Sunday, February 1, 2009
Indigenous people in Rajshahi seek constitutional provision
Indigenous children and leaders at a discussion here yesterday demanded constitutional provisions for their primary education in mother tongue.
At the discussion styled 'We Want to Study in Mother Tongue' organised by Jatiya Adibashi Parishad (JAP) at Rajshahi Shilpakala Academy auditorium, they demanded nationalisation of existing two indigenous schools in Rajshahi and establishing at least one school at every village in the region.
Learning without mother tongue is a major obstacle to primary education for ethnic students, said Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, who attended the discussion as chief guest.
He said he would place the demands before the prime minister.
Inaugurating the discussion, eminent littérateur Hasan Azizul Haque said government institutions as well as NGOs must come forward to ensuring education for the ethnic minorities.
The goal of education for all cannot be achieved without giving priority for indigenous children's primary education, he said.
“Nationalisation of two indigenous schools in Rajshahi, one at Borshapara and another at Sundorpur in Godagari upazila, can help ensure primary education for the region's indigenous children,” JAP General Secretary Rabindranath Saren said.
Rokeya Kabir, local convenor of My Rights Campaign, Saimum Parvez, communications officer of My Rights Campaign, Communist Party of Bangladesh Rajshahi unit President Abul Kalam Azad, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Rajshahi city unit Secretary Abdullah Al Shibli, Mohila Parishad Secretary Kolpona Roy, NGO activist Afzal Hossain, among others, spoke at the discussion.
Over a hundred indigenous children and students of colleges and universities attended the discussion chaired by JAP President Anil Marandi