In order to transform Bangladesh into a developed country as per its Vision 2041, the government needs to create an effective domestic education agenda to create a globally competent citizenry, speakers said in the Forum on International Education for Global Citizens.
While the country has been pursuing the vision in the aim of transforming itself into a developed economy with sustainable economic growth and consistent improvement of human and social development indicators by the year 2041, the new generation will need to compete with their peers around the world, the speakers at the forum said on Friday.
With a view to incorporate values of internationalism in the domestic education system of Bangladesh, the programme was organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
Speakers said in order to turn the aspiration into reality, our students have to develop creativity and non-routine skills along with essential education.
“Students have to be capable of addressing the emerging challenges like climate change, migration, financial crisis and traditional and non-traditional security that cut across the borders on the one hand while they need to develop communicative skills and collaborative approach to discuss those challenges in the global platforms,” said Munir M Merali, AKDN’s resident representative to Bangladesh.
“At present, there is no effective mechanism to create coherence between the core international curricula and domestic education agenda while establishing a useful link between international and national education system may create good opportunities for students to learn from different worldwide experience to foster their global citizenship skills,” Munir added.
The participants and discussants in the forum shared knowledge and exchanged ideas to develop an understanding on how international education can contribute as an effective tool for creating global citizens for Bangladesh for the 21st century, how coherence could be established between the core international curricula and domestic curricula to achieve a standardized comprehensive education system that promotes internationalism, and how to build a multi-country networks to engage peers from different countries to promote global partnership for achieving sustainable development by influencing international values and polices.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Md Shahidul Haque who attended the programme as the chief guest said: “The country’s current job-oriented education system is redundant and it has no future. The domestic education system from primary level to higher education should go through necessary changes.”
“Education is not only for securing jobs. It should make students good human being while the pattern of education needs to be global in a bid to help them thinking critically, adopting and honing innovative skills,” he added.
Primary and Mass Education Secretary Mohammad Asif-Uz-Zaman said that though the country has some limitations, it had made significant progress in education sector over last couple of years.
“The government has initiated training for teachers and more students have been brought under social security activities while further initiatives will be taken to bring quality change in primary education standard,” he said.
At the forum Janet Jamieson, former research chair of Health and Community Services at Red River College in Canada, presented a documentary titled “Early Human Development: A Critical Investment” while Aga Khan Academy’s Global Manager for Professional Development Jonathon Marsh made his presentation titled “Benefitting from Public-Private Partnership in Education.”
When asked, AKDN’s Munir told the Dhaka Tribune: “Aga Khan Foundation has been intensively working on global education, culture and finance over many decades and in this forum; we have shared our knowledge and ideas to adjust national curricula of Bangladesh in the line with international curricula.”