Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised today (March 17, 2022) that the country’s children will have a bright future.
“We want to give the children a bright future.” “I’ve also devised long-term plans to achieve this,” she added.
This solid conviction was expressed by the Premier during a program titled “Tungipara: Hridoye Pitribhumi” held at the Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex, Tungipara in Gopalganj on the occasion of the 102nd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day-2022.
The National Implementation Committee for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary Celebration, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, organized the event, which included a debate and a cultural soiree.
Bangladesh has now been designated as a developing country, according to Sheikh Hasina. “Without a doubt, we’ll turn Bangladesh into the developed and rich ‘Sonar Bangla.'” She went on to say, “It’s our promise.”
“I’ve made a plan regarding how this Bangladesh would evolve until 2100,” she remarked, referring to her government’s Vision-2041 and Delta Plan-2100.
“Our goal is that our children would remain safe and have a lovely life,” the head of government stated, noting that her government’s initiatives focus on making the future of children brighter and decent.
This year’s theme for National Children’s Day is “Bangabandhur Janmodiner Ongikar, Sokol Shishur Soman Odhikar” (Equal Rights for All Children, Bangbandhu’s Birthday Commitment).
The National Anthem was played first, followed by the title tune from “Mujib Borsha.” “Tungipara: Hridoye Pitribhumi (Father’s Land in Heart)” was screened as an audiovisual presentation.
At the ceremony, Awami League leaders Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Muhammad Faruk Khan, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, National Implementation Committee Chief Coordinator Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, and Children’s Representative Sheikh Munia Islam addressed.
Among those, there were Bangabandhu’s grandsons, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser and Sheikh Hasina’s son, and Radwan Mujib Siddiq, Sheikh Rehana’s son.
Cabinet members, members of parliament, and AL central leaders were also present, as was Gopalganj Zila Parishad chairman and AL district unit president Chowdhury Emdadul Haque.
Although there had been a reign of killers, war criminals, Al-Badr, and Razakars (collaborators of Pakistani forces) in the country after the assassination of her family members, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also Bangabandhu’s eldest daughter, said she returned home to fulfil his father’s dream and change the fate of the people of Bangladesh.
“(I returned home) to assure that the children would not suffer the loss of family members like us, but would instead have a good and improved existence,” she continued.”
The Premier noted that the Father of the Nation loved children and that her government, which was created in 1996, declared March 17th as Children’s Day.
Bangabandhu liked to play with kids, she added, adding, “When he (Bangabandhu) was playing with kids, he seemed like a kid.”
She went on to say that it’s very bad that children were not spared in the 1975 devastation. Perhaps such things didn’t happen in the Karbala catastrophe, where no children or women were killed, she speculated.
“But on Bengali land, my father had to lose his life at the hands of Bengalis for whom he had risked his life, undergone years of incarceration, and established the dignity of a nation for them,” she continued. It’s the most vexing problem.”
After the Liberation War, Bangabandhu said he enshrined children’s rights in the Constitution, drafted a children’s rights law, and established care and protection centres for children in the war-torn country.
Following in the footsteps of Bangabandhu, her government, which came to power in 1996, took a number of efforts to improve the lives of children, including the building of schools in every district and measures to safeguard them from social threats such as terrorism and militancy, she said.
“Since regaining power in the 2008 election, we’ve done a lot more for the welfare of children,” Sheikh Hasina stated, citing different policies and regulations enacted for children during her administration.
She added the Awami League (AL) and its affiliate organisations will hold Mujib Year celebrations in Tungipara on different days from March 18 to 25. She went on to say that different dates had been set for the AL, Chhatra League, Jubo League, Swecchasebak League, Sramik League, Mahila Awami League, Jubo Mahila League, and others.
The Prime Minister also kicked off the six-day Mujib Borsha Folk Fair, which will take place at the Government Sheikh Mujibur Rahman College on March 21-26.