UGC Chairman inaugurates Communication for Development (C4D) national workshop

UGC Chairman inaugurates Communication for Development (C4D) national workshop

The inaugural ceremony of a three-day long national workshop on ‘Fostering curriculum and research in Communication for Development (C4D) among academic institutions of Bangladesh to achieve results for Bangladesh’ was held at a city hotel on 20 August 2017. The three day workshop jointly organized by University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) began at UGC auditorium today (21 August 2017) that will end on 23 August 2017.

Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, UGC inaugurated the workshop as the Chief Guest while Mr. Edouard  Beigbeder, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh was present as the Special Guest.

Welcoming the Unicef initiative, the UGC Chairman said that the workshop will play a significant role to value add to the enhancement of higher education of the country. He also said that C4D is very essential for socio-economic development of Bangladesh.

He observed that child marriage, sanitation and children rights issues are still a concern of Bangladesh adding that involving universities is a good step to address these problems.

In his welcome speech, Mr. Edouard Beigbeder said that Bangladesh has been successful in using C4D to advance development goals including the rights of children and their communities. Universities have a key role to play in preparing students with competencies to work in C4D. C4D involves understanding people, their beliefs and values, the social and cultural norms that shape their lives.

Dr. Rafael Obregon, Chief, C4D Section, UNICEF, New York Headquarters, presented the keynote paper at the programme. Dr. David Mould, Professor (Emeritus), Ohio University, USA and Ms. Neha Kapil, Chief, C4D Section, UNICEF, Bangladesh also delivered speeches on the occasion.

Professor Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, Member, UGC, Dr. Md. Khaled, Secretary, UGC, representatives from 16 public and private universities, high-officials from UNICEF and UGC, among others, were present on the occasion.