Bangladesh needs a unified education system in order to equip the young generation with skills required in the 21st century, speakers told a discussion in Chittagong city yesterday.
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country's first leadership institute, organised the roundtable on "Reimagining education for a rapidly changing world" at the Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A total of 17 principals from Bangla and English medium schools and madrasas took part in the discussion. They talked about how the existing curricula can adapt to the changing realities of the present day world. Reflecting on Bangladesh's education system, speakers also discussed new teaching methods, and challenges and opportunities in the era of technological advancement.
They said the curricula need to be developed to meet the needs of students. At the same time, they laid emphasis on values-based education.
Speaking as the chief guest, Aminul Islam Khan, additional secretary at Secondary and Higher Education Division of education ministry, said educators should focus on effective learning process and enabling environment to make education more rewarding.
Ejaj Ahmad, founder and president of BYLC, moderated the programme.
He said, “Both skills and values are equally important to create ethical, socially responsible, and economically productive citizens. Schools alone cannot accomplish this, unless parents play an active role.”