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Saber: Govt will follow Japanese model to get rid of waste at educational institutions

  • Trees to be planted at schools, says Saber
  • Narayanganj, Gazipur to be prioritized in eliminating waste and pollution
Update : 28 Jan 2024, 10:45 PM

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury has said a Japanese model will be followed to eliminate waste including single-use plastics in educational institutions.

"The country's schools will be clean and green by improving waste management using the Japanese Dream Education model. A large number of trees will be planted at the schools," he said.

The environment minister made the remarks after a bilateral meeting with a delegation led by the secretary general of School Aid Japan, Bangladesh, Katsushi Furusawa, at the Secretariat on Sunday.

Katsushi Furusawa said: "I want to set an example by creating an exemplary model in creating awareness about environmental conservation and cleanliness in schools."

"We want to implement the SDGs club program in 100 educational institutions, which will lead to the creation of an environment-friendly nation. We want to spread the model of waste management in educational institutions all over Bangladesh and want to contribute significantly to the expansion of environmental education," Katsushi Furusawa added.

Earlier, at a meeting with Narayanganj Mayor Dr Selina Hayat Ivy, the environment minister said big cities like Narayanganj and Gazipur will be prioritized to eliminate waste and pollution.

Later, the minister held a meeting with a delegation led by Professor John Rowan of Dundee University.

During the meeting, he emphasized working in partnership with Scotland on climate issues, especially loss and damage.

In another meeting with UNUMEN's delegation, Saber Hossain said the Bangladesh government is working on women's empowerment and it is preparing a gender budget.

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