Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:52 am Post subject: Bangladesh Institutional Activities
Diplomatic Correspondent August 2015
The Aga Khan Development Network's (AKDN) on Thursday celebrated the first anniversary of the establishment of its resident representative's office in Bangladesh, said a press release.
AKDN Resident Representative Munir M Merali hosted an Imamat Day reception.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the function at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Bashundhara.
Imamat Day reception marks first anniversary of AKDN representative office in Bangladesh
13 August 2015
Dhaka, 30 July 2015 — Government leaders and members of the diplomatic corps joined Aga Khan Development Network staff and volunteers for an Imamat Day reception at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre.
The event also marked the first anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the AKDN Resident Representative in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
“This reception helps to raise awareness and provide broader exposure of the work of AKDN in Bangladesh, across the region and around the world,” said Munir M. Merali, the AKDN Resident Representative in Bangladesh. It coincided with the Jamat’s celebration on 11 July of the 58th anniversary of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ascension as the Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
Some 200 guests attended the event, which was held in the social hall of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, including the Chief Guest, His Excellency Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology.
Ambassadors, senior government officials, representatives of international donor and developmental agencies, members of civil society, business leaders, AKDN staff, and members of the Ismaili community enjoyed the warm hospitality and welcome provided by the AKDN and local community leaders and volunteers. The Aga Khan Development Network has a historic presence in Bangladesh, having worked for over three decades in early child development, pre-tertiary education and financial services.
Guests learnt about some of the AKDN’s global initiatives — including the Aga Khan Museum and Aga Khan Park in Toronto, and projects of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture — and about the honours that were accorded to Mawlana Hazar Imam during the past year, such as the Council of Europe’s North-South Prize and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest civilian decoration.
The Imamat Day celebrations also marked nearly two years since the AKDN Protocol of Cooperation was established with the government of Bangladesh. Signed in Dhaka by the Foreign Minister, Her Excellency Dr Dipu Moni and Mawlana Hazar Imam in the presence of the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the protocol provides a framework for collaboration in the areas of social, cultural and economic development.
Economic Reporter :Munir M Merali, the Resident Representative of The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) recently visited the first-ever 'Banking Fair Bangladesh 2015' and the Habib Bank Ltd. stall at Bangla Academy in the city. The objective of the Banking Fair was" To build a banking nation" through financial inclusion of unbanked people.HBL Bangladesh showcased their various products and services at the Banking Fair. Merali exchanged his views with Bank's representatives and visitors as well. He highly appreciated Bangladesh Bank's initiative to bring all the banks, financial institutions and service providers under one umbrella to create a banking nation. Habib Yousuf, RGM, HBL Bangladesh and Md. Muniruzzaman Molla, Head - Country Operations was also present on the occasion to receive Merali.The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. The organisations that are part of the AKDN include Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Education Services, and Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. In Bangladesh, AKDN is represented by Munir Merali as the Resident RepresentativeHabib Bank Limited is majority owned by The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). The Government of Pakistan privatized HBL in 2004. AKFED acquired 51 per cent of the Bank's shareholding and the management control. The remaining 41.5 per cent shareholding by the Government of Pakistan was divested in April 2015. AKFED continues to retain 51 per cent shareholding in HBL while the remaining shareholding is held by individuals, local and foreign institutions and funds including CDC Group Plc which holds 5 per cent and International Finance Corporation which holds 3 per cent HBL's first branch in Bangladesh was opened in 1976. The Bank now has 7 branches covering Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
Growing engagement of Aga Khan Institutions in BD lauded
Dhaka- Bangladesh on Thursday appreciated the growing interest and involvement of Aga Khan Institutions in various sectors that are contributing to institutional development of Bangladesh.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam conveyed appreciation to Prince Amyn Aga Khan while attending the opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Office of the Resident Representative in Dhaka.
Shahriar said he looked forward towards strengthened relations between the government and the AKDN, building on involvement of the Aga Khan in Bangladesh since the 60s.
Following the presentation of his credentials to the Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali as Aga Khan’s Personal Representative to the government of Bangladesh, Prince Amyn Aga Khan welcomed the State Minister for Foreign Affairs to the opening ceremony of the AKDN Office of the Resident Representative.
Welcoming Shahriar Alam, Prince Amyn said the opening of the AKDN Office was both historic and symbolic. “It is historic because it reaffirms the Aga Khan’s and the AKDN’s continued commitment towards collaboration with the government of Bangladesh and the diplomatic and donor partners,” he said.
Prince Amyn said it serves as testaments to reaffirming the common, enduring commitment towards the improvement of a better standard of living for all peoples of Bangladesh.
He mentioned that it is symbolic because it demonstrates the AKDN’s long- term commitment towards Bangladesh as an emerging area of promise, potential and opportunity.
While exchanging pleasantries, Shahriar Alam welcomed Prince Amyn Aga Khan to Bangladesh and felicitated him on his appointment.
Among the dignitaries present in the program included the High Commissioners of the UK and Canada, the US, German and French Ambassadors along with other Heads of missions, donor and development organizations, including SIDA, DFID, DFATD, and the UNDP and the ADB.
Prince Amyn travelled to Bangladesh last week, where he presented his credentials to the government as Mawlana Hazar Imam’s personal representative. During the three-day visit, he also toured the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka and met with Jamati and AKDN leaders.
Dhaka, 4 December 2015 — Prince Amyn departed Bangladesh today, following a three-day visit to the country during which he presented his credentials to the Government of Bangladesh as the Personal Representative of Mawlana Hazar Imam. He also toured the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka and met with Jamati and AKDN leaders.
The presentation ceremony took place at a meeting with the Honourable Foreign Minister, His Excellency Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 3 December 2015.
In accepting his credentials, Minister Mahmood Ali welcomed Prince Amyn, and congratulated him on his appointment. The minister expressed his gratitude to Mawlana Hazar Imam for his ongoing support towards the development of Bangladesh.
Prince Amyn thanked the government for its support, adding that the Aga Khan Development Network looks forward to building upon its long and historic presence in Bangladesh. He noted that AKDN has worked for over five decades in a number of sectors integral to Bangladesh’s development, including early childhood development, pre-tertiary education, and financial services. The Network, he said, is also exploring the possibility of expanding its programmatic portfolio into areas such as tourism and the preservation and promotion of culture.
Later that afternoon, in his first official capacity as Personal Representative, Prince Amyn received the His Excellency Mohammed Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and High Representative of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, at the newly-established AKDN Diplomatic Office in Dhaka.
Minister Alam participated in the inaugural reception of the Diplomatic Office, which was attended by a number of ambassadors, development partners and AKDN and Jamati institutional leaders. The minister commented that his government looks forward to further strengthening relations between the government and AKDN. As a symbol of the mutual respect between the government and the Network, Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali hosted a dinner in honour of Prince Amyn.
On Friday, Prince Amyn visited the site of the proposed Aga Khan Academy and adjacent Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Bashundhara, Dhaka, where he was welcomed by the Aga Khan Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Bangladesh. After touring the Jamatkhana and Centre, Prince Amyn met with the Jamati leadership before members of the Jamat bid him farewell.
Prince Amyn and the AKDN delegation then proceeded to the airport, where they were bid farewell by Ismaili Council President Rai Sulaiman Ajanee and AKDN Resident Representative Alijah Munir Merali, as well as other AKDN and Jamati institutional leaders.
'Bangladesh can be a hub of nursing education'
Sheikh Shahariar Zaman -
Bangladesh has immense prospect for health education and it can be a hub of nursing training with proper recruiting policy, faculty and leadership development, said Yasmin Amarsi, professor and founding dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery Aga Khan University East Africa. Amarsi, who visited Dhaka recently, felt that Bangladesh has qualified nurses but with more structured system, it can render better services. Amarsi, who is engaged in this profession for the last four decades, came to Dhaka to assess how Aga Khan Development Network can help Bangladesh in developing nursing profession. - See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/health/2016/jan/23/bangladesh-can-be-hub-nursing-education#sthash.11ue6eZL.dpuf
In an exclusive interview with the Dhaka Tribune, Amarsi said at least 500 nurses in Bangladesh have masters degree and there are some who have PhD degree.
Quality, relevancy, access to all and makes a difference are the four principles of engagement of any Aga Khan led initiative and here it would not be exception, she said.
She met government officials and many nurses during her stay in Dhaka.
There is a Nursing Council which governs the profession while nursing association is there to look after their interest and it is very positive picture.
She said with faculty and leadership development, nursing profession can be taken to a new height. Up-to-date curriculum, modern teaching and learning strategy, good university, well qualified teacher and other issues can be addressed under the faculty development programme, she said.
She felt that with the improvement of faculty, many people from outside will come to Bangladesh for study. The world is facing about three million shortage of nurses and Bangladesh can supply a portion of that. She opined that Bangladesh should introduce one-year clinical specialisation diploma programme so that nurses can be specialised on intensive care unit or pediatric or any other areas. About the role of nurses, she said here they can only work in hospitals but the international trend is they can do lot of service in the community. “They can do a lot in research or they can conduct clinic,” she said adding in this way by diversifying, young people would be attracted to this profession. She felt that leadership development is important for the nurses as it will help them to become self-confident, decision maker and able to fight for their rights. She suggested that doctors and nurses should study together in the first two years at the university. In the first two years, doctors and nurses have same basic courses and by studying together, doctors will respect the nurses. Absence of recruitment rule is the biggest challenge of the nursing profession here, she said. Amarsi said AKDN is yet to have a concrete plan in developing the sector. “We are still at the process of assessing,” she said adding: “I will prepare an assessment report and share it with the government.” - See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/health/2016/jan/23/bangladesh-can-be-hub-nursing-education#sthash.11ue6eZL.dpuf
Bangladeshi projects short-listed for Aga Khan architecture award
Bangladesh has global standard architectures that can work in any international projects
Several Bangladeshi projects are among the 20 short-listed projects for Aga Khan Award for Architecture for 2016.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, declared after every three years and the winners get US$1 million prize money and this year it will be declared in the last quarter of the year. Three Bangladeshi projects, so far, won the award.
“Bangladesh has global standard architectures that can work in any international projects,” said Farrokh Derakhshani, director of Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Derakhshani, who recently visited Dhaka to attend the Dhaka Art Summit, said: “I do believe [that they have international standard] and that’s why we hired a Bangladeshi architecture to do the project titled Aga Khan Academy.”
The Aga Khan Development Network is going to build the high profile and international standard academy on 20 acres of land in Dhaka and its design is still underway, he said.
Derakhshani reminded that parliament building and Grameen Bank Housing project won the award in 1989 while another project in which two Austrian and German architects built a house with earth and bamboo in Dinajpur got the award in 2007.
Sharing his experience at the Dhaka Art Summit, he said: “A good number of architectures displayed their works at the exhibition.”
Referring to famous architects Mazharul Islam and Bashirul Haque, he said: “There are some good architect schools in Bangladesh.”
Architecture is important to improve quality of life as the children who live in good house, and good neighbourhood and better building schools are better educated than those who do not enjoy those facilities, he added.
Derakhshani, who has been involved in the profession for over four decades, stated that there should be coordination among different public institutions like public works, WASA, municipality corporations and electricity departments to provide better service to the society.
Ismailis in Dhaka tour an icon of Bangladeshi architecture
13 April 2016
At the end of February, a group of Ismailis toured the National Assembly complex in Dhaka. They discovered that the Louis Kahn-designed winner of the 1989 Aga Khan Award for Architecture remains a formidable presence in the architectural consciousness of Bangladesh.
The erecting of Bangladesh’s monumental National Assembly complex between the late 1960s and its completion in the 1980s must have been an incredible sight. Even today, the colossal structure looks like something out of the future.
Enveloped in a concrete curtain laced with white marble, the Assembly Building itself peeks out only through enormous geometric cut-outs in the façade. Within is a 30-metre high 300-seat assembly chamber, a domed amphitheater and a library. Eight “light and air courts” and a restaurant are interspersed among these spaces, along with entrances to the garden and the mosque.
“The sheer construction of the building is remarkable,” said Sulaiman Ajanee, President of the Ismaili Council for Bangladesh.
Together with 85 members of the Dhaka Jamat, he toured the architectural masterpiece at the end of February. Designed by architect Louis Kahn, the complex was a winner of the 1989 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The Jamati tour was organised to coincide with the current cycle of the Award, which is expected to be presented later this year.
“This building is a treat to the eye,” said 19-year-old Shabnam Barkat, who along with other members of the Jamat, was fascinated to see the masterpiece. “The outlook of the building itself is so soothing yet so artistic,” she added. “The thrill to explore this ingenious structure increases as we keep going inside.”
The Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban or National Parliament House is located in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka and is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world. The building was commissioned in 1962, and by the time it was completed in 1983, the cost of the building had climbed to 1.3 billion Bangladesh taka (est. USD $32 million), more than double the original estimate.
“For a country like Bangladesh, it may be expensive,” said Dr Abdul Muqtadir, former head of Dhaka University’s Department of Architecture, speaking to the Aga Khan Award reviewers in the 1980s, “but we planners feel it has done profitable things for the country.”
Members of the Jamat gathered in the Parliament Oath Room of the National Parliament House in Dhaka.
Parliament Secretariat / Akhtar Hossain
The Aga Khan Award review in 1989 acknowledges that the project “encouraged the renaissance of architecture as a social and cultural identity” at a time when most of the building work in Bangladesh was carried out by untrained individuals or technical engineers rather than architects. It also promoted the formation of the country’s first school of architecture.
“Back in 1960 there was almost nothing here: no real architecture, no Institute of Architects, no architectural consciousness,” said Bangladeshi Professor Mir Mobasher Ali. An architect’s key design philosophy was to represent Bangladeshi culture and heritage, while at the same time optimising the use of space. “Kahn opened the way.”
The complex is set on 200 acres of landscaped park, with the main building rising from a man-made moat. The buildings situated behind the Assembly Building were built using brick. Kahn wanted to leave the brick exposed, which required high quality masonry.
It is hard to relate Kahn’s work to more traditional Mughal or Hindu themes found in the region. In a 1964 statement, the architect says that inspiration was drawn from “age-old rules that shaped great buildings in answer to the particular character of the light, the wind, the air, the temperature, the water, the materials.”
Addressing the same matter three years later, a chief engineer in the Public Works Department observed that “it may not be possible to exactly know what those great masters of the golden Muslim era would have done if they had the materials and techniques of the modern age at their command. But the originality, purity and honesty that exude from their creations leads one to believe that they would have made use of the present day materials and techniques in their true and pure form.”
Louis Kahn never lived to see the National Assembly complex completed. He died tragically of a heart attack while traveling at New York’s Pennsylvania Station in 1974. The project was completed by David Wisdom and Associates in 1983.
For the people of Bangladesh, the National Assembly is an iconic symbol. Around 2,000 visitors tour the building and its grounds every day, and it is perceived as a positive asset for the country — both for its aesthetic beauty and its architectural uniqueness.
“For Ismailis, it is such a matter of pride that this building has won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture,” said Ismaili Council President Sulaiman Ajanee. “It gives us a real connection to the place.”
Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf held
Air Vice Marshal Mashiuzzaman Serniabat, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, is seen with other officials during the opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club in the capital recently. Courtesy photo
The three-day prestigious Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament was held at the Kurmitola Golf Club course in the capital from January 12 to 14.
The tournament got off to a fine start amidst a lot of fanfare at the lush green and picturesque Kurmitola Golf Course on the morning of January 12. Air Vice Marshal Mashiuzzaman Serniabat, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force inaugurated the tournament as chief guest. Major General A K M Abdullahil Baquee, Military Secretary, Bangladesh Army and Vice President, Kurmitola Golf Club, Brig Gen (retd) Abidur Reza Khan, chairman, tournament committee, Kurmitola Golf Club, Brig Gen (retd) Mohd Obaidul Haque, Chief Executive Officer, Kurmitola Golf Club, Group Captain (retd) M Lokman Farrukh, L Col (retd) Md Abdul Bari, General Manager, Golf Operations, Kurmitola Golf Club, Sulaiman Ajanee, president of Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Bangladesh, Munir M Merali, AKDN Resident Diplomatic Representative and other members of the Aga Khan community in Bangladesh and high officials of Kurmitola Golf Club were also present at the inaugural ceremony. The prize distribution ceremony was held on Saturday evening at the banquet hall of Kurmitola Golf Club.
Aga Khan to celebrate Bangladeshi architecture award winners 2016
The Network in a statement on Saturday said Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor and Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Farrokh Derakhshani, will present award certificates to all those who have contributed to the realisation of the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka on Mar 8.
Certificates will be presented to those associated with the creation of the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, the next day.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in architecture.
It was established by the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.
Earlier, three other Bangladeshi projects have received the award.
The National Assembly Building, designed by Louis I. Kahn, won the award in 1989, the Grameen Bank Housing Programme in 1989 and the METI School in Rudrapur received the award in 2007.
WEBCAST: Celebrating the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha
Events celebrating the Bangladeshi winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture are being held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka on 8 and 9 March 2017. The event recognising the Friendship Centre is taking place on 9 March at 6:30 PM Dhaka time (GMT+6), and will be webcast at TheIsmaili.org/live.
The Aga Khan Development Network in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Bangladesh, is celebrating the two winning Bangladeshi projects of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture: the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka (Architect: Marina Tabassum) and the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha (Architect: Kashef Chowdhury). The events recognising each project will take place at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka.
On 8 March 2017, His Excellency Noor Asaduzzaman MP, Bangladesh’s Honorable Minister of Cultural Affairs, and Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, will present Award Certificates to those who have contributed to the realisation of the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. On 9 March, certificates will be presented to those associated with the creation of the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in architecture. It was established by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.
Aga Khan Foundation marks International Nurses Day
There are over 40,000 registered nurses working in the country; around 90% of whom are women
Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), observed the International Nurses Day 2017 to honour nurses in Bangladesh, recognising their critical contributions to the health sector and wellbeing of citizens.
Marking the day, the foundation held a programme in Dhaka recently, where Professor Yasmin Amarsi, the Founding Dean at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Aga Khan University, gave the keynote presentation.
Dr Amarsi underscored the need of a united voice among nurses to help improve the profession, highlighting the result of developing nursing quality.
In her welcome speech, Dilshad Dossani, Chair of the foundation’s national committee said: “It is fitting indeed that we are here to celebrate and honour a profession that strives at its heart to care for humanity, both in body and in spirit.”
Subhash Chandra Sarker, Additional Secretary (Nursing and Midwifery) of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, who attended the event as the chief guest, highlighted the recent efforts of the government to upgrade the nursing profession in the country.
He also encouraged nurses to continue working for the betterment of their profession.
The event also gave an opportunity to nurses to share their own perspectives about their work and profession in the country.
AKDN has been working in the field of nursing, primarily through the Aga Khan University, for nearly forty years, in many countries including in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
This year, the International Nurses Day with the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” was marked on May 12.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has praised the Shia Ismaili community’s spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan for his global role.
He spoke at a reception celebrating the diamond jubilee of the Aga Khan as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims in Dhaka on Thursday .
Ali said like his grandfather, he focused on efforts concerning the well-being of his own community and the wider Muslims as well.
“The Aga Khan’s work is underpinned by an emphasis on Islam as a spiritual faith which cherishes the role of the intellect, teaches compassion and tolerance, and upholds the dignity of humankind”.
He also praised the role of the Aga Khan Development Network in Bangladesh and said the network is committed to enhancing its investments in the education sector with the establishment of the Aga Khan Academy Dhaka which is to be located on approximately 20 acres of Network-owned land in Bashundhara.
The academy will be comprised of world-class facilities and become part of an integrated network of 18 such academies being built globally.
The Development Network organised the reception at a Dhaka hotel.
The Aga Khan is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter.
At the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan as the Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims 60 years ago.
Today, the Aga Khan leads a global community of some 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, living predominantly in South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and the Far East.
July 11 marks the day of his accession to the Ismaili leadership.
AKDN’s Resident Representative to Bangladesh Munir M. Merali said the Jubilees serve as “important milestones for His Highness and members of his community, to recognise the friendship and longstanding support of leaders of state, governments, and other partners in the work of the Imamat”.
AKDN takes interest in Bangladesh’s basic education development
In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they co-hosted a ‘Forum on International Education for Global Citizens’ in Dhaka on Friday bringing together all stakeholders including students.
The AKDN said this was in keeping with the goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals which tells to “revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development”.
AKDN’s Resident Diplomatic Representative to Bangladesh Munir M Merali welcomed participants and shared the Network’s “continued interest and commitment” to the education sector in Bangladesh through additional investments, including the establishment of the Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque was present as chief guest. Secretary for Primary and Mass Education Mohammad Asif-Uz-Zaman also spoke at the forum.
Former Research Chair of Canada’s Red River College Janet Jamieson and Global Manager for Professional Development of the Aga Khan Academies Jonathan Marsh made key-note presentations.
Jamieson emphasised the importance of the early years in setting the foundations for all future learning and behaviour, including the knowledge, skills and values required for students to become global citizens.
Marsh spoke about ways in which public-private partnerships in education can be effectively leveraged to improve teaching and learning outcomes for all students.
Students from the Aga Khan School, Dhaka, Bawnia Badh Islamia Alia Madrasha, Holy Cross, Sunbeams and Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, among others, later took part in a roundtable discussion.
Students, teachers and other participants discussed ways to draw out their ideas on how education in Bangladesh can be improved to be more interactive, experiential and values-based, and how they can inculcate life skills.
This year the World Speech Day was celebrated in over 90 countries around the world
The Aga Khan Council for Bangladesh, like every year, has celebrated the World Speech Day at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, in Dhaka’s Bashundhara.
Civil society members, professionals, students and teachers from leading schools, journalists and members of the Aga Khan National Council and other institutions attended the event held on Saturday, said a press release on Monday.
On behalf of the Aga Khan Council, Bangladesh, its President Sulaiman Ajanee had welcomed all the invited speakers and guests to the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre.
He said this year the World Speech Day was celebrated in over 90 countries around the world.
Dhaka Tribune Editor-in-Chief Zafar Sobhan, Ambreen Basheer, teacher from the American International School Dhaka (AISD), Dhruba Jyoti Paul, student of AISD, and Aliza Jessani from the Aga Khan School, Dhaka spoke on the occasion.
Aga Khan Foundation discusses business, philanthropy in Dhaka
The seminar was titled “Doing Well by Doing Good: A Discussion on Business and Philanthropy”.
Dr Gowher Rizvi, the international advisor to the prime minister was present as the chief guest at the event held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Bashundhara.
Rizvi made a distinction between charity and philanthropy, while highlighting what makes good philanthropy.
“Philanthropy, when properly directed, when it listens to the people whom is it is serving, can be very successful,” he said.
Dilshad Dossani, chairperson of the Aga Khan Foundation (Bangladesh)’s National Committee, outlined the impetus behind the seminar.
“The notion of indigenous philanthropy and the paradigm shift towards self-reliant development, we believe, has never been more relevant than it is today in the Bangladesh context.”
Apoorva Oza, chief executive officer of the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (India) spoke about corporate social responsibility, highlighting lessons from the Indian context.
“There is an initial tendency among many corporates to do a lot of charity work, what we call transactional work, but the real change comes from transformational work, when we attack the roots of the problem, and that is a slow process for corporates to learn, but it is happening.”
Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman, Power and Participation Research Centre, moderated a panel discussion which featured Nihad Kabir, president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Dhaka and Syed Nasim Manzur, managing director of the Apex Footwear Ltd, among others.
H.E, Saed Al-Mheiri in the presence of Mr. Abdullah Al-Hamoudi in his office Mr. Munir M.Merali resident diplomatic representative of Aga Khan Develpment Network in Dhaka to discuss ways of cooperation and development in Bangladesh
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