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5 schools of Abinta Kabir Foundation shut for 16 months

  • Published at 07:29 pm July 1st, 2019
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Abinta Kabir Foundation was established in memory of Abinta Kabir, who was among the victims of militant attack at Holey Artisan Bakery and Café in the capital's Gulshan area three years back

The activities of five schools established by the Abinta Kabir Foundation in Natore have remained closed for nearly one year and a half, driving students, and their guardians to despair. 

Palli Kallyan Shikkha Society (PKSS), a non-government organisation, which was tasked to implement the projects, said 60% of the 150 students of the schools dropped out as they could not afford the expenses of education. 

Forty per cent of the students enrolled themselves in other schools in the locality, it said.

Abinta Kabir Foundation was established in memory of Abinta Kabir, who was among the victims of militant attack at Holey Artisan Bakery and Café in the capital's Gulshan area three years back. 

The foundation set up two schools in Dhaka, and five in Natore as part of its initiative to spread education in the country.

The PKSS launched the educational institutions for up to class five, through the financing of Abinta Kabir Foundation, at 5 places of Singra upazila since January 1, 2017. Children of low-income families were enrolled there, and the schools were in operation till February 28, 2018.

The executive director of PKSS, Daisy Ahmed, said they stopped activities of the institutions as the foundation authorities were unwilling to continue the projects after only one year of initiation. 

When asked, gallery curator of the foundation, Sultan Mohammad Mainuddin, blamed the PKSS because they could not uphold the terms of agreements between the two sides.

Mosammat Anwara, a guardian, said her daughter was yet to be admitted to another school as their family could hardly afford to bear the expenses.

Bilkis Begum, mother of another student, expressed her apprehension about whether or not her daughter could finish her studies, at least up to class five, as Abinta Kabir Foundation provided all necessary equipment related to study.