Int’l Literacy Day: Literacy venture heads no place

A Tk 453-crore proficiency venture intended to profit 45 lakh individuals has languished mishaps over store emergency, a deviation from the first arrangement and wrong choice of recipients.

In 2014, the administration took up the Basic Literacy Project to be actualized with claim finance for giving fundamental proficiency and fundamental abilities to individuals matured somewhere in the range of 15 and 45 of every 64 regions by June 2018.

Two or three years after it was propelled, the Bureau of Non-Formal Education, the executing office, needed to drop the fundamental abilities segment because of reserve emergency.

In addition, the task due date was expanded twice, yet just a single third of the work has been executed.

Discharged in May this year, a top to bottom government observing report has discovered that determination of 63 percent of the undertaking recipients were not done in accordance with the arrangement.

In the report, the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the arranging service said 40 percent of the 23 lakh recipients are the individuals who “dropped out” of formal instruction, in spite of the fact that the venture is intended to give fundamental education to the unskilled people.

What’s more, 23 percent of the recipients were joined up with non-formal training programs beforehand, read the report. It additionally said 36.27 percent of the task was executed till April this year.

Specialists state a nonattendance of legitimate arranging and the absence of will and financing just as the usage capacityare the explanations for moderate advancement of the venture.

“The determination procedure was defective and this sort of choice is a misuse of open cash,” said noted educationist Rasheda K Choudhury.

Task Director Abdul Zalil, in any case, thinks this was not a misuse of open cash. “Be that as it may, this is certainly our restriction,” he revealed to The Daily Star.

He said the department is executing the venture through NGOs which run the learning focuses. Furthermore, it is NGOs which select the recipients under observing of an advisory group for the venture.

“We’ve never heard any objection about determination procedure of recipients from anybody.”

BNFE Director General Tapan Kumar Ghosh would not remark about the determination procedure without seeing the IMED report.

“It is anything but an issue if individuals tried out other non-formal instruction programs prior are taken a crack at the venture.”

Prior, education implied an individual could sign their name, he said.

“However, presently we call somebody proficient in the event that the individual in question can compose a letter to convey a message and take care of some basic number-crunching issues. In this way, there is no issue if the old recipients join once more.”


The principle exercises of the Basic Literacy Project began in 2018 because of formality and deferral in choosing NGOs, said an authority of the BNFE, wishing not to be named.

The due date got the main augmentation in 2018, for one year, and now it is booked to end in June 2020.

It had focused on setting up 75,000 learning focuses with 1,50,000 educators and circulating over 96.36 lakh books among the 45 lakh recipients in 250 upazilas. One NGO for each upazila, chosen by the administration, will run the learning focuses.

Be that as it may, 22 lakh recipients are yet to be tried out 116 upazilas, said the IMED report.

The report depends on meeting of 800 recipients of 16 locale and centered gathering discourses and courses from January to April this year.

It read that setting up 35,580 learning focuses, delegating 71,620 educators and distributing 46.40 lakh books for the students are as yet pending.

The report additionally said 36 percent of learning focuses were set up in the grade schools or madrasas. The rest 64 percent were set up at places of local people or in open spots, which is conflicting with the improvement venture proposition (DPP).

About the claim, BNFE Director General Tapan Kumar said it was chosen that 50 percent of the learning focuses will be set up at elementary schools and madrasas, yet there is a lack of rooms at these instructive organizations.

“We will begin the undertaking execution in the rest 116 upazilas soon. We have chosen NGOs and have made important arrangements,” said Project Director Abdul Zalil.

About the dropping of fundamental abilities segment from the venture, Rasheda K Choudhury, official executive of Campaign for Popular Education, said it was tragic.

“It demonstrates the hole among arranging and execution.”

BNFE DG Tapan said they dropped the arrangement because of inaccessibility of financing. “We required Tk 2,000 crore for giving fundamental abilities learning to the recipients.”

In any case, the legislature has an arrangement to confer fundamental abilities learning to the recipients in future.

The task planned for furnishing the recipients with essential proficiency ability of perusing, composing and count. The courses should be incorporated with fundamental abilities that are important or attractive for full investment in regular day to day existence.

As indicated by Unicef, fundamental abilities are characterized as psychosocial capacities for versatile and positive conduct that empower people to manage the requests and difficulties of regular day to day existence.

Education SCENARIO

Grown-up absence of education has been a noteworthy worry for Bangladesh. At the point when the nation wound up autonomous in 1971, the general education rate was horrifying, just 16.8 percent.

Presently the education rate for individuals matured 15 years or more stands at 73.9 percent, as per Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2018 of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

The rate was 48.8 percent among a similar age bunch in 2008, as per BBS Literacy Assessment Survey.

The administration did not take up any critical task to improve the education rate after the conclusion of a recently taken up uber venture – Total Literacy Movement (TLM).

The TLM was presented in 1996 by the then AL government, it was dropped during the BNP rule in 2003 over the claims of inconsistencies and bungle.

After the AL accepted office in 2009, the Hasina organization, with an earnestness to satisfy the decision promise to guarantee 100 percent proficiency, had drawn up Tk 3,000-crore super extends.

Be that as it may, it couldn’t begin actualizing the tasks because of store emergency with benefactors declining to back, provoking the administration to hold the plans.

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