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Science fair inspires students, parents

As national student numbers dwindle, one remote Bangladesh school is bucking a trend

Science fair inspires students, parents
Holy Cross bishop Ponen Paul Kubi of Mymensingh diocese opens the 3rd science fair at Ranikhong High School in Netrokona
Sumon Nongmin, Netrokona

January 31, 2011

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A remote Church-run school in Bangladesh says flagging student interest in science is a thing of the past thanks to a science fair it holds each year. Ranikhong High School in northeastern Netrokona district near the Indian border held its third science fair yesterday. Students and teachers from three neighboring schools also attended the event. Holy Cross bishop Ponen Paul Kubi of Mymensingh diocese opened the 22-stall daylong fair. “This science fair is an important way of inspiring and encouraging students. It can also develop their way of thinking and behavior, enable them to contribute to the family, society and country with their knowledge in the future,” the prelate told Associates of Mary Queen of Apostles (SMRA) Sister Mary Leoba, the school headmistress, says the fair is fulfilling its purpose as the number of science students is increasing at her school. She said the number of students taking up science around the country is falling, but at her school it has risen from just two to 22 in just three years. “Many students and parents think science is difficult and expensive. We’re proving it is not,” she said. Parents and students said the fair has opened their eyes. “Students in remote areas don’t have the facilities that city school students have. Besides formal education they can now learn more from such fairs and have more complete learning,” said one parent Abdur Razzak. He added that students from other schools have lot to learn from missionary schools. Nurjahan, 14, a 9th grade science student at the school has no regrets taking up the subject. “The fair encourages me to take science up. Sometimes, theoretical studies seem difficult but practical experiences help me to understand things easily,” she told   Related reports Church schools lauded for encouraging reading Bangladesh confirms help for Church schools Bangladesh education revamp gets Church nod ‘Mother Church’ celebrates 100 years   BA13084.1639
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