesh" campaign successful and already announced "Vision-2021" to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country.

To attain the goal, people of all strata have to play active role. And country's education system has concentrated to develop skilled human resources.

Earlier, children of poor families in rural areas were used to lag behind or drop out for not getting book in the beginning of year. But, the present government after assuming in power has moved to distribute books free of cost among the students of primary and secondary levels that has reduced the drop out number significantly.

Now, Book Festival is being celebrated across the country on January 1 and the children are become joyous getting book in the very first day of year.

Bangladesh has attained the target of parity of boys and girls in primary and secondary levels set by the millennium development goals (MDGs) and still it is being maintained.

Now, the higher education among the female student is being increased gradually while cent percent enrollment of children in school has been ensured in 2016.

Besides, drop out number in primary education has been reduced to 21 percent from 48 percent. The achievement of MDGs in this indication has been lauded internationally.

Like the last seven years, the government observed "Textbook Festival Day" in January 1.

The first day of 2017, children dressed up and rushed to their schools braving the morning chill to receive New Year gifts.

With a new set of textbooks in hand, they cheered at primary and secondary schools across the country after the education ministry distributed them for free marking the start of a new academic year.

Elated, some held those up in the air, some began flipping through the pages. The refreshing smell of new books hung in the air of the premises.

There was, however, a unique move this time to distribute more than 77,000 copies of pre-primary textbooks, written in five ethnic languages, to children from the ethnic minorities.

Besides, around 9,000 braille books were distributed to visually impaired students.

Receiving free books, Ashik Ahmed, a class-V student of a government primary school in city said, "We got gifts from our parents on New Year's occasion. But getting the books on the very first day at school is the best gift.

This year, 36.21 crore copies of textbooks will be given to 4.26 crore students of pre-primary, primary, secondary and technical education schools and ebtedai and dakhil madrasas, according to a government estimate.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)