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PM: Children being groomed to stay ahead in the world

  • Published at 01:42 pm July 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:44 am July 9th, 2018
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, centre, poses for a photo op with the winners of Creative Merit Search 2018 competition at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka on Sunday, July 8, 2018 Focus Bangla

She said it at an award ceremony for the winners of the countrywide creative merit search 2018 competition, at the International Conference Centre of the Prime Minister's Office, on Sunday.

The government is taking numerous steps to groom the children of the country so they can stay ahead in the world, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

“I think our children are the most brilliant and meritorious in the world... We are taking the steps necessary to keep them ahead in the world,” she said on Sunday at an award ceremony for the winners of the countrywide “Innovative Talent Hunt 2018” competition, held at the International Conference Centre of the Prime Minister's Office.

The prime minister further said Bangladesh had to keep pace with the fast-changing world. “We want to raise our children in such a way so they can do this.”

To this end, the government is taking measures to provide education on new subjects that are being taught at major universities and schools across the world, the prime minister added.

“We are prioritizing new subjects, and we are taking all sorts of steps, including providing training to teachers. We are not leaving any stone unturned,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government wants to create its own skilled manpower such as efficient researchers, scientists and technologists to lead the country towards prosperity.  

Referring to the launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite, she said it would create opportunities to expand network throughout the country and thereby contribute to education, healthcare and other service sectors.  

The prime minister expressed optimism that grooming children to become efficient, skilled and tech-savvy would be possible if necessary opportunities were ensured for them. 

She said there is no alternative to exploration of innovative talents to free the country from poverty and hunger and turn it into a prosperous country, and today's students would be able to establish the “Golden Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

 Hasina said the father of the nation had undertaken various time-befitting steps to provide education across the country, recognizing education as a fundamental right, and rebuilt war-ravaged educational institutions to this end.

Following Bangabandhu's footprint, her government also put the highest importance to education as it is not possible to establish a poverty- and hunger-free country without education, she said.  

Sheikh Hasina said the government established specialized universities in the country to create a generation of citizens with different skill sets.  

Congratulating the award recipients, the premier advised them to be attentive in studies, saying they would have to contribute to the development of the country.  

On behalf of the award recipients, two students also spoke at the function sharing their feelings. 

Earlier, the prime minister handed over awards among the award recipients at national and divisional levels.

  Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and State Minister for Technical and Madrasha Education Division Kazi Keramat Ali also spoke at the program.