BHP Director John Richards recently published an article in the Daily Star, Bangladesh’s leading English-language newspaper. He and co-author Shahidul Islam of Queen’s University write, “The good news is that politicians, if they place high emphasis on school learning outcomes, can make significant improvements, even in neighbourhoods where children's families have few books and many parents are illiterate.” This is the situation in Balagram where we support OFP’s education programs, Bluebell School and the Early Learning Centres (photo).

“The only resource we can develop for certain is our human resources,” say Richards and Islam, “Bangladesh can realize a demographic dividend. However, to realize it we need to invest more on education and improve the education status of the next generation's work force. Good quality education is the necessary input. Period!” Working with USAID, Shahidul also produced this video about helping primary school children to improve reading and comprehension.

For economic development in Bangladesh, all of the next generation must learn to read and write

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Congratulations to IUBAT BScN graduate, Roshani Kandel who has just successfully completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Iowa, USA. The topic of Roshani’s DNP project was “Promotion of Skin Integrity among Long-term Care Residents”. During her recent thesis defense, Roshani described the challenges and successes of introducing a training program for nursing aides through the pandemic with its complex precautions and high staff turn-over. No easy task! Visiting faculty will remember that while a student Roshani was active in leading College of Nursing activities and participating in university-wide programs. Well done, Roshani!

In previous posts we described how the impact of BHP volunteers is being extended through Open Educational Resources distributed by Nurses International (NI). Our latest contribution creates access to administrative policies, templates, and tools that can be used by educational institutions for their nursing programs.

Dr. Karen Lund and Alex Berland originally developed these administrative resources, which now have potential for global impact. This continues the collaboration of BHP, IUBAT College of Nursing, and NI. Previously, the IUBAT English-medium BScN curriculum was converted by NI into an international resource that has been used in more than 140 countries.

Each jurisdiction has its own regulations related to nurse education programs. Because these materials are now “Open”, users can freely download and adapt them to comply with their regulatory environment. If you would like to contribute policies and procedures, please contact