|Published : 18 Oct 2016, 19:33:47 | Updated : 18 Oct 2016, 19:42:06|
Wage social movement against drug abuse, militancy: Hamid
President Md Abdul Hamid has urged all, specially the scouts, to build a social movement against drug abuse and militancy. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 45th national council of Bangladesh Scouts on Tuesday.
The president also underscored the need for expanding the welfare activities of the scouts and said scouting is an appropriate platform to prepare the country’s youths as worthy citizens.
Abdul Hamid said he is happy to know that scouting will be the world’s largest educational youth movement in 2023 when 100 million young scouts will work in their respective community for a positive change.
He said there are 1.5 million scouts in Bangladesh and there is a target to increase the number of scouts to 2.1 million when the country will celebrate 50 years of its independence in 2021.
He urged the authorities concerned to increase the number of girl scouts as the number of girl scouts is only 180,000 in the country now.
He said the government has already approved "Bangladesh scouting expansion and construction of scout Shatabdi Bhaban project' at a cost of Tk 1.22billion (Tk 122 crore). A project 'expansion of Bangladesh scout in primary schools (4th phase) under Primary and Mass Education Ministry awaits the government's approval, he said, adding that this project would play an important role in expanding scouting activities in the country, according to a news agency. - bz