Education is the key to a nation’s development. This is truer for a resource-scarce country like Bangladesh. Bangladesh has already become a low middle income country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has envisioned transforming the country into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041. To achieve these aspirations, we need a properly educated nation, which is intellectually modern, forward-looking, groomed as global citizen, competent for global job market, able to face the challenges and utilize the opportunities of globalization.
Madrasah education is an inseparable part of the national education process of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board is entrusted with the responsibility of approval and re-approval of madrasahs, designing madrasah related curriculum, textbooks, conducting examinations and giving certificates at the Ibtedaye, Dakhil and Alim levels. In line with the National Education Policy 2010, we are keen to build up our learners in a way that they know and understand the true ideal and spirit of Islam and accordingly become honest, accountable, socially responsible, non-communal, creative, innovative and persons of sound moral characters. They are expected to be able to reflect those ideals and principles in all spheres of life. We believe knowledge of our national heritage, contextual norms, values and glorious history, spirit of liberation war and independence will make our future generation proud and courageous and help them flourish into a true patriotic force. We place due emphasis on acquiring quality modern education and knowledge of contemporary science and technology by the students. We are confident, our learners will be able to equally compete with the students of general and English medium as we strive to progress harmoniously with the other streams and perceive education in a holistic way.
Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all as enunciated in SDG-4 is the challenge of the day for us. Unified effort of the entire nation, irrespective of any differences is needed to achieve the goal. We hope that all concerned from all strata of society will be actively involved in this initiative.
Professor Kaiser Ahmed