Queen's University

Faculty of Education hosts Bangladeshi officials

 
2010-06-22

Four officials from the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance are attending a professional development program organized by the Faculty of Education.

The program focuses on planning, implementing and evaluating internationally-funded development projects. Each official will be proposing a development project to the Bangladeshi government and/or international funding agencies when the group returns to Bangladesh in July.

“One of the many benefits is that the program connects Queen’s to another area of the world,” says Cal Bowry, manager of Continuing Teacher Education and Professional Learning Services at Queen’s and coordinator of the program. “Having people here from a completely different context exposes us to a different reality and I think that’s extremely important in an educational institution.”

Queen’s Faculty of Education has an ongoing relationship with the government of Bangladesh, and this is the fifth group of government officials to visit Queen’s for professional development.

Visitors from Bangladesh have been embraced by the local Bangladeshi community in Kingston. “That community has contributed much to the success of these programs,” says Mr. Bowry. “I can’t say enough about what they’ve done to make the participants feel welcome and at home after their long journey.”

On Wednesday, June 23, the Bangladeshi officials will present their projects at a special symposium at Duncan McArthur Hall from 3:30 to 5 pm. Topics include rural livelihood, women’s development, and sanitation. For more information call 613-533-3195.
 

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