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CAMPE launches pioneering report of Education Watch on Ethics and Values in School: Capturing the Spirit of Education

“Recognition of diversity in terms of socio-economic situation, culture, religion, language and power, among others, are the key factors behind establishing a harmonious and tolerant society”, Advocate Mostafizur Rahman M.P. Hon`ble Minister for Primary and Mass Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh told a gathering of more than two hundred representatives from concerned government and donor agencies, teachers, researchers, education practitioners and NGOs who were present at the launching of Education Watch 2017 Study on Ethics and Values in School: Capturing the Spirit of Education.

The main objective of the Study was to understand how the purpose of promoting ethics, values and moral development is reflected in the school experience including curriculum and textbooks, teacher preparation and teacher’s performance, classroom practice and school culture, assessment of student learning and interaction of school-parents. A qualitative survey was conducted in 64 primary and secondary public institutions in 8 administrative divisions of Bangladesh. Responses were also collected with a values survey instrument from 1400 students, 576 teachers and 1280 school managing committee members and parents.

Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Vice Chair of CAMPE and Principal Researcher of Education Watch 2017 Study, stated that school experience did not create the opportunity in the lessons and co-curricular activities for the students to use reasoning and thinking about ethical issue and moral conduct in the schools of Bangladesh. The study has found out that half of primary, two-thirds of secondary and seven out of ten university students do not look upon teachers as their role models for ethical and moral conduct.

Md Alamgir, Secretary Technical and Madrassah Education Division of the Ministry of Education who attended the function as Special Guest stressed on the need for role models within the family, community and educational institutions.

Jane Edmondson, Head of DFID Bangladesh who was present as the Guest of Honor opined that ethics and values are foundation of human relationship. She stressed the need for on ensuring practice of ethics and values in each institution so that schools can encourage children to be kind to each other and live in harmony. She also emphasized on ECD for better preparedness of children to integrate into a system that promotes respect for diversity and multi-culturalism.

While explaining the context in which the study was initiated, Rasheda K. Choudhury, Executive Director, CAMPE & Member Secretary, Education Watch referred to the gradual erosion of values within the society and growing intolerance leading to breach of social harmony and obscurantism.

Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President, Dhaka Ahsania Misson & current Chairperson of CAMPE who presided over the function expressed his hope that policy makers would take note of the findings and concerns as emerged from the study.

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