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Tuesday April 24, 2018 01:01 PM

Textbooks for Chakma, Marma and Tripura children in their languages

  • Chakma and Tripura children flaunt their brand-new textbooks in their mother language | Photo by Dhaka Tribune

  • Inside a Marma-language textbook | Photo by Dhaka Tribune

  • Inside a Tripura-language textbook | Photo by Dhaka Tribune

  • The first batch of textbooks cater to the Chakma, Marma, and Tripura communities | Photo by Dhaka Tribune

  • Children flaunt their brand-new textbooks in their mother languages | Photo by Dhaka Tribune

As pledged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a quarter million students will receive textbooks in their mother languages for the second year in a row

The nationwide distribution of government-issued textbooks for 2018 started on the first day of the New Year. Children from the Chakma, Marma, and Tripura ethnic groups in Rangamati received textbooks in their mother languages for the second year in a row.

As pledged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 25,000 pre-primary and first grade students in the Chittagong Hill Tracts received textbooks printed in their languages on the first day of 2018. The highly acclaimed initiative was first introduced in 2017.

Rangamati Government Girls’ High School and Rangamati Bonorupa Government Primary School were the first venues to commence the distribution of the free textbooks. Rangamati Hill District Council Chairman Brisha Ketu Chakma inaugurated the distribution on Monday morning.

Public representatives and education officers in Rangamati distribute free textbooks in languages among the Chakma, Marma, and Tripura students in Rangamati on January 1, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Brisha Ketu said providing textbooks to hill children in their mother languages was an excellent move by the government which is going to encourage education among children of the hill tribes and serves to renew the commitment to developing these groups who say they are indigenous.

Students who received these special textbooks were delighted by the sight of their alphabets in official text printed exclusively for them.

According to Rangamati Primary Education Officer Rowshan Ali, the government will distribute 250,000 primary and secondary level textbooks in ethnic languages in Rangamati this year.

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