Nodi Sannashi, Rabeya Khatun dreaming to be doctor

DHAKA, Dec 30, 2016 (BSS) - Nodi Sannashi and Rabeya Khatun, the two teenage village girls deprived of civic amenities, are now dreaming to be a medical doctor in future by removing the clouds of depression and deprivation from their minds.

Thanks to the government for implementing many school-level programmes that helped students especially the girls for dreaming to stand their own feet and preventing school dropout to a large scale.

When asked, the two young girls replied with confidence that they want to be doctors in future so that they can do something for the country and the distressed humanity as well. A sign of hope are also seen in the face of their parents centering their (parents) daughters dream.

Rabeya Akhtar, the four of five children of her poor parents, living in a remote village of Choutail in Dhamrai upazila of Dhaka district. Once she was an irregular student, but since the last two years, she became as a regular student in her school.

Her father Abdur Rahman used to work as a truck driver. So, he could not give education to his first three children due to his awful economic conditions. But once, he determined that whatever the economic condition was he would provide education to his last two children at any cost.

"Why not my children will get education where government is providing money, Tiffin and books for them free of cost," Rahman said. But, taking a long breath, he said he would have been able to give education to his first three sons if these programmes were implemented by the governments before.

He expressed gratitude to the government for introducing the programmes so that girl students could continue their studies.

Shaymol Sonnashi, father of an another cheerful four grader of the same school Nodi Sonnashi, is now happy that his daughter has been able to go to school and continue her studies taking the advantage of the government's school stipend programs.

Carpenter by profession, Shaymol Sannashi said that once he could not think that he would be able to continue her daughter's education due to his sorrowful economic condition.

"Now, the government has removed uncertainty from our mind for

continuing my daughter education by introducing various programmes including stipend for girl students," he added.

Shaymol Sonnashi also sent his two sons to school. "My daughter and sons are going to school regularly and doing well...I am happy with their study...Now I am dreaming that my children would be able to stand in their own feet in future," the apparently happy father said.

Talking to BSS/Unicef feature service, Nigar Sultana, Headmistress of Choutail Govt. Primary School, said that they had to give huge effort to increase enrolment and stop dropout in the school two years back since people of this village are poor and underprivileged.

As a result, the rate of child marriage was high in the village due to lack of education and awareness.

She said that following introduction of stipend in the school from July last year, there was no any dropout there. In favour of her claim, she showed enrolment book of class two where 82 students out of 83 got enrolled. Only one student is taking time to get enrolled due to illness.

"All these successes have been possible due to introduction of different educational progarmes by the government," she added.

The headmistress said the stipend programme, mid-day meal, School Level Implementation Programme etc are very successful programmes of the government that immensely helped prevent school dropout in the country.

When asked, Dhamrai Upazila Primary Education Officer Kazi Rashed Mamun said after introducing of such proggarmmes, they have been able to achieve about 100% success rate to this end.

"We are getting desired results when we are providing cash money instead of wheat to the school going students from 2007 under the stipend programme," he said.

He continued, "The stipend programme began in 1991 when wheat were provided to the students...but, due to managerial problems, we had to shift it to cash money that yielded very positive results". Later, the programme was expanded across the country.

He informed that 163 government primary schools out of 172 in Dhamrai upazila had brought under the stipend programme so far.

However, mid-day meal programme was also introduced in one school in upazila. Fifteen schools in the upazila would be brought under the mid-day meal programme by January, 2017, he added.

Mamun said government has also allocated taka 40,000 to each of the school under the SLIP programme. "Due to these programmes, revolution in education sector has been witnessed during the last few years," he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)