At a captivating event held at the Celebrity Hall of the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Center, 9 distinguished and beloved teachers of the country were honored as “Priyo Shikkhok”.
The event was inaugurated on 5 October 2022 and since then till the deadline a total of 1,779 teachers were nominated via online and offline submission. 201 teachers at the primary level and 1,578 teachers at the secondary level have received nominations for this honor.
From these nominations, 9 teachers were selected by a jury panel to be recognised as “Priyo Shikkhok” in the 2022 Priyo Shikkhok Finale. The recognised teachers are: Nurul Islam, senior teacher of Eidgah Adarsha Shiksha Niketon, Cox’s Bazar; Md Touhidul Islam Sarkar, senior teacher of Lalmonirhat Government Girls High School; Zahurul Haque Chowdhury, former head teacher of Taluk Jamira BL High School, Gaibandha; Jannat Ara Begum, senior assistant teacher of Mostafa Begum Government Primary School, Chittagong; Md Fazlur Rahman, head teacher of Eidgah Girls’ High School, Dinajpur; Fauzia Haque Beethi, assistant teacher, Belkuchi Government Primary School, Bogra; Deepak Ranjan Das, principal, Dasher Bazar High School, Moulvibazar; Dilruba Khatun, head teacher of Dhadash Government Primary School, Rajshahi; Dipendra Chandra Bhattacharya, former senior teacher of Victoria High School, Moulvibazar.
Present as the chief guest on the event was Shamsul Alam, state minister of the Planning Ministry of Bangladesh. In addition, the vice-chancellors of multiple top Universities in Dhaka were present, alongside high-ranking teachers from various schools, colleges, universities.
Mominul Islam, managing director and CEO of IPDC, among other senior officials of the organisation, also participated in the programme
“Teachers are the key artisans of nation building. To reach Bangladesh to the status of a developed country by 2041, and establish a respectable place for her on global stage, we are diligently working towards the improvement of our education sector, and teachers are at the frontline of this endeavor. However, it is also our responsibility to ensure that our teachers receive the respect, recognition, and dignity that they deserve. I extend my heartiest gratitude to IPDC for taking such a wonderful initiative to fulfill that responsibility,” State Minister for Planning Shamsul Alam said.
Speaking on the occasion, IPDC CEO and MD Mominul Islam said, “The role of teachers in shaping our lives, in building the nation, and making Bangladesh a developed country is undeniable, and they cannot be repaid in any way. Through this humble endeavor, we are honored to recognize our beloved teachers across the country. If we follow this sacrifice of our beloved teachers and shape our lives, we will succeed in building a humane, creative and economically prosperous country.”
Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman said, “A teacher plays a unique role in the formation of society, state and country, beyond his teaching. We are proud to honor these achievers. They are not only our favorite teachers, but our favorite personalities. Together with IPDC, we will continue this initiative in the future and work together with teachers to ensure the welfare, prosperity, success and victory of Bangladesh.”
The initiative, first arranged in 2019, aims to establish a stronger and more honorific societal perception of primary and secondary level school teachers and their contribution to society. In continuation of the success of the first three seasons, IPDC and Prothom Alo jointly organised the Priyo Shikkhok Shommanona award for the 4th time.