RANGPUR : Continuation with further extension of the non-formal education (NFE) programme can develop the socially backward and unprivileged people to turn them into able and worthy human resources for accelerating uplift. The observations came on Sunday at a workshop styled ‘Progress of the Sustainable NFE Pilot Project, Sharing of Learning and Fixing Future Action Plans’ arranged by district administration in the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner here, rpeorts BSS.
District Non Formal Education Bureau under the government’s NFE Programme, UNESCO, Dhaka and RDRS, Bangladesh extended cooperation in arranging the workshop for building knowledge-, skill- and ICT-based developed society. Government officials, Union Chairmen and Secretaries, City Councilors, entrepreneurs of Union Digital Centres (UDC), Facilitators of Community Learning Centres (CLC) and Non-formal Education Resource Centres (NRC), Members of District NFE Resource Team, NGO executives and journalists took part in it. Deputy Commissioner Md. Rahat Anwar attended the workshop as chief guest with Additional District Magistrate, also in-charge of ADC (Education & ICT), Priyosindhu Talukder in the chair. Assistant Director of District NFE Bureau Moshfikur Rahman, Chairman of Chandanpat union Aminur Rahman, Member of the District NFE Resource Team Shamima Begum and Panel Chairman of Shaheedbag union Abdur Rashid Akand presented separate presentations narrating the progress and experience.
Senior District Information Officer Humayun Kabir, Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Development Dilgeer Alam, City Councilor Hasna Hena, Senior Reporter of BSS Mamun Islam, Chairman of Tepamadhupur union Alim Uddin, Official of World Vision, Bangladesh, Jamal Uddin, youth leader Taufikur Rahman and Secretary of Shaheedbag union Akram Hossain addressed, among others.
Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha moderated the open discussion. Senior Programme Manager (Communications) of RDRS Bangladesh Ashafa Salim moderated different sessions of the workshop coordinated by its Project Coordinator (Sustainable NFE) Rahamat Ali.
The speakers lauded the role of RDRS, Bangladesh for successful implementation of the Sustainable NFE Pilot Project since January 2013 in Kawnia and Sadar upazilas in Rangpur. They called for coordinated efforts of the public representatives, local government bodies and development organisations for further strengthening of the NFE programme to turn all of the illiterate rural population into worthy human resources.
The UDCs, CLCs and NRCs have been successfully providing literacy knowledge and creating awareness among the illiterate people to develop their skills, flourish creativity through providing NFE and information using digitised technologies, they said.
The chief guest put emphasis on sharing experience of the NFE programme to attain sustainable learning environment for rural non-literates, semi-literates and literates those who have little opportunity to learn through formal educational institutions.