Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

The progress dissemination program of KAAP-UUP, a project initiated by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), took place to ensure quality education for underprivileged children residing in urban areas and inform stakeholders about the project’s advancements. The program consisted of a discussion meeting held on Wednesday, 31 May 2023 at the conference room of DAM Head Office. Professor Dr. Kazi Shariful Alam, the Vice President of DAM, presided over the meeting, while Muhammad Nuruzzaman Sharif, NDC, the Director (Joint Secretary) of the Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE), Administration, Finance, and Implementation, attended as the chief guest. Special guests included Eng. AFM Golam Sharfuddin, the General Secretary of DAM, and Sajedul Qayyum Dulal, the Executive Director.

Md Moniruzzaman, the Joint Director of the Education and TVET Sector of DAM, delivered a welcoming speech highlighting the event’s significance and providing an overview of the project. Sheikh Shafiqur Rahman, the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, gave a presentation on the project’s progress. Following the presentation, participants engaged in an open discussion. Teachers from various educational institutions, NGO representatives, education activists, and parents shared their perspectives and suggestions to enhance project management effectiveness.

During the special guest speeches, the Executive Director of DAM expressed satisfaction with the standard of teaching and learning activities conducted by the KAAP-UUP project in all educational centers. He emphasized the importance of ensuring students’ completion of lessons within the classrooms and praised the effective work of the monitoring and supervision team.

The chief guest, Muhammad Nuruzzaman Sharif, expressed the desire to provide education to all underprivileged children, emphasizing DAM’s unique role in offering quality non-formal education to slum-dwelling children. He identified poverty and financial instability as the primary reasons for dropout rates and urged government and private organizations to collaborate through integrated programs aimed at eradicating poverty. He also suggested exploring the possibility of incorporating technical education alongside general education from the sixth grade, with a focus on developing the slum-dwelling students as valuable human resources

Prof. Dr. Kazi Shariful Alam highlighted the importance of clarity and accountability in project implementation. He emphasized DAM’s commitment to accountability across all its projects.

The meeting was attended by various stakeholders, including the Basic Education Coordinator, Training Coordinator, Field Manager, Technical Officers, officials from different levels of administration, representatives from political and civil society, representatives from various professional societies, and journalists from print and electronic media. The event concluded with a captivating cultural performance dedicated to the underprivileged children.

It is worth noting that the KAAP-UUP project, implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission, aims to provide educational services to 29,250 underprivileged children in the Mirpur, Mohammadpur of Dhaka and Saidpur slum areas over a period of five years.