Strengthen scouts movement to groom children as worthy citizens: PM
BI Report || BusinessInsider
Prime Minister Sheikh addresses as chief guest the 32nd Asia-Pacific Scout Jamboree and the concluding ceremony of the 11th National Scout Jamboree 2023 held at the National Scouts Training Centre at Gazipur’s Mouchak on Wednesday. Photo: PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underscored the need for strengthening the scout movements involving each of the students as it helps make them worthy to lead Bangladesh towards a developed, prosperous and smart country by 2041.
The prime minister was addressing as the chief guest during the 32nd Asia-Pacific Scout Jamboree and the concluding ceremony of the 11th National Scout Jamboree 2023 held at the National Scouts Training Centre at Gazipur’s Mouchak on Wednesday.
BSS adds: The prime minister said she wants every child of the country to be raised as a worthy citizen.
“I want to groom every child as a worthy citizen of the country. ---scouts have given moral and life-oriented education to them. Members of the scouts are being developed as patriotic and conscious citizens with a mentality of rendering services,” she said.
The prime minister said she wants to strengthen the scout movement more prominently by providing every student in each of the educational institutions across the country with scout training as it helps build children with an open mind that is required to stay away from militancy, terrorism, drugs and corruption.
Briefly describing her government initiatives to strengthen the scout movement in the country, she said her government would build scout buildings and training centres in each upazila and district.
The prime minister hoped that the world scouts jamboree would be held in Bangladesh in future and asked all concerned to take preparations to this end.
At the function, the prime minister distributed the highest award for the scouts ‘Shapla Cub Award’ that included a certificate signed by her and a batch among 12 regional winners.
President of Bangladesh Scouts Md Abul Kalam Azad and Chairman of the Jamboree Organising Committee and Chief National Commissioner of Bangladesh Scouts Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan spoke at the function.
The prime minister also released a special postage stamp marking the regional and national scouts jamboree.
Posts and Telecommunications Division Secretary Abu Hena Morshed Zaman and Director General of the Directorate of Posts Md Harunur Rashid were present on the occasion.
A total of 11,000 participants, including 8,000 scouts, 1,000 unit leaders, and International Service Team members from India, Nepal, the Maldives, the Philippines, Scout China (Taiwan), Thailand, South Korea, the USA, Germany and Canada participated in the nine-day event which will conclude on January 27.
Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangladesh is now a developing country. We will no more get stuck there rather march towards for building a hunger-and poverty-free developed, prosperous and Smart Bangladesh by 2041
The prime minister described today’s children as the soldiers of building tomorrow’s Smart Bangladesh.
“Today’s children will be the guardians of that Bangladesh (smart Bangladesh). Everyone has to be grown with an open mind and needs to be free from all sorts of corruption, superstition, fanaticism and terrorism,” she added.
Referring to standing by the people in every disaster that included the recent Covid-19 pandemic by the scout members, she said she has confidence in today’s children, teens and youths that they would take Bangladesh to its desired destination.
She called upon all the children to build Bangladesh with the spirit of the Liberation War so that the bloods of millions of martyrs do not go in vain and the result of the war reaches every doorstep.
The prime minister said, “I want to give a safe and meaningful life to the children and teens of our country as they’re the guardians of tomorrow’s Bangladesh.”
said whenever she comes amid the children, she finds her 10 year-old youngest brother Sheikh Russel, who was assassinated along with his father, mother, brothers and sisters-in-law on August 15, 1975, among them.
About the government measures to spread scouting across the country, she said they have been implementing Expansion of Scouting in Bangladesh and Construction of Scout Satabdi Bhaban Project involving Tk 140 crore, Construction of Sylhet regional scout Bhaban in Moulvibazar district Project with Tk 48.23 crore, Construction of Cumilla regional scout training centre, Lalmai project with Tk 48.53 crore and Expansion of Cub Scouting in Primary Schools Project –Phase IV with Tk 355.40 crore.
Besides, she said, a 95-acre land has been allotted for the National Scout Training Center, Mouchak, Gazipur, adding that the government allotted lands for construction of Scout Bhaban and training centres in different regions and districts.