The story of Nobel laureate professor Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh is now part of the national curriculum for the Grade Seven students of Canada,’ said a press release of Yunus Centre in Dhaka on Thursday.
‘Complete Canadian Curriculum Grade 7’ is a textbook for the grade VII students in Canada in which they learn mathematics, English, history, science and geography.
The story of professor Yunus and Grameen Bank has been featured in the English text book, said the press release.
The story highlights how professor Yunus went to a poor village in Bangladesh to find a woman, who used to make bamboo stools but was still struggling financially due to the high cost of the bamboo and the high interest being charged by the village money-lenders.
It was then Yunus lent the woman US $27 from his own pocket to her and others like her to start their own business to get out of the vicious cycle of poverty, according to the release.
The main learning of the story is to teach the kids how the concept of micro-credit came into being and how it has affected the lives of many people,’ said the release.
The work that Grameen Bank has put in continuously to act on this concept to bring the society out of poverty and build an economically strong nation, it added.
Similar stories and articles have also been included in the high school text books of India, US and Japan from which the younger generation can get to know about microcredit and social business, and how they can be helpful in the development of a country, according to Yunus Centre.
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