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PM to schoolchildren: Grow up as worthy citizens

Children will be the main strength of Smart Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says

Update : 21 Mar 2023, 08:30 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked primary-school students to make themselves worthy citizens of Bangladesh by paying attention to study, sports and cultural activities. 

“Sports are like physical exercise. Sports bring mental strength and make minds more liberal. Alongside sports, you will have to pay attention to studying as well. You will have to prepare yourselves as worthy citizens of an independent country,” she said.  

The premier was addressing the prize-distribution ceremony of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament 2022 and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament 2022 at the Army Stadium in the capital.

She hoped that the children of Bangladesh will display excellent performance in every sector including study, sports and cultural practices. She also hoped they will bring dignity to the country, by joining international competitions.

“Today we have built the country as Digital Bangladesh. But we will build the country as Smart Bangladesh in the future. You will be the main strength of Smart Bangladesh,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina asked children to maintain a disciplined life always, obey their guardians, teachers and parents, maintain good terms with their peers, and behave well with persons with disabilities.

“You all will have to prepare yourselves with human qualities,” she said.

The premier stressed the need for larger sports competitions like inter-school, inter-upazila and inter-district, inter-college, and inter-university competitions in the country.

She at the same time put emphasis on cultural practices, reading storybooks, history, science and technology books alongside textbooks.

“You will have to prepare yourselves as a whole. Keep in mind from now on that you will be the most qualified and will build yourselves as the worthiest citizens,” she said.   

Earlier, the premier enjoyed the second half of the grand final held between Nalma Government Primary School (Ghatail, Tangail) and Bancharampur Model Government Primary School (Brahmanbaria).

Bancharampur Model Government Primary School clinched the title of Bangamata Gold Cup 2022 defeating Nalma Government Primary School in the grand final.

Purba Panchapukur Primary Government School (Nilphamari Sadar) of Rangpur Division won the title of Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2022 beating Binodpur Collegepara Govt Primary School (Rajbari Sadar) of Dhaka Division in the final match.

A total of 1,113,993 boys from 65,529 schools and 1,113,976 girls from 65,528 schools participated in the countrywide tournaments, arranged by the Primary and Mass Education Ministry.

The prime minister distributed prizes and medals among the members of the champion and runner-up teams of the two tournaments.

In the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Tournament, the highest scorer (four goals) Jahim, and the best player, Monirul Islam, both from Purba Panchapukur Primary School, received the golden boot and the golden ball along with prize money, respectively, from the premier.

In the Bangamata Gold Cup Tournament, the highest scorer Nur Nahar Akter of Bancharampur Model Primary School and Rumi of Nalma Primary School received the golden boot and the golden ball along with prize money, respectively, from Sheikh Hasina.

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen and Primary and Mass Education Secretary Farid Ahmed spoke at the function.

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