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‘No alternative to digital edn’


Published : 20 Nov 2021 09:51 PM | Updated : 23 Nov 2021 12:02 PM

There is no alternative to digitalizing the entire education system. The three main challenges are creating digital content, digital connectivity and the availability of digital devices.

The country is now walking the path of blended education as it is difficult for Bangladesh to face all the challenges and transform education digitally in one step.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar made the remarks while speaking at a panel discussion titled 'Inclusive Access for Blended Education in Bangladesh' organized by the Ministry of Education, Department of Posts and Telecommunications, Department of ICT, Meta (Facebook) and ITU on Thursday night.

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He further said it will not be difficult to provide high speed broadband connectivity to every union of the country including remote areas char-islands through Bangabandhu Satellite.

Minister for Education Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Meta Global Head of Connectivity and Access Policy Monica Desai and ITU's Special Initiative Giga Chief Alexong participated in the online discussion as panellists.

NM Ziaul Alam, Senior Secretary, ICT Department presided over the function while Anu Chowdhury; A2I Program Policy Advisor conducted the programme.

The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications termed digital connectivity as the backbone of Digital Bangladesh and said optical fibre connectivity has been introduced to ensure high speed internet at every union level in the country. Free WiFi zones have already been set up in 56 educational institutions.

Not only that, doctors will be able to perform patient operations in remote areas through online platforms using Five-G technology, he said.

He called on Meta and ITU to help build the country's digital infrastructure.

Speaking on the occasion, the Education Minister reiterated that the present government is committed to digital transformation of the education system. She called on Meta and ITU to help in this regard.

The state minister for ICT said digital connectivity has spread in the country. He called on Facebook authorities to make not only text browsing but also interactive multimedia content free.

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