Dhaka, July 8: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said laid importance on creating competent manpower to sustain in the tough global race.“The world is progressing fast and Bangladesh has to keep pace with the race. So, we want to build up our children in that way and education is the main key to win the race,” she said.
The premier said this while distributing award among this year’s 12 best talent students selected under the program title- Srijanshil Medha Onneshon (Creative Talent Hunt).
Sheikh Hasina said the education is the prime component to make the country free from hunger and poverty and running the country in future. A person can survive in any way if he/she has education, she said.
Bangladesh needs many competent workforces to operate the satellite, nuclear power plant and other sophisticated technology, she added.
Congratulating the talented students the prime minister said education is the best wealth for a human being. And she and her sister Sheikh Rehana taught it to their children, reports agency.
Sheikh Hasina said children of Bangladesh are really talented and they can flourish themselves if they get minimum scope. So, it’s important to find out them through searching and give recognition.
In view of this, the government has undertaken the Medha Onneshon programme, she said adding that the government has attached importance to science and technical education along with modernization of the Madrasa education.
She said the government is giving scholarship to the meritorious students to help them continue studies. Free textbooks are being given to school students to lessen burden of the guardians, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh was liberated to be a hunger and poverty free nation as most of its people was poverty stricken and had no access to education, healthcare and shelter.
Sheikh Hasina said her government believes in the policy of Bangabandhu and is making constant stride to build an educated nation by ensuring access to education to every citizen.
The prime minister said post-1975 governments brandished the meritorious students with arms and used them as political weapons. Those rulers had no attention to build the students as the human resources, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the Awami League after coming to power in 1996 after 21 years conducted a survey to assess the requirement of schools, colleges and other education institutions in different parts of the country along with an initiative to make the country illiteracy free.
Sheikh Hasina urged the students to read the books on life and works of Bangabandhu to know about the country’s history.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the function while State Minister for Technical and Madrasa education department Kazi Keramat Ali was present as special guest.
Secretary for Secondary and High Education of Education Ministry Sohrab Hossain gave welcome address while Mahin Muntasir and Siratul Mustakim Srabonti spoke on behalf of the best talent students.