At a time when the government is continuously propagating its achievements in terms of the development works they have done, it is frustrating to learn that there are still villages in the country where there are no primary schools. One such village is Rangamati's Barkal upazila's Koiturkhil Marma Para, home to about 50 Marma and Chakma families. And it is not only that there is no school in the village; the villagers are also deprived of basic amenities such as electricity, safe drinking water and even healthcare.
The situation of the village goes to show our indifference towards the indigenous communities living in the country's hill districts and plain lands. Why are they still deprived of their basic rights such as the right to education and health, which are constitutionally granted to them? And having no school in an indigenous village simply denies indigenous children their right to learn in their mother tongue, as stated in our National Education Policy 2010.
Bangladesh aspires to become a developing country soon. But can that dream be achieved when a section of its people still lag behind in many aspects of national life?
We urge the government to set up a school in the village on priority basis so that over 100 children of the village do not have to go to a distant school just to get primary education. Since the villagers have already given a piece of land for the school and all the paperwork has been done, this should not take much time. In addition, it must be ensured that the village gets all the basic facilities that other villages enjoy.