'Learn from Bangabandhu's life to take Bangladesh forward'
The United Nations declared the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. But 15 years before the international treaty, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman enacted the Child Rights Act in 1974 to protect children and ensure their rights.
Keeping in mind that children will be key in building the future of newly independent Bangladesh, Bangabandhu gave importance to protecting the rights of children.
Due to Bangabandhu's far-reaching thoughts, the children of that time have become the guides to take today's Bangladesh forward, said a statement from the FBCCI.
Today's children also need to learn from Bangabandhu's life philosophy, love the country and prepare to take the country forward.
These words were uttered by FBCCI President Md Jashim Uddin in his welcome speech on the second day of the 16-day gala celebration "Bijoye 50 Bochhor: Laal Shobujer Mohotshob" organised by the country's apex trade body.
The event was held at the amphitheater adjacent to Hatirjheel in the capital.
The FBCCI chief said that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is determined to building a better future for the children following the path of Bangabandhu.
As part of the initiative, she has launched free textbooks and free education programmes across the country.
Dipu Moni, Minister for Education, was present as the chief guest on the occasion.
Salman F Rahman, adviser to the prime minister for private industry and investment, said 50 years of independence was a great event for a nation.
"So, the private sector decided to celebrate this gala ceremony under the apex trade body FBCCI."
Mahbubur Rahman, a former president of the FBCCI, said that adults have a responsibility to create a conducive environment for children to become ideal citizens.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md Atiqul Islam said that 24 parks are being set up in the DNCC that will remain open for children and teenagers.
At the end of the brief speeches of the guests, a cultural programme was held where children and teenagers performed. Later, musical bands Spondon and Dhruvatara also performed.
On Friday evening, a women's event will be held. Speaker of Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will be present as the chief guest.