Universalising Quality Primary Education in Bangladesh
edited by A. K. Jalaluddin and A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury
ISBN 984 05 1401 6 1997 720pp 215x136mm HB Tk.750.00 US$33.00
On the threshold of the 21st century, about a quarter of the world’s people do not share in the march of civilization. Over half of the World’s ‘absolute poor’, who also happen to be half of the world’s illiterates, are concentrated in South Asia. The history of industrialized countries unambiguously teach us that quality primary education for all children is an essential condition for a nation to move out of the vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy. The lessons of history have been recognized by Bangladesh.
This book tells the story of primary education in Bangladesh. In August 1996, several hundred participants including the government, politicians, teachers, academics, parents and other concerned sections of Bangladesh society and several development professionals from abroad assembled in a 5-day conference on Universal Primary Education to reaffirm their commitment to universalising primary education in Bangladesh. The book includes policy analysis and statements by government leaders, commissioned research papers, summary of the discussions followed by a series of recommendations relating to the current debate on educational reforms in Bangladesh.
The information and analysis contained in the book provide an indepth understanding of the policy issues faced by policy planners and would help them take decisive steps towards universalising primary education of an acceptable quality. Of particular historical importance and interest to the readers is the storehouse of authentic information and documents contained in the book in the area of primary and basic education in Bangladesh.
The book should be of value to policy planners, NGOs, researchers and academics, international agencies, students of education and to anyone who needs to know about primary education in Bangladesh.
Professor Abul Khair Jalaluddin, a former UNDP/UNESCO international adviser to the government of Bangladesh, is currently providing technical assistance to BRAC’s innovative Chandina Learning Improvement Project (CLIP). He is internationally known for his contribution in the field of basic education and had earlier held leading positions in several institutions, including the Maulana Azad Centre for Social and Elementary Education at Delhi University and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi.
Dr. Jalaluddin jointly with Dr. Manzoor Ahmed has authored Basic Education and National Development-lessonsfirom China and India (UNICEF, 1992).
Dr. A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury is Director Research at BRAC. He has a PhD from London and has been associated with BRAC since 1977. He has published numerous articles in national and international journals and has co-authored (with Richard Cash), A Simple Solution: Teaching Millions to Treat Diarrhoea at Home, (UPL, Dhaka 1996). He coordinated the development of Assessment of Basic Competencies (ABC) a simple inexpensive and easily replicable methodology to evaluate basic 6ducational achievement of children, which has been used widely in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. Dr. Chowdhury has worked as consultant to Harvard University, Radda Bamen, UNICEF and the World Bank.