a2i Programme and Bishwo Shahitto Kendro co-hosted a seminar titled “Kishore Batayan (Konnect) in Achieving 21st Century Skills” on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in the presence of students and teachers from different schools and colleges of Dhaka. With the support of ICT Division, UNDP and USAID, a2i programme is working to realize the Digital Bangladesh agenda through quality co-curricular programs alongside the educational development initiatives. The renowned writer and educationist Professor Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was present as the guest of honor in the seminar.
Konnect is a medium to make the student ready and skilled for 21st century. It is equipped with suitable books, movies, comics, puzzles, practical science experiments and various interesting sections like news for the teens. Students from all over the country are participating in different competitions like District Branding program 'My District, My Pride' competition; book-reading program ‘Boier Patay Prodip Jole, Boier Pata Swopno Bole’ during the month of language (February) in collaboration with the Bishwo Shahitto Kendro; and digital content competition titled ‘Koishore Bangabandhu, Amar Koishore, Amar Shadhinota’ using Konnect. a2i Programme and Bishwo Shahitto Kendro awarded around 5000 students participating in these competitions with books and science-kits. Konnect is going to be a national platform for students for communication among themselves. It will open a new world of creative thinking for them. Students will find a virtual learning world in which they can get learn with joy while making productive use of their time.
The Honorable Prime Minister launched the Kishore Batayan (www.konnect.edu.bd) as a platform for healthy entertainment and intellectual development of the teens in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on 1st February, 2018. Konnect will be modern, innovative, practical, practice-oriented, in line with the 21st century demand and timely in development of youth skills. It will efficiently develop both personal skills (healthy diet, healthy living, leadership, social interaction, etc.) and social skills (understanding on gender concepts, environment and life, etc.). The Liberation War is the pride of our nation. Konnect can help stir patriotism and ownership among the students through making available cinema and books based on Liberation War.
a2i’s e-Learning specialist Professor Faruque Ahmed, a2i’s Educational Technology Expert Mohammed Rafiqul Islam from a2i programme; Director (Secondary) of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education Department Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Mannan; Research Officer Farhana Akhter from Department of Women Affairs; senior officials from UNFPA, World Vision, Save the Children, Bangladesh Scouts, UNESCO, Children Film Society, Onno Rokom, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, and other development partner organizations; and media personnel were present in the seminar.