They mentioned that hundred percent school enrolment, quality teaching and stopping dropout can be the vital means of attaining the cherished goal of flourishing latent talents of slum children.
They came up with the observation while addressing a dialogue and view- sharing meeting styled “Slum Children Education and Rights” at Coffey Bar in the city on Thursday.
Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) and Barind Education Cultural Diversity Protection Centre (BECDPC) jointly organized the program.
District Children Affairs Officer Monzur Kader, Women Affairs Officer Shirin Akter, Social Service Officer Md Ashiquzzaman, general secretary of Rajshahi Press Club Aslam-Ud-Dowla, chairman of Save the Nature and Life Mijanur Rahman and president of BECDPC Zawad Ahmed Rafi addressed the meeting as resource persons.
BARCIK Regional Coordinator Shahidul Islam moderated the discussion.
The discussants unanimously said concerted efforts of all government and non-government entities concerned have become an urgent need for ensuring quality education to the slum and all other underprivileged children.
Leaders and executives of more than seven youth organizations, who are conducting schools for the slum children voluntarily, shared their experience in the meeting.
They also depicted their problems relating to operating the schools and sought the cooperation of the government agencies concerned to solve the problems so that they can run the schools effectively and meaningfully.
Besides, they urged the government and the affluent people in society to come forward for the welfare of underprivileged children.