Asia Foundation donates 5,376 books in Jamalpur

The Asia Foundation Bangladesh organized a book donation event on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Upazila Hall Room, Upazila Complex, Islampur, Jamalpur, to donate approximately 5,376 Bangla and English language books worth approximately 24.5 lakh taka to 32 local schools.

Through the event, The Asia Foundation promoted the role of books for developing reading and literacy among students and school teachers of the Jamalpur district. The administration of Islampur Upazila, Jamalpur, has extended their friendly support to organize this event in Jamalpur. This book donation event was a union of young readers, students, teachers, Book donation in jamalpurEducation Officers, and local leaders with The Asia Foundation Bangladesh to emphasize the role of books in building the future of Bangladesh.

The Parliament Member (Islampur) Ms. Mahjabeen Khaled Mossharaf, attended the event as the Chief Guest. Mr. Hasan Mazumdar, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation Bangladesh, and Mr. Masumur Rahman, UNO, Islampur Upazila, Jamalpur, attended as Special Guests in this event. Ms. Jibon Ara, Upazila Education Officer, Islampur Upazila, Mr. Nabin Nawaz Khan Bipul, Chairman, Islampur Upazila, and Abdul Kader Sheikh, Mayor, Islampur Upazila, were also present at the event.

The Chief Guest and Special Guests talked about the importance of promoting reading among students and teachers, and also encourage the enhancement of  girls’ education through their speeches.

The Asia Foundation Bangladesh donates more than 50,000 new books annually in all seven divisions to approximately 500 academic institutions, libraries, and nonprofit and government offices with library facilities.

About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchanges are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2014, we provided more than $108 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $11 million.