Terrorism, Religious Intolerance and Ethnic Conflict Issues in the National Education Policy - 2010 of Bangladesh: An Exploratory Study
Keywords:National Education Policy 2010, terrorism, religious intolerance, ethnic intolerance, education
Education is considered an instrument to combat the problems of terrorism,Â religious antagonism and ethnic intolerance. Bangladesh has been experiencing itsÂ share of these problems along with other South Asian countries. The recent adoptionÂ of the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2010 has been an opportunity to considerÂ how the education system can help address these problems. However, a lack ofÂ consensus about interpretations of the issues of terrorism, ethnicity and Â ntoleranceÂ among the major political parties and different religious groups has stymied thisÂ effort. NEP-2010 may be seen as a victim of politico-religious disagreementsÂ among stakeholders, especially due to a strong position from a part of the IslamicÂ community. The three issues are interrelated in the sense that, firstly, they emergeÂ from a lack of respect for diversity, and secondly, the problems arise as much fromÂ ideological views, as from social and economic conditions. By considering theseÂ realities, this paper will examine how the problems have been recognized andÂ attempted to counter in NEP. Empirical dataon peopleâ€™s perception on NEP and theÂ three issues have been used to buttress the arguments.
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