Sep 19, 2013

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Indigenous Students Call For Education In Native Language

Following the National Education Day, indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts demanded that they have the opportunity to learn in their native language, that a 5% higher education quota for the indigenous community be installed, and that the 1997 CHT Peace Accord be properly implemented. 

Below is article published by the Dhaka Tribune:

The National Education Day was observed on Tuesday in the hill districts of Rangamati and Bandarban with a call to introduce primary education to the indigenous people in their mother tongue and implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.

Hill Students Council, Rangamati unit, organised the programme at the district administration compound.

Pahari Chhatra Parishad president Basu Chakma presided over the function while its central committee president Trijinad Chakma was present as the chief guest.

The district committee vice-president of Hill Students Council, Antik Chakma, presented welcome speech at the programme.

In their address, the discussants demanded 5% education quota for indigenous community in higher educational institutions.

They said the government must ensure equal educational facilities for the community including establishing educational rights for them under the peace treaty.

Ripesh Chakma, vice-president, central committee, PCP, Dipesh Chakma, Rangamati Collage unit general secretary, and Jhumur Chama, finance secretary, Hill Women Federation, were, among others, present at the programme.

In Bandarban, the district Pahari Chhatra Parishad brought out a procession on Tuesday morning demanding the same rights for the indigenous people.

Later, the district PCP leaders organised a gathering in the town’s Moddhompara area.

The speakers called upon the government to implement the peace treaty and provide them with educational rights in their mother tongue.

Among others, PCP General Secretary Ubaching Marma, its town unit leader Ongsheching Marma and the district unit President Mosto Marma, among others, spoke at the programme.