Speakers stress ECD to build future generation

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is essential to build future generation. Bangladesh stands the threshold of population dividend since 48 percent of its total population falls within the age-bracket of 0-18 years. We must take extensive care to transform the population to a work force and take challenges of the 21st century.

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki, MP said this while addressing as Chief Guest at a National Dissemination Seminar titling “Integrated Early Childhood Development” organised by Dhaka Ahsania Mission at capitals LGED-RDEC Auditorium on Wednesday.

She informed, the government has achieved MDG goal in Primary Education. Youth club is being established at every union of a selected district of a Division to help support the development of the children.

She also said, it is not possible to accomplish this extensive work for the development of the children. This is why government and non-government organisations should have to work in collaboration.

ECD Advisor of Aga Khan Foundation-Bangladesh Dr. Golam Mostafa, Executive Director of ICHD Mahmuda Akhter and Advisor of Quality Primary Education Program of Plan International Bangladesh Md. Iqbal Hossain were present as panel discussants.

DAM Executive Director Dr. M. Ehsanur Rahman delivered the welcome address. Assistant Prof. of Daffodil University Sheikh Shafiul Islam presented the key-note paper.

While delivering the presidential address Kazi Rafiqul Alam said, by the Integrated effort with government there will be ECE centre in every area of the countries. He referred to the establishment of abandoned children and destitute women centre in Mirpur and Ahsania Mission Children City in Panchagarh and called upon all sections of society to come forward with their helping hands. Representatives from different government and non-government organisation participated in the seminar.