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With the theme, “Child Marriage and Child Labour can be Prevented if Quality Education is Ensured”, Meena Day was observed in the country on September 24. Different programmes and events that marked the day included:
► More than 500 children participated in an event organised by the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) at LGED Bhaban, Agargaon. Children were at the forefront of organising a drama, a puppet and a Muppet show at the programme. Afsarul Amin, Minister for Primary and Mass Education (MOPME) was present as the Chief Guest while Nance Webber, Chief of Communication for Development Section, UNICEF and Mr Kazi Akhter Hossain, Secretary of MOPME were present as special guests. Syamol Kanti Ghosh, Director General of DPE presided over the program.
► Enabling Environment for Child Rights (EECR) project organised a program at Korail slum at Banani. Mustafa Monwar, one of the creators of Meena was present as chief guest while Mira Mitra, Communication for Development specialist was present as special guest. The first Bangladeshi to climb the Mount Everest was also present at the event. Thirty slum children trained on interactive theatre staged a show on child marriage and child labour. Dhaka Information Office of UNICEF organised a screening of Meena.
► Unicef awarded the Meena Media Award to 32 journalists from print and electronic media for their outstanding work in promoting child rights during the last one year.
► Colourful processions, rallies, and discussions were organised at 17 government primary schools in three project upazilas of Bandarban district. Students, parents, teachers, officials of education department and members of School Management Committee participated actively in the programmes.
► Highlighting the theme of Meena Day, Sylhet based NGO Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) organised programmes at 75 unions.
► Other NGOs like Rupantar at Satkhira, SUS at Netrakona, BRAC at Cox’s Bazar and adolescent theatre group Bhorer Alo at Bogra held rallies, discussions and staged interactive popular theatre (IPT).
► TV channels and newspapers also covered Meena Day’s programmes held at different places across the country.
► All radio stations including Bangladesh Betar aired special programmes like drama and musical show on Meena.