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Educating children always pays off

  • Published at 12:00 am December 26th, 2019
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Despite our progress in meeting the SDGs, we have lagged behind when it comes to education

There is little doubt that, for any developing nation to turn the corner in its journey to prosperity, providing quality education to all its youngest citizens will be among the most important steps any government can take.

To that end, it is extremely encouraging to hear that the government will build and renovate schools with modern amenities in the capital and underdeveloped haor areas over the next four years.

The overall initiative, which is set to cost upward of Tk2,000cr, involves developing child-friendly campuses in the Dhaka metropolis and Purbachal along with building 52 hostels for both male and female students of 31 schools located in remote haor areas of Sunamganj and Netrakona districts.

What is most encouraging about this is the fact that the government is thinking about educating people in underdeveloped parts of the country, and there is hope that this can serve as a blueprint for further projects to educate the people of the country.

Despite our impressive economic growth and strides made in multiple sectors, it is extremely important to build towards a robust education system, one that would serve as a foundation for the future generation to scale even greater heights.

As such, the fact that -- despite our progress in meeting the SDGs -- we have lagged behind when it comes to education, particularly adult education, is a worrying sign.

While initiatives to build schools and educate our children will remain of paramount importance, it is only when Bangladesh will prioritize education for all its citizens, young and old, will we find our way and realize our true potential as a nation.