DAM Education Programmes Celebrate International Literacy Day 2017

Over the past several decades, global literacy rates have significantly increased. The main reasons for such an upward trend stem from the evolution of the educational systems of many developing countries, and an increased acknowledgement of the importance of education to these societies in their respective entireties. Still, many nations are struggling with the provision of educational resources to better their populaces, building the necessary infrastructure it requires and ensuring regular enrollment of students within their schools.

International Literacy Day celebration takes place in Bangladesh on a specific theme since 2006 following internationally given theme in order to make it effective and resolve the problems related to the illiteracy in many countries all over the world. The theme of the Day this year was: ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.

In order to successfully observe the International Literacy Day 2017 at various places; an effective communication with different projects as well as stakeholders was made by Education programs of DAM through providing time to time different types of letters, posters, guidelines, materials, etc. As a result, Education projects of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) celebrated the day in a befitting manner on Friday, 8 September 2017 at various places of the country including Dhaka on the basis of theme of the day in Bangladesh “Achieve Literacy, Build Digital World” jointly collaborated with BNFE, District and Upazila Administrations, Govt. Officials, College, High Schools, Primary Schools, SMC Members, Teachers, Learners, NGO Representatives and journalists. Key objectives of the programme were:

  • To reflect on what it means to be literate in increasingly digitally-mediated societies;
  • To explore effective policies and programmes for literacy skills development in a digital world; and
  • To explore how digital technologies can support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 4, especially Target 4.6 on youth and adult literacy.

As a part of the celebration, in Dhaka, the day has been observed at Paris Road, Mirpur jointly collaborated with various projects of DAM namely EduEmp, UCLC, UNIQUE-II and Second Chance Education (SCE) in Mirpur and Mohammadpur working areas. The Students, Parents, CMC Members and other Officials of Urban Community Learning Centres of DAM participated in the programme and the day followed by Rally, a Human Chain, Discussion and Signature campaign programmes.  The community members and the learners have taken oath to help access of the illiterates in their community in the literacy programme. In the discussion meeting, some discussants appreciated the initiatives of Five Steps Principle Model of DAM. They mentioned, it can have a sustainable impact on children’s literacy skills and this effort of DAM has been amazingly successful.The discussants emphasized oncreating and grab new opportunities to lifelong learning for allthat needs collectiveefforts. Partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector are essential today to promote literacy in a digital world which requiresadvancing the global agenda and supporting national literacy initiatives.

On this occasion of International Literacy Day 2017, a write-up titled “Effective use of mobile phone can be created a silent revolution”written by Mr. Md. Shahidul Islam, Team Leader Education Sector, DAM and Mr. Sk. Shafiqur Rahman, Coordinator (MIS and Documentation),DAM-CLC Project has published in the “Angiker”,a yearly magazine published by the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Bangladesh.

Besides, UNIQUE-II project of DAM observed the day with befittingmanner in 180

Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) of 43 areas under 6 zones. Eminent persons of district level have given their speeches in the gathering highlighting the issues and importance of ILD. A Rally, Discussion, Handwriting Competition, Arts competition, Reciting Poetry, Patriotic Music, Sports Competitions, Storytelling, Acting, Dancing and Prize giving ceremony were held to mark the occasion.

In DAM-CLC project Lohagora of Chittagong, a colourful processionparticipated by CLC students, Teachers, Officials, Development Activist of various NGOs including DAM and people of various professions was brought out in the morning which paraded the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar main streets of the town and carried colourful festoons and placards with them. The procession was followed by a discussion on “Achieve Literacy, Build Digital World” held in the Upazila conference room. Upazila Education Officer chaired the meeting while UNO of Lohagora was present as chief guest.

Rally and a discussion session were held in Nilphamari and Jaldhaka at Zila Parishad Auditorium and Jaldhaka Upazila Parishad Hall Room, organized by QIESD & DMIE project of DAM along with District Administration and Plan International Bangladesh.The meeting was Chaired by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Nilphamary where Upazila Nirbahi Officer, DPEO, UEO, AUEOs, Other Govt. Officers, Local leaders, College, High School and Primary School Teachers and Learners, NGO Representatives and Journalist were present.

In these events, more than forty thousand people where approximately 37% Male and 63% Female were participated and raised their voice urged upon all concerned to explore effective policies and programmes for digitally emphasized literacy skills development to be competent in a digital world; and explore how digital technologies can support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 4, especially Target 4.6 on youth and adult literacy.