Different Streams of Education
In general, we think that schools, colleges and universities
are the institutions where we can be educated. The first
stream of education is informal education, the second stream
is non-formal and the latest stream of education is formal
education, which we get in many educational institutions.
Informal education we get from the very beginning of our
lives, from the family and environment in which we live.
This education prepares a person for their future. Education
which we get informally teaches us the culture, social norms
and values and is the base of all education. Though no certificate
is given for this education, it is the most important stream
of our life. It is this learning that helps a person adjust
with the new and unexpected circumstances and solve problems.
If family members create a better environment, children
are sure to be able to deal with any situation. They will
be able to play important roles in our society. Therefore,
informal education is very important and for that family
plays a very important role for a child.
Risk of AIDS Epidemic
I admire the hard work of the writer, Naimul Haq, who collected
all the information and wrote a feature titled "An
Epidemic Waiting To Happen". The writer has reflected
the existing trend of the disease in a clear and convincing
way. Being a doctor and a socially conscious citizen, I
read the entire feature with attention. To see pictures
of very poor girls selling their bodies and addicts made
me feel guilty! Anyone reading the article would admire
the writer's hard work and his concern for the well being
of our nation. I particularly appreciate the expressive
photos, which is bound to stimulate the conscience of our
policy makers! I hope our policy makers will take steps
to minimise or prevent these issues.
Dr. Lailun Nahar
Satellite networks have given us a wide range of channels
and choice of programmes. Most of these channels are under
the control of different private companies and individuals,
who, in turn, produce and broadcast many programmes that
are sometimes inappropriate. In fact, the youth of today
are concentrating more on, provocative and low grade programmes.
They become detached from reality and are being deceived
by the influence of the weird images and the colourful presentations
of celluloid. They emulate the way of dressing and the overall
attitude of the characters. Children spend hours watching
TV and that affects their studies, sleep and outdoor activities.
According to nerve specialists, the present generation of
children suffer from various nervous disorders and the number
is increasing further due to excessive TV watching and computer
game playing. Programmes with high sexual content and violence
lead the minds of our youth towards destructive tendencies.
In many cases, our youngsters even involve themselves in
acts of murder and rape, imbuing TV scenes. Is there anyone
to take note of the cultural impact of the cable on our
I am a new reader of SWM and for the last two months I have
been reading it regularly. From the first issue I have read,
I was pleased with the contents of the entire magazine.
No doubt SWM is a good publication and is turning out to
be the leading weekly in our country. All the columns and
articles are of good quality and are really enjoyable to
its readers. SWM makes me wait for every weekend, especially
Dhaka Diary and Write to Mita. Sometimes when SWM drops
the Mita column, I feel sad because I really enjoy reading
I am a regular reader of SWM and I like all the articles
in it. I am really impressed with the recent changes including
the gift of added pages starting from the anniversary issue.
I would like to offer a suggestion to SWM. Why not put in
a column for short cut and logical mathematics in order
to enhance the reader's intelligence.
I read SWM, which deals with the important issues and problems
that our younger generation face regularly. For example,
the cover story in the July 23rd issue, "In a State
of Denial," on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Bangladesh
was extremely relevant. AIDS is a matter of concern in our
country. It will reach unmanageable proportions unless our
nation makes an effort to educate our illiterate people.
This is no trifling matter and necessary steps should be
taken to solve the problem. We do not want this epidemic
to develop further.
MD Belal Hossain
of Politicians during the Flood
Most of the country is under floodwater now and the suffering
of the poor people is unimaginable. Still the political
parties are blaming each other for the scarcity of aid.
When the people are sinking in the floodwater, don't these
politicians feel some sense of responsibility? Please open
your eyes and see the sufferings of the flood hit people,
the humanity within you will tell you about your responsibilities
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