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2023-01-26 09:13:26 BdST

Take steps to train every student as a scout to build Smart Bangladesh: PM Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to take steps for imparting scout training to students in the country’s educational institutions to develop them as worthy citizens for building Smart Bangladesh.

“You will have to take steps so that every student of all educational institutes would obtain scouting training. If so, I believe the worthy citizens would be developed in our country for building Sonar Bangla (golden Bengal) or smart Bangladesh,” she said pointing at Bangladesh Scouts and the ministries related to education.

The premier said this while inaugurating the 32nd Asia-Pacific and 11th National Scout Jamboree at National Scout Training Center, Mouchak, Gazipur.

Bangladesh Scouts is hosting the 9-day regional and national scout jamboree on 19-27 January 2023.

Noting that  there are now 22 lakh scouts in Bangladesh and a target to raise it to 30 lakh by 2030,  Hasina said she wants every student to get scout training not only a  select group.

In the event, the PM unveiled a commemorative postage stamp marking the regional and national jamboree.

PM’s former principal secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad, who is also President of Bangladesh Scouts, also spoke at the event.

Dr Mozammel Haque Khan, Chairman of Jamboree Organizing Committee and also Chief National Commissioner of Bangladesh Scouts, delivered the welcome speech.

About 11,000 scouts including 8,000 scout members, 1,000 unit leaders and international service team (IST) members from Asia Pacific region particularly from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, the Maldives, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, USA, Canada and Germany participated in this jamboree.

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