No alternative to reading books for knowledge: Nahid
Published: 08:38 PM, 23 April 2018
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid speaking as the chief guest at a program arranged by BSK at its auditorium; Pic: PID
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said on Monday that there is no alternative to reading books for knowledge as the attitude would have a way to prepare an enlightened new generation.
He came up with the information while speaking as the chief guest at a program arranged by Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK) at its auditorium marking the World Book and Copyright Day.
The minister said 83 lakh students from 12,117 educational institutions got the chance of reading books from 2010 till 2017 under the Secondary Education Quality and Access Enhancement Project (SEQAEP).
Nahid also said that his ministry in association with the BSK has implemented the SEQAEP project in 250 upazilas under which some 35.67 lakh books were provided to schools and madrasahs.
Claiming that the country’s education sector is going through a revolutionary change over the last few years, Nahid said, “Now, 54 percent of schools have library rooms.”
He also stressed the importance of having good and creative books to build good human beings.
Presiding over the program, BSK founder Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed said though the tenure of the government-funded SEQAEP project ended in December last, the BSK continues the project at its own initiative.
In 2018, over 20 lakh students joined programs to develop a book-reading habit, he said, adding that the BSK has been working for the last 40 years for creating readership among students.
Prof Aby Sayeed said the habit of book reading has the ability to prevent mental degradation among the young generation.
Secondary and Higher Education Division Secretary Md Sohrab Hossain, Directorate General of Bangla Academy Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education Prof Md Mahabubur Rahman, Secretary of Unesco National Commission of Bangladesh Md Manjur Hossain were present at the program as special guests.
The speakers underscored the need for ensuring good books and developing book-reading habit to build a civilised and cultured society as well as for people’s mental development.
They also pointed out various challenges about the copyright, saying time has come to think of a solution as there are contradictions between open access to books and copyright in the age of e-library.
Media personality Abdur Nur Tushar, children litterateur Ali Imam, writer Anisul Hoque, `Bangladesh Gyan O Srijonshil Prokashok Shomiti` Director Farid Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.
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