Academics, researchers and senior officials at a seminar called on the government to take effective steps to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
They made the call at a seminar on ‘ways to achieving SDG educational targets 4.3, 4.4, 4.7 in Bangladesh,’ organised by International University of Business Agriculture and Technology on its campus in Dhaka on Thursday, according to a press release issued on Friday.
Speaking as chief guest, principal coordinator of SDGs at the Prime Ministers’ Office Abul Kalam Azad said that the Bangladesh government was determined to set an example in achieving the SDG targets.
Azad demonstrated the plan of the government to achieve the SDG targets within 2030.
The seminar was organised by the IUBAT Institute of SDG Studies and the Knowledge-Based Area Development unit of the university.
42 college principals were introduced with the SDGs at the programme. Many representatives of private universities and NGOs also participated in the seminar.
IUBAT professor Mohammed Ataur Rahman, also director of IISS and KBAD in his keynote speech highlighted the vision of Professor Alimullah Miyan that was to establish an education bank to finance higher study for ESD skilled human resource development.
He said that Professor Miyan postulated KBAD with the view to providing financial support to all meritorious but needy students with a target for creating at least one professional graduate from each village of Bangladesh by 2030 to make Bangladesh as a prosperous country.
He mentioned that IUBAT had provided Tk 16.5 crore scholarships and disbursed Tk 2.0 crore interest-free loans among students in 2018.
Sun Lei, educational programme specialist of UNESCO, discussed Global Citizenship Education of SDG 4.7.
Among the special guests ERD additional secretary Sultana Afroz praised the initiative of IUBAT and deeply expressed to work with IUBAT.
Education ministry additional secretary Abdullah al Hasan Chowdhury, IUBAT vice-chancellor Abdur Rab, pro-vice-chancellor Hamida Akhter Begum, professor KMS Aziz and Ferdous Ahmed also addressed the programme.
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