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National Sharing Meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education Institutions

A National Sharing Meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education Institutions was held on Monday 17 June 2019 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro Auditoriam, Banglamotor, Dhaka. The meeting was organized by CAMPE in cooperation with Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Chairman, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro graced the meeting as chief guest, other noteworthy guests were Aroma Dutta, honorable member of Bangladesh Jatiyo Shangsad, Md. Monirul Islam, bpm (bar), ppm (bar), Additional Commissioner of Police, Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), Bangladesh Police, Rtd. Major General Md Abdur Rashid, Security Analyst, Professor Mahfuza Khanam, President, World Federation of Teachers Union and Nazmul Haque Khan, Additional Secretary, Department of Secondary and Higher Education (MoE). The session was chaired and moderated by Rasheda K. Choudhury, Executive Director, CAMPE.

M A Muhit Mount Everest Winer and Md. Shariar Mannan, Program Manager, SAMPREETI, MJF shared their thoughts as guest.

A total of around 170 participants participated the meeting including principals, governing body members and students of selected 14 college of Munshiganj; students of different public and private college of Dhaka and other invited guests.

Findings, captured from different activities on this issue held in field were shared by Md. Mostafizur Rahaman, Program Manager, CAMPE at the beginning of the meeting.

Teachers, governing body members and students shared their thoughts on the issue in the open discussion session. The chief guest emphasized on the importance of education institutions and good teachers on PVE through education institutions. He also asked the students to read book more and more. Md. Monirul Islam said to work at the radicalization stage to prevent violent extremism. The chair gave importance on the relation between teacher and student, significance of student of being inspired on patriotism. The other speakers emphasized on values and ethics in education, cognitive development, increasing co-curricular activities in education institutions, family and social bonding and so on. The speakers also stressed that young/student can change anything, violent extremism can be prevented if they grow up with the patriotism and value & ethics. It is expected that the meeting has given good insights and understanding to the students on negative impact of violent extremism and their importance to prevent that. Finally the session was concluded with the vote of thanks by the chair.

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