Educational institutions across Bangladesh have held rallies and events voicing their rejection of terrorism, sympathy for the victims and taking a stance for love and compassion.
Students, teachers and employees from universities, schools and colleges around the nation took to the streets yesterday with banners and festoons, formed human chains and rallies under the banner “Bangladesh against terrorism” yesterday.
These protests come one month after the Gulshan terrorist attack that claimed 24 lives, where the attackers were later revelead to be school and university students.
“No terrorism, we want peace!” read a poster held up by students of Siddheswari College, who lined up on one side of Bailey Road in front of their campus, holding hands.
“Our power against terrorism is our youth,” said a banner held by students in front of Rokeya Hall in Dhaka University.
At the Central Shaheed Minar, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said cultural practices should be increased in all education institutions of our country in a bid to eradicate the ideology of militancy.
The minister also urged the education institutions to emphasise more on Bangladesh’s culture, heritage and history.
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Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College form a human chain in Dhaka's Bailey Road[/caption]
Dhaka university Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique said Dhaka University would play a pivotal role in countering terrorism and militant activities in Bangladesh.
Sheikh Kabir Hossain, chairman of Fareast International University and president of the Private University Association of Bangladesh (PUAB), said all private universities will take necessary steps to prevent terrorism.
“Students, teachers and parents will be brought together to fight against militancy in the country,” he added.
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Students of Engineering University School in BUET stand on the road protesting terrorism[/caption]
East West University trustee board Chairman Dr Mohammed Farashuddin said a handful of young persons had become misguided, but in Bangladesh there was no trend of militancy.
He said East West was committed to cracking down on anyone misguiding students at their university.
On Dhaka's Shatmasjid Road, students of private universities showed their unity by forming a long human chain and rally and holding placards and banners with anti-militant and patriotic slogans.
"The presence of all students of university is to show support for the families of the victims and it is a message that education institutions are against terrorism,” said a student of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).
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Students of Dhaka University's different departments demonstrate in front of TSC in the campus[/caption]
Students of other private universities demonstrated in their respective campuses carrying banners with anti-terrorism and patriotic slogans to show unity in the fight against militancy.
Students said they were concerned that the nation was facing problems in the recent times with extremist violence, often linked to students of private universities.
The students called for peace, tolerance and diversity in the country.
“All we need to do is to be aware about the militants and stand against violence,” said one demonstrator at Brac University.