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Honourable Sheikh Hasina
Honourable Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh


As people voted me to power, they have also given a lot of responsibilities to me. In many ways, these responsibilities relate to the well-being of children. If children remain on the streets, my mission will not be fulfilled. We are also thinking of providing light meal at primary and secondary schools in order to increase the student retention level…In our new education policy, we will look into how working children… can be included in the formal schooling system." - From http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/bangladesh_49044.html

Mr. Advocate Mostafizur  Rahman
Mr. Advocate Mostafizur Rahman
Hon'ble Minister
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh


"Everybody is expecting quality education. We have been working hard to this end. Considering the importance of quality education, we want to place the right person on the right task. It is the time to utilize all our skills and ability for the development of children so that children in future can move forward to build their lives." - From remarks at a roundtable discussion on education organized by CAMPE.

Ms. Meher Afroze Chumki, MP
Ms. Meher Afroze Chumki, MP
Hon'ble State Minister
Ministry of Women and Children Affairs
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh


"Children are the foundation of nation-building. Ensuring a natural environment for the growth and development of children will enable today's children to be citizens in the future who will devote themselves to promoting the welfare of the country and the nation. It is the duty of the state and every family to provide proper nutrition and healthy living environment for physical growth of children; and to offer proper education, recreation, care and love for their mental development." - From the statement at the celebration of World Children's Day and Child Rights Week 2014.

Ms. Rasheda K. Choudhury
Ms. Rasheda K. Choudhury
Executive Director
Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)


"Education is a right of every individual, not just an opportunity… as a nation we have recognized this right… at this point of celebration for the approval of Comprehensive ECCD Policy, our concern now should be with quality and accessibility for all… the policy has all the directions and mechanisms to move ahead; now we need the political will to move forward, which requires a positive stand from all organizations involved in this journey."
- From remarks at the National ECD Conference 2014.

Dr. Manzoor Ahmed
Dr. Manzoor Ahmed
Chairperson
Bangladesh ECD Network (BEN)


"…together we have achieved one milestone of adopting the Comprehensive ECCD policy; now the challenge is to implement the policy and institute monitoring to ensure quality in every step… the focus should be on quality of services offered. Importance should be given to enhancing the mechanisms to uphold quality."
- From remarks at the National ECD Conference 2014.