On 13th of July 2017, a national conference on UNESCO resource distribution and training center (RDTC) toolkits was held. Professor Dr. S M Wahiduzzaman, Director General, Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) inaugurate the conference as chief guest.
Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Hossain, Director (Planning and Development), DSHE and Sun Lei, Education Specialist, UNESCO-Dhaka was present there as special guests.
The conference was chaired by Professor Kaniz Sayeda Benta Sabah, Principal, Dhaka Teachers’ Training College. Professor Faruque Ahmed, E-learning Specialist and Afzal Hossain Sarwar, Policy Specialist, Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office was also present there. Teachers and Teacher Educators including representatives from Access to Information Programme, Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Directorate of Primary Education, National Curriculum and Textbook Board, Education Board, Teachers’ training college and Primary Teachers’ Training Institute were the participants in the conference. The participants were introduced with RDTC toolkits in this conference along with discussions on how these toolkits can be distributed and used in the country context.
It is mentioned that since 2009 a group of 24 Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs) from 13 countries across the region is acting as UNESCO Bangkok RDTCs. As part of their agreed activities the RDTC members distribute UNESCO’s resources, carried out related training activities for local teachers and educators, took a lead to monitoring and evaluation of their activities as part of their research work, and participate in the UNESCO annual Regional Seminars. Dhaka TTC is one of these TEIs after being nominated UNESCO RDTC for Bangladesh in last year, and Dhaka TTC and Access to Information (a2i) Programme jointly arranged this conference in cooperation with UNESCO Dhaka as agreed proposal.