The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DoICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BRAC Kumon Limited (BKL) on the 23rd of January in Dhaka. The MoU was signed to introduce KUMON CONNECT, a digital method of learning in Sheikh Russel Digital Labs (SRDL) nationwide. The signatories of the MoU were the Director General of DoICT, Mostafa Kamal, and the Managing Director of BKL, Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed. The event was graced by the presence of Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, ICT Division, NM Zeaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary, ICT Division, Yuji Ando, Country Representative, JETRO Dhaka Office, and TANEMURA Hidekazu, Program Advisor of JICA Bangladesh Office.
In October 2022, after successfully hosting the Advanced Student Honor Roll (ASHR) Ceremony, BKL was asked to collaborate with DoICT for the implementation of Kumon Connect in the prestigious SRDL project. To meet the Government of Bangladesh’s Smart Bangladesh Vision 2041, the SRDL project’s objectives include developing a digitally and technologically well-equipped Bangladesh, ensuring quality education, enhancing employment skills, and developing the language competency of students.
During the event, State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak stated, "In order to develop a Smart Bangladesh, we require Smart Citizens. And in order to develop Smart Citizens, we need Smart Future Generations. And this is why we emphasize so much on BRAC Kumon since we believe that this is the first step to developing a new Learning Mechanism or Ecosystem. And we wholeheartedly believe that an estimated 13000 students by 2025, and 35000 students by the end of 2041 will be able to actively partake in the BRAC Kumon Sheikh Russel Digital Lab (SRDL), ”
Managing Director of BKL, Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed said, “We brought the Kumon Method to Bangladesh with the intention of completely removing children's need for rote learning and the hope that they can learn everything by themselves. After coming here today, I know that Abed's dream has really come true. Through this project, we will be able to spread the Kumon Method in Bangladesh with the help of the ICT Division.”
The Chief Representative of JETRO Bangladesh Office Yuji Ando said, “We are delighted that as a result of the partnership between Bangladesh Government's ICT department and BRAC Kumon, more children of Bangladesh will have the opportunity to experience Kumon. We are willing to provide all kinds of assistance required from our side in this regard.”
DoICT and BKL officials believe that similar improvements can be seen in Bangladesh’s students through the spread of the Kumon method in SRDLs.
Kumon Connect will first be launched at the Singra Damdama Pilot School & College in Natore.