The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, lauded Bangladesh’s success in education saying countries lagging behind in achieving the Education for All (EfA) goal can follow its example.
Irina Bokova was also all praise for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her outstanding contributions to promoting girls and women education and raising literacy rate in Bangladesh.
The UNESCO Director General was replying to a question from Bangladesh Representative to the UNESCO Executive Board Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, a Senior Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration.
That was during the afternoon session of the 196th session of the UNESCO Executive Board on Tuesday in Paris, a media statement received in Dhaka, said on Thursday.
The current session of the UNESCO Executive Board started on April 13 and will continue till April 23.
Bangladesh is moving forward towards inclusive education within the target set for 2015 by dint of the present government’s political will and commitment to the education, Bokova observed.
The UNESCO DG recalled Bangladesh’s achievement in MDGs and EfA well ahead of the 2015, the target date for achievement of the goal, while many countries are left behind.
Other members of the delegation are Bangladesh Ambassador to France M Shahidul Islam, Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO Monjur Hossain, Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy Mohammad Hazrat Ali Khan and First Secretary Farhana Ahmed Chowdhury.
The UNESCO DG also lauded Sheikh Hasina as she was nominated as a champion head of the government by the UN Secretary General for his Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).
She also appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her participation in the first-ever Girl Summit in London last year, and stated that her presence made the Summit successful.
Earlier in September, Sheikh Hasina and Irina Bokova jointly awarded the 2014 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes in Dhaka and inaugurated the International Conference on Girls’ and Women’s Literacy and Education.
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