Enlightened humans with creative ideas are required for a progressive and developed country, speakers told Bishwo Shahitto Kendro’s (BSK) Nationwide Enrichment Programme (NEP), a book reading programme for students, launched yesterday at BIAM Model School and College in the capital’s Eskaton.
Being the sponsor of the programme, mobile financial service provider bKash will provide some 35,000 books to students of 400 schools and colleges in the country this year.
“You should definitely read textbooks because formal education helps you be established in life, but our books would give you joy, and you would be inspired to do something beautiful in your life”, said BSK’s founder chairman Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed.
Opening in 1978, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro or World Literature Centre, also known as Kendro, has been working towards creating the reading habit among school goers through its NEP. So far, 2,000 educational institutions and 200,000 students across the country have been covered under this programme.
bKash associated itself with this endeavour by providing 34,000 and 30,000 books in 2014 and 2015 respectively. “We constantly need to learn new ways for our survival and for that we need to read books,” said Kamal Quadir, chief executive officer of bKash. Yesterday, 30 out of BIAM’s 600 students, expected to be members of the reading programme, received story books at the ceremony.