To recognize education as fundamental rights, to ensure 100% literacy by 2015, to increase the budgetary allocation especially for primary and adult literacy, to reduce drop out rate from primary education and to ensure mid-day meal for the students, to ensure the involvement of local government with primary and non-formal primary education, to top all kinds of commercialization from education sector, to take necessary action to implement the Education Policy immediately are the main grassroots demands raised by SUPRO in the National Seminar held on celebrating International Literacy Day 2012 at CIRDAP Auditorium on 8 September.
Attending the seminar as discussant Professor of Dhaka University Ms. Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen urged to take special initiative to decrease drop-out rate of specially girls in Chor, Haor and natural calamity sensitive area although male female ratio especially in primary education has become almost 50:50.
Mr. Abdul Awal an Executive Board (EB) Member of SUPRO in his speech he told that we are happy having a good education policy but we are being frustrated not to see its proper implementation. He urged to reduce student-teacher ratio as early as possible especially in backward places.
President of Banchte Shikho Nari Ms. Feroza Begum urged to make government obligation to implement the national education policy.
Member of Parliamentary Committee for Cultural Ministry Ms. Lilufar Chowdhury Moni MP strongly criticized donor dependent mentality of development actors and she urged to take independent program plan not being biased by donor agency.
SUPRO EB Member Ms. Daisy Ahmed told that we have achievements in the education sector but we have failed to ensure 100% quality education.
Mr. Dhana Ranjan Tripura, representative of Oxfam Novib attends the seminar as special guest. He urged to address grassroots problem specifically. He added that we should find out local problems and design campaign program accordingly.
Chairperson of SUPRO Mr. Mostafizur Rahman Khan moderated the seminar and General Secretary of SUPRO and Chief Executive of YPSA Mr. Md. Arifur Rahman delivered his welcome speech. Campaign Coordinator Saif Uddin Ahmed presented the seminar paper. SUPRO district representatives, representative of CSOs, NGOs and journalists were present in the seminar. Finally Director of SUPRO Ms. Samia Ahmed thanked all for their nice participation.