Md Sharif Iqbal
My name is Sharif Iqbal. I have been educated at the University of Dhaka (BSc in Microbiology) and University of Helsinki (MSc in Cell and Molecular Biology). I am deeply interested to understand the biological mechanisms of ageing and age-related diseases such as cancer (my on-going PhD, University of Helsinki). While doing my MSc and PhD in Finland, I have had the opportunity of directly observing the Finnish education system- which is one of the best in the world.
Finland believes that education is truly a major cornerstone for building a welfare society. Holding such belief, Finland developed itself to an envious apex, where it offers equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender and social status- which is what other countries are striving to emulate. As it seems paradoxical - Finnish education structure allows students to have plenty of recess time, and less emphasis on home-works and tests. As classism is least evident in education, and society, at large-Finland does not have much crime, drug abuse, depression or racial division. This is how, Finland is consistently ranked to be a world’s least corrupted and takes the pride to be happiest & peaceful country in the world.
As opposed to Finland, Bangladeshi education system is plagued with classism, over-loaded home works, tests & ill-competition, lack of creative & real life-orientated well-structured syllabus, lack of well-trained teachers- to name only a few. Much of the country’s social, economic & welfare problems could be rooted back to this frail education system, as education constitutes very first & foremost foundation for building a healthy & balanced society. Therefore, this defective education system must require a transformative change. As Finnish education system tops any country, Bangladeshi education system could be revamped taking Finland as a model. But, this is a substantially challenging job to transform Bangladeshi education system, which has >16 million registered students in primary schools; >22 million registered students in secondary schools & >15 million registered students in tertiary institutions. However, as like me, thousands of well-trained Bangladeshi expatriates are keen, but lacking a synergistic platform to contribute towards the betterment of our country’s education and welfare system.
Hence, I am working, and aiming to further promote ‘digital reverse-brain-draining’ a program, under which Bangladeshi expatriates from all over the world can voluntarily educate and train teachers, students & education personnel via online at free of costs in any part of the Bangladesh. This knowledge remittance could be one way how Bangladesh could be effectively benefited from the hard-earned expertise of the expatriates, and expatriates would get a noble solace- living thousands of miles away from the beloved motherland.