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CAMPE Organized 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 25th Annual General Meeting of CAMPE was held on 15 October 2022 at the Liberation War Museum, (মুক্তযিুদ্ধ জাদুঘর) Auditorium, Agargaon, Dhaka. The session was presided over by CAMPE Chairperson Kazi Rafiqul Alam and moderated by its Executive Director, Rasheda K. Choudhury. A total of 130 representatives from member organizations from across the country participated in the meeting including Council Members, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed & Ms. Aroma Dutta, Vice-Chairs of CAMPE, Mr. Shishir Anjelo Rozario, Treasurer CAMPE Council and Mr. Yakub Hossain, Executive Director, Village Education Resource Center (VERC). Ms. Cecilia Soriano (Thea) Programmes and Operations Coordinator of ASPBAE also attended the meeting as an observer.

The AGM started with a welcome note by Rasheda K. Choudhury, Member Sectary of CAMPE Council & Executive Director, CAMPE. At the beginning of the meeting, a “Resolution” was passed for expressing condolence for those NGO leaders and workers who passed away during last year. Then major discussion followed as per the Agenda, which included reporting back to the constituency on programs and financial reports of the previous year, revisiting membership status, co-option of new members in the Council (Board), and approval of new members, among others.

The major discussion points of the AGM were:
• After confirmation of the previous meeting Minutes, “Highlights” of the Annual Report (2021-2022) were presented and approved unanimously.
• Audit Report 2021-2022 of CAMPE was presented by the Honorary Treasurer and approved by the AGM.
• “Plan International” was co-opted in place of “Shapla Neer” and “Gram Bikash Kendra (GBK)” was co-opted in place of “National Development Programme (NDP)” as members of CAMPE Council for next 2 years.
• Ms. Zareen Mahmud CPA, FCA was co-opted in place of Ms. Fouzia Hoque as an individual member of CAMPE Council. In addition, Ms. Fouzia Hoque was selected as Advisor to CAMPE Council.
• Five new organizations were awarded membership of CAMPE namely, (i) Agriculture Sustainable & Socio-Economic Development organization (ASSEDO), Rajshahi (ii) Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLCO), Dhaka (iii) Disabled Welfare Society (DWS), Dhaka (iv) Light House, Bogura, and (v) Progressive, Rangamati Hill Tracts.

The expectations from CAMPE as the national coalition in education were expressed by some members included the following:
? CAMPE can organize an “Education Fair” to highlight the need for creating awareness on right to education by involving member organizations across the country.
? CAMPE could strengthen advocacy with the government about LDC graduation and expected changes that may be made by diction makers in the education sector. Besides, for its partner organization, CAME can share knowledge and information about what type of projects can be taken in the education sector focusing on LDC graduation.
? Continue to organize “Shikkha Shonglap” to promote public debate and influence the manifestos of major political parties prior to the election in 2023.
? CAMPE should continue its advocacy for helping shape the policy priorities in education for an aspiring upper-middle income country and strengthening the partnership of state and non-state actors in education.
? CAMPE can continue its research for studying impacts of natural disasters on education.

CAMPE authorities committed to take necessary measures with regard to the expectations expressed by members present in the AGM and shared some plans for 2022 and 2023 to address the issues.

The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks by the Chair.

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