Community Radio and Education for All: Bangladesh Perspective

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF5 Sub-theme: Cross-cutting Themes // In Bangladesh Non Government Organizations (NGOs) are catering basic education simultaneously with the Government Organizations (GOs). It seems that NGOs' activities are mostly featured with fund derivation and high cost. It is also project based tailor-made. These activities seriously lack in coordination, which are resulted in neo-illiterate, neo-drop outs and also lack in continuity in education in the broadband national activity. Due to diversity and potentiality of the Distance and Open Learning (ODL) system, Bangladesh Open University (BOU) as only ODL public institution can play a vital role through Community Radio (CR) as a catalyst institution for networked learning through using its academic, institutional resources and potentials. It can create an educational development platform to work together with NGOs, GOs and other social activists within the concerned realm of focus sharing with others’ experiences around the globe. At the first phase, all that we need to do is to formulate a policy framework guided by a holistic approach in a clear conceptual working environment. This is followed by ensuring effectively coordinated activities of partners and alliances in the field of education for an auto regenerating system approach with the modality of community radio. There are reasons to believe that this system can help accomplishing the goal for quality education for all. The context of this Community Radio connectivity is also to activate and perpetuate the ODL system as a Junction Station, which looks like an indispensable phenomenon to be created right at the moment. The paper will attempt to find out a modality, flexible enough to work together with the cross cultural activists for all of those are engaged in alternative to conventional schooling as well as conventional schooling with NGO's, GO’s and other pro-active partners in the education sector, especially engaged in eradicating illiteracy, basic education, continuing education, adult education and so on. // Paper ID 641