Bangladesh’s 10 Minute School wins another award

Aiman Sadiq, right, received the award from Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA). (AN photo)
Updated 11 December 2017
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Bangladesh’s 10 Minute School wins another award

DHAKA: The 10 Minute School and its founder Ayman Sadiq on Sunday won the best e-learning award from the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA).
The competition is organized annually in a bid to boost regional cooperation in information and communication technologies.
The school teaches more than 150,000 students online throughout Bangladesh for free. Sadiq, recently won the queen’s young leaders award 2018, which recognizes exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth of Nations.
A graduate from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, Sadiq said he established the school to overcome the prohibitive cost of a good-quality education.
“I want to make the 10 Minute School a one-stop solution for every branch of education,” he told Arab News.
“My first and foremost concern is to overcome the economic and geographic barriers of quality education, so all students in the country can have easy access to educational content.”
Since its launch on May 17, 2015, the school has already served more than 5 million Bangladeshi students.
“I hope from next month to provide online education coaching to 450,000 students every day. It will create a revolution in the virtual education system,” said Sadiq.
“At present, we provide two interactive live classes six days per week. Apart from school and college syllabuses, we also provide life-skills education, including coaching on software applications and uses, presentation skills, CV preparing and so on.” Every day, around 15,000 students receive live coaching from the virtual school.
“Such innovative initiatives are highly encouraging for people, and will make a strong footprint in changing society,” said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zahidur Rahman, chairman of the computer science department at BRAC University.
The school is supported and sponsored by the government’s information and technology division, and private mobile phone operator Robi Axiata.


What We Are Reading Today: Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia

Updated 22 February 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia

The book is a moving firsthand account of migrant landings on the island of Lampedusa that gives voice to refugees, locals, and volunteers while also exploring a deeply personal father-son relationship. 

“The island of Lampedusa, as the Italian playwright and journalist Davide Enia explains in this quiet yet urgent memoir, is territorially European but belongs tectonically to nearby Africa,” states Steven Heighton in a review published in The New York Times. 

For some 20 years, migrants and refugees launching from Africa have been arriving on this remote, treeless outpost, hoping to travel on to the European mainland. 

“Structurally, the book attests that a sincere engagement with global crises can grow only from a soil of sympathy that’s local and personal,” Heighton added.

A reviewer commented on goodreads.com: “Enia reawakens our sense of wonder at the existential nature, the true terror and dangerousness inherent in the refugee journey by sea. And in the process, he reawakens our compassion.”