'Keu Robena Baire': BTV to broadcast a 26-episode drama to promote inclusive education for all children
Dhaka, January 27, 2010.
Bangladesh Television is going to broadcast a 26-episode drama serial “†KD i‡ebv evB‡i" (None will be left out) with the aim of promoting quality education and school enrolment for all children.
The drama serial, which will be broadcast every Friday night at 7.25pm, is written by playwright Anisul Haque and directed by Faridur Rahman, Director Programme of Bangladesh Television. Each episode of the serial will be followed by an audience quiz where audience members can receive awards.
With the support of UNICEF, the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education produced the drama to create mass awareness on the importance of quality and inclusive education for all children.
The premiere of the TV show was attended by Dr. Md. Asraful Ameen, Minster, Primary and Mass Education (PME) as the chief guest. Md. Motahar Hossain, State Minister of PME attended as special guest and Carel de Rooy, Representative of UNICEF Bangladesh attended as guest of honour. Other guests included the Secretary-in-charge of PME Abu Alam Md. Shaid Khan, Anisul Haque, Faridur Rahman, and the lead actors and actresses of the serial.
“Bangladesh has made excellent progress in ensuring enrolment in primary education and the latest statistics indicate that 80 per cent of the enrolled children reach grade five. However, challenges remain in improving the quality of education, reaching more children living in hard-to-reach areas, and ensuring inclusive education for all. I hope this drama serial will help motivate parents to send their children to school to complete their education,” said Carel de Rooy, Representative UNICEF Bangladesh in his speech.
The Government of Bangladesh is committed to achieve the goal of Education for All by 2015.
To ensure primary education for around 19 million school-aged children (ages 6-10) and retention of those children is a huge challenge for the Government. The present gross enrolment rate is around 91 per cent and the retention rate of pupils at primary school is almost 80 per cent (MICS 2009). However, 10 per cent of girls and 15 per cent of boys in the primary school age group have never been enrolled in schools, and there are also high drop-out rates and low achievement in learning competencies.
Through this TV show, the message about the importance of primary education will reach remote corners of the country and aims to inspire families to value the long-term impact of education more than the short-terms gains of child labour. It is hoped that parents and guardians will therefore send their children to primary school, whether they are working children, children with disabilities, children living in remote areas in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, children living in char and haor areas, indigenous children with different mother languages, socially outcast children, or street children.
Since 2005, with the support of UNICEF, BTV has broadcast drama serials written and produced by famous writers and producers of the country to promote education and enrolment of all children. Particularly notable are "Star Flower" written and produced by Humayan Ahmed, "Dry Flower, Colourful Flower" rewritten by Dr. Zafar Iqbal and produced by Abul Haytah and "My Inner Light" written by Anisul Haque and produced by Abul Hayath.
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