Health Desk: May 9, 2017— Speakers in a participatory discussion said more community participation is needed to free the society from the curse of child marriage as it's a precondition to achieving the sustainable development goals.
They viewed flourishing their latent talents together with building them as educated could be the vital means of founding Bangladesh as a dignified nation in near future.
The observations came at a coordination meeting on how to prevent community level child marriage at Jahanabad Union Parishad Hall room under Mohanpur Upazila of Rajshahi district on Monday.
The Hunger Project Bangladesh (THPB) organised the discussion in association with 'Safe School Campaign for Girls Student' and 'Her Choice'Programme.
More than 34 members of the civil society including public representatives, members of civil society, headmasters and managing committee members from different schools were present in the meeting.
With UP Chairman Emaj Uddin Khan in the chair, political leaders Hazrat Ali, Shamsul Alam, UP Member Rina Begum and its secretary Nusrat Parveen and school teacher Jeker Ali spoke on the occasion.
During his keynote presentation, Subrata Kumar Paul, area coordinator of THPB, said responsive support from the community, especially public representatives, teachers, parents and members of the civil society, has become a must for reducing child marriage substantially and sustainably.
He said eradicating child marriage is imperative to creating a glorious Bangladesh and building a social resistance against child marriage is important. He said the programmes intend to involve the community people so that they can play a pivotal role in changing the social mindset on child marriage.
It is vital to increase awareness regarding the negative impacts of early marriage with the help of the mass media.