7 decades of cultural exchange
British Council celebrates 70th anniversary of founding in Bangladesh
British Council President Stevie Spring CBE presenting a historic photograph to Education Minister Dipu Moni on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the British Council in Bangladesh. Photo: courtesy
Stevie Spring CBE, Chairman of the British Council, presenting a historic photograph to Minister of Education Dipu Moni on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the British Council in Bangladesh. Photo: courtesy
âWhen I was a student at Dhaka Medical College, I studied regularly at the British Council Library. It was a time when there was no internet and we had to rely on physical libraries to learn more about the world. For many students like us, the library was the perfect place to connect with the contemporary world, read world literature and famous international magazines. “
With these words, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni shared her memories with the British Council during a reception program on Monday celebrating its 70th founding anniversary in Bangladesh.
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In November 1951, the British Council opened an office at 17 Nazimuddin Road with only two employees.
At that time, his duties were mainly to organize visits by distinguished guests from the United Kingdom, to organize exhibitions and to respond to educational requests.
However, according to the Minister, over the past 70 years, this organization has evolved into an educational service provider, a center of cultural activities and an advocate for the empowerment of women and the inclusive community.
Speaking at the event, Tom Miscioscia, Bangladesh Director, British Council, said: âWe now have offices in three cities across the country with a team of over 200 staff, 95% of whom are Bangladeshis working with partner organizations in 64 districts of the country. . “
âIt’s very special to see all of our precious partners and friends here today who have helped us over the past 70 years to make an impact across the country,â he added.
Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, said: âAs a diplomat I have worked with the British Council for 30 years in many different countries, and I am constantly amazed and impressed with its ability to come out and to meet people, to dialogue with audiences and to be part of a thriving intellectual community.
Focusing on the British Council’s contribution to girls ‘education, Helen Grant, UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, said: ‘Through her’ English and Digital for Girls ‘Education’ program , EDGE, the British Council has reached over 13,000 marginalized girls, providing English and digital skills with the aim of building their confidence and helping them take more control over their life choices such as education, employment and marriage. “
Stevie Spring CBE, Chairman of the British Council, commented: âI am absolutely proud to see the extent of our work in Bangladesh. Our heritage, our common history and the cultural ties with the Bangladeshi people are very strong and I hope we have much more to share. companies to come. “