Smart Education Festival was held with the goal of creating a smart education framework. The festival was organised by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) at the International Mother Language Institute, Segunbagicha, Dhaka from 29 to 31 May.
The festival marked the commencement of the smart education strategy aimed at implementing the new curriculum, with the ultimate goal of building a smart Bangladesh. The event featured twenty smart education activities, and people from all walks of life participated in ten seminars held during the festival.
During the inaugural ceremony of the Smart Education Festival, the Minister for Education, Dr. Dipu Moni, M. P., was present as the chief guest. In her address, Dr. Dipu Moni explained the plans and objectives of the festival, highlighting the importance of smart education in the development of Bangladesh's educational system.
Deputy Minister for Education, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, M. P.; Md. Kamal Hossain, Senior Secretary, Technical and Madrasah Education Division; Suleman Khan, Secretary, Secondary and Higher Education Division were present as special guests. Professor Md. Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury, Director (College and Administration), DSHE made the opeing remarks at the inaugural ceremony. The programme was chaired by Professor Nehal Ahmed, Director General, DSHE.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Dipu Moni emphasised the significance of smart citizens in building a smart Bangladesh. She highlighted that smart citizens can be developed through smart education, with a crucial element being the new curriculum. Dr. Dipu Moni expressed gratitude for the collective effort of partners and stakeholders invested in developing a robust curriculum.
During his speech as the special guest, Deputy Minister for Education, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, M. P., stated that the progression from Digital Bangladesh to Smart Bangladesh is the next logical step. Smart education was highlighted as a crucial tool in realising this vision. The main goal set forth was to break away from conventional practices and norms.
BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BRAC IED) actively participated in the event, showcasing a diverse range of materials focused on Early Childhood Development (ECD), mental health, and learning through play at their stall. In BRAC’s play-based Play Labs, children can engage in play-based learning and activities that foster holistic childhood development. Like the BRAC Play Lab, the play materials are made using local materials collected at low or no cost. The Play Labs are designed to be child-friendly and fun-filled and spread out over children's imaginary worlds.
Several educational institutions exhibited different themes with stalls in this three-day festival.
A number of seminars and discussions took place in the festival. On the second day of the festival, Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education organised a seminar on “Smart Education for Smart Bangladesh”; Bangladesh Accreditation Council organised “Quality Assurance in Higher Education for Smart Bangladesh”; “Role of Madrasah Education in Building Smart Bangladesh” was organised by Directorate of Madrasah Education and “Smart TVET for Smart Bangladesh” conducted by Bangladesh Technical Education Board. A seminar on “Role of New Curriculum in Education in Building Smart Bangladesh” was also organised by National Curriculum and Textbook Board.
On the final day of the festival, Board of Secondary and Higher Education organised a seminar on “Smart Examination System for Implementation of Smart Education”; “Smart Teacher Training for Smart Education” was organised by National Academy of Education Management (NAEM); and seminar on “Non-Formal Early Childhood Development” was conducted by BRAC.