The 24th Annual General Meeting of CAMPE was held virtually on Saturday 23 October 2021, Presided over by CAMPE Chairperson Kazi Rafiqul Alam and moderated by its Executive Director, Rasheda K. Choudhury, 90 member organizations from across the country attended in the meeting.
The AGM started with a welcome note by Rasheda K. Choudhury, Member Sectary of CAMPE Council. At the beginning of the meeting, participants observed one minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then major discussion followed as per the Agenda, which included reporting back to the constituency on the activities and financial report of the previous year, revisiting membership status, co-option of members in the Council (Board), election of office bearers, approval of new members, appointment of auditors, among others.
The major discussion points of the AGM were:
- After confirmation of the previous meeting Minutes, “Highlights” of the Annual Report (2020-2021) were presented and approved unanimously.
- Audit Report 2020-2021 of CAMPE was presented by the Honorary Treasurer and approved by the members.
- A Quasem & Co. was appointed as Auditors for auditing the accounts of CAMPE for the next financial year was approved.
- Current Office Bearers of CAMPE Council were re-elected for next 2 years.
- Two NGOs “Shapla Neer” and “Sightsavers” were co-opted in place of “Education Development Foundation (Educo)” and “Bangladesh Protibandhi Foundation (BPF)” as members of CAMPE Council due to completion of their term.
- Three new organizations were awarded membership of CAMPE namely, (i) Aso Jati Gori (AJG), Faridpur (ii) Thanapara Swallows Development Society (TSDS), Rajshahi and (iii) Bikashito Bangladesh Foundation (BBF), Dhaka.
- Overall performance of the NGOs in education sector including many challenges faced by them particularly small ones were discussed in detail. Their expectations from CAMPE as the national coalition were also expressed by some members.
Some of the issues discussed were:
- Challenges related to education of persons with disabilities.
- Impact of “Government Circulars” restricting CSO engagement in education and how those had been impacting the right to education of the most marginalized.
- CAMPE should take a lead for providing CSO generated “alternative reports” on different pertinent issues of the education sector;
- Issues/challenges of the “Dalit” community should be one of the critical areas of focus for CAMPE.
- Impacts of natural disasters on education should be considered by CAMPE’s in its programs.
- NFE programs in the field have been affected seriously due to shrinking of space for NGOs by both government and development partners.
- “Second Chance Education” partners have been facing challenges due to restrictive policy decisions of the concerned government agencies.
- ICT based teaching-learning process without access to device and connectivity had been facing serious bottlenecks.
CAMPE authorities committed to take necessary measures with regard to the expectations expressed by members and shared some plans for 2021 and 2022 to address the issues.
The meeting raised concern regarding the recent violent attacks on Hindu Communities and agreed to raise voice against such atrocities. It was decided that CAMPE, on behalf of its members and other representatives of Civil Society Groups should give a Statement condemning the atrocities and demanding justice for the victims. It was further agreed to disseminate the “Statement” through website and other social media platform of CAMPE and its member NGOs.
The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks by the Chair.