help link most valuable curricula worldwide -1 since 1945 end poverty system design-keynes and youth surviving ww2 & birth un; 2 since 1955 loving each other nations AS EU AM AF-journalist 0 at birth EU messina; west loves easst from 1962- conside japan and rising of two thirds of humans that mainly british empire excluded from win-win trade; 72 innovate for oorest new money- anything than pare printed by political supreme leaders- also design difference between zero sum currencies eg consumeing things up and win-win eg sharing actionable frontline knhow with every comminuity- 1976 entreprenurial revolution how to go beyong 3 biggest org forms west legalises 1982 intraprenurial redesign of big corportaes- 1984 health as way ahead to track global and digital inclusivity- 1984 all exponential timelines to 2020s celebrating millennials as first sd generation includin triple tranformation of edu- beyond classroom both to servive learning and www zooming. : Timelines for Humans & Machines – 1760 Q smith/watt –Glasgow U can everywhere’s peoples advance human lot with machines?
--2020s decade uniting communities to end viruses & app moore’s law 5g …0g 1970s – by 2030 machines have more analytic but less emotional power than humans- 1945 birth united nations san francisco- tech go post industrial & post-colonial knowhow search with norman macrae Economist post-ww2 sub-ed: end poverty possible if celebrate each others childrens futures. Norman’s experiential learning shaped as child whose dad world was british consular bcAsia 1st survey 62 japan, first job teen navigating planes ww2 over Myanmar ||Americas 1st usa 69 1st LatimAm; 51 interned time-life ; bc brazil 20||bio bon neumann 92 1st survey Russia 64; bc mosow embassy 35; bc&birth konisberg23!! West euro family summer holiday isle aram every 3 years 23-39; Cambridge last class Keynes 45; Economist from 48; only journalist messin birth of EU55 /
Every decade since 1950s my family has published a genre on this is the most exciting decade to be alive that's been true -as well as entrepreneurially transformative - in that we have interpreted gordon moore's 5G 2020s to 0G 1970s countdown until machines emulate human brainpower analytically but not emotionally as setting deadlines for everywhere at least orbiting in exponentially positive directions on each sdg because norman macrae died in 2010, this is the first decade his family and friends have been without his direct guidance< can you help us? if you go to and search you will find about 100 leaders who we believe are at least approximately on orbits that unite our species in celebrating how our children can be the first sd generation- we need your votes for people from every culture who can join in- we also welcome segmented tours - eg which billionaires are helping most? 2020-Although the virus is a fearsome trial we can at least zoom together, and perhaps get back to one of norman's 2 overall hypotheses: 21st c needs to maximise 3 types of lifelong learning virtual classroom and community frontline service- his other hypothesis written in 1984 metrics on health getting more universally affordable would determine whether we were designing global and local connectivity maps in safe as well as growth for all
Back to www.normanmacrae.comSDG education revolutionCommentaryFriends and FamilyFuture HistoryBiographycoming - books.. diary 2020

Norman Macrae, having survived teenage navigation of RAF planes bomber command world war 2 over modern-day myanmar/bangladesh, joined The Economist in 1949, and retired as the deputy editor of what he called "the world's favourite viewspaper" in 1988. During that time, he wrote extensively on the future of society and the impact of technology. Norman foresaw species sustainability as being determined by post-colonial and virtual mapmaking- 5G 4G 3G 2G 1G 0G if 60s tech could race to moon and Moore alumni promised 100 times more machine intel every decade TO 2025, let's end poverty mediating/educating a world of loving each others' children- so that wherever the next millennials girl is born she enjoys great chance to thrive.

Soon Norman was celebrating his wartime enemy's rising engineers and win-win sme supply chains across far east and very concerned that tod down constitutions english speaking nations led by political bureaucrats wasn't fit for entrepreneurial revolution-he co-opted a young romani prodi to translate Economist 1976 ER survey into multilingual formats

Amongst some of his more outlandish claims: that governments would not only reverse the nationalisation process and denationalise formerly private industries, but would also sell industries and services that had been state operated for so long that it seemed impossible that they could be run by private companies. A pioneer before the pioneers, Macrae imagined privatised and competing telecommunications and utility companies improving service levels and reducing prices.

When others saw arms build-ups as heralding World War III, Macrae predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall by the end of the 1980's.

The Norman Macrae Archive serves as an on-line library, hosting a growing collection of Macrae articles, newspaper columns and highlights from his books. We hope that you find the articles thought provoking and zoom, twitter or question us - norman's son

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

27th annual update - 1984 2025 report - sustainability of tech and humans

economistfuture collaboration searches of 2025 report on edutech healthttech fintech greentech arts/sports - safety/exponential risk economics women and other demographics most excluded by history of man and machine  

contintental views asia 2/3 people othercontients roughly 10% of peoples america europe africa

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hello fabrice /marta
look forward to zoom at 11am east coast = 5pm barcelona
unlikely need this zoom info  Meeting ID: 769 647 7322  Password: camilomart

i  most want to listen to the two of you- fabrice/marta- as people celebrating dual languages to help youth and communities transform sustainability

in addition my other questions might be
1 how can all our new york friends including those of connect together round everything dual languages open up -eg do dual language heroes already interact with the leader soros trust his education legacy to both uniting 30 plus colleges including tufts talloire and with brooklyn as his main lab for new 11th/12th grade high schools - my friend sir fazle abed had spent much of his last 7 years preparing brac university as its legacy-

2 i live just outside beltway- dc has been a nightmare for collaboration- any advice on whos who in dc or maryland beyond the politics would help - my daughter studies french and education at uni of maryland - is there anyone at umd or french speaking embassies or pi delta phi who most supports fabrice's bilingual revolution?- i know president macron spoke 2017 at un education commission of my compatriot gordon brown but not sure where that went;

3 sadly from  volunteer work as emotional intelligence sig editor at eu knowledgeboard and 5 trips to paris from 2008 i find that  although hec-danone launched yunus global social business partnerships in 2005 and tried to replace microcreditsummit with annual convergences neither france nor the european union nor clintons nor queen sofia understood fazle abed's far deeper partnership contributions than yunus to billions of poorest asian women -arguably only netherlands of the founding eu6 did
 i know the taiwanese-chinese american vincent chang who sir fazle appointed as vice chancellor- they have just launched buX as their own edx- wonder how to get multiple dual languages into women empowerments deepest sdg solutions

4 is there a worldwide association of dual -either generally on specific challenges such as ban ki-moon's - climate, and local-global civic engagement - while the world of learning is virtual i have found startupgrind is helping youth connect- as i linkin grind hosts i ask the about dual language - eg this just in from georgia Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia -as well as peoples of latin languages and nations bordering eu, friends and  i are desperately seeking connectors of hong kong as the dual language nation we all need to friend particularly as both ten cent and jack ma link edutech out of hk;

 5 because my father norman macrae at economist earned japan emperor order of rising sun for connecting east west since 1962! japan society in new york usually listen to ideas on possible agenda to host; i have a lot of musical friends without borders; my most trusted neighbor is prof acharya -in normal years he spends a month at tsinghua coaching schwarzman scolars and those who want to use dual languages to be youth ambassadors

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6 on virus where over 75% of infected people have no symptoms  i far prefer jim kim work without borders to whats spinning now across americas; i dont see colleges starting up again on continent of america until vaccine comes - delighted to be wrong but as a statistician when politicians dont permit relevant data collection i wonder where can we unite mathematicians of sustainability exponentials as well as dual languages-oddly enough in helping dad research biography of john von neumann that was jvn's last area of research which he entrusted to yale

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from our 1984 maps
Chapter 6 future of finance and tech- By 2005 the gap in incomes and expectations of rich and poor nations was recognised to be man's most dangerous problem.

chapter 8 only education and tech can humanise ai in time for 2020s to be little sisters best of times not worst big brothers worst of times
special tribute to norman macrae foundation greatest hero of last 75 years who died 20 dec 2020 sir fazle abed brac without whom a billion asian girls lives would never have blossomed, and without whose community health networing solutions our species probably wont pass natures final exams

Sunday, June 7, 2020

because dad had served in world war 2, as teenager navigating air planes over modernday myanmar/bangladesh- dad followed the un fro his desk at the economist and likeminded friends

two things were needed as soon as possible- the largest economies needed to get back to production but as soon as this was in motion they needed to help design world trades that went beyond the colonial age designed for a few empires to advance and most of the world's people to remain undeveloped eg without access to electricity grids

new technologies should be identified so that post-colonial was sustained by post-industrial win-wins

in under 15 years 4 transformative possibilities had been identified

two although american in origin fascinated japan in particular because it could see how it could help all asians - over 60 of the world win-win with them
1 demings better way of producing engines
2 village knowhow netwrking- borlaug's crop science aplied to rice could deliver a billion people from the risks of famine
3 von neumann developed progamable computer and a few years later alumni ogordon moore committed to innovating 100 times more analytical capability of silicon chips every decade until 2020s wen 1 dollar chip would theoertically have more analytic capability than the human brain
4 connectivity of the telecoms satellite - which meant that early21st c humans would be mobile connected from alll over earth

extra note 3 - many of east europe's and the world's best mathematicians had emigrated to usa in 1930s including einstein and von neumann- amongst his many invention einstein developed a maths of systems, that there is always more to innovarte than an's science can see- namley by modeling interctions at more detale micro level that had previously been assumed possible

Sunday, May 17, 2020

dear gifford - marta sent me message that she is super excited to rehearse with you how her 10+ years of school wide practice of experiential learning in barcelona american international school has drawn on being inspired ny intrapreneurship  The Pinchot Perspective has been rather consistent for several generations. The rational greatest good for the greatest number in the long run cohabits strangely with a less rational but equally powerful reverence for nature, equality and adventure.

i think it could be best if the two you talk at the time agreed ie 10 pacific time- if there are common ways forward maybe we could then set up a whatsapp three way message space if you use whatsapp 

unless i hear otherwise i will leave the two of you to have the first conversation but maybe check in about half an hour later- i will be around if there are any real time issues''

27th decade of human and machine started by adam smith and james watt glasgow university 1760

at the start of the year 2020 i thought there were going to be 4 real events - glasgow cop 26 november, 75th BIRTHDAY UNga new york september, lots of connections with ban ki moon and culturally in vienna, as well as year of japan on the world stage the one country were my father's trade connections are still celebrated- all have gone- and the next 6 months in america are drowning in the double chaos of virus without data and trump electioneering without transparency of how entrepreneurial and communal can survive

so i am refocusing on who is using zoom, and doing a lot of research of all the people who are accepting george soros urgent challenge to unite sdg graduates and teachers across borders- i can send quite a lot of detailed data on that if relevant. jan 2020 world economic forum soros announces OSUN first 20 coalition
to be coordinated by his neighbor and 40 year long vice chancellor of brad ny state leon botstein - botstein is also conductor of a new york philharmonic orchestra and over 20 years ago authored jeffersons children a call for radical changes to high schools as well as college purpose

i am not sure if you both had the education chapter of dad any my 1984 book on changes needed to 2025- ironically the smooth transition of edutech we hoped for hasnt happened but now the virus has put every educator in zoom world- it seems the only soros partner ready for this was asu arizona state- i am trying to find connections there

i havent yet seen best practices of how different institutions share deepest experiential curricula either in soros first 20 coalition or elsewhere- would love to know if intrapreneurship is accessible openly as a curriculum in way that maximises your purpose- however again i expect marta is able to ask that in a more practical way than i 

 in a form that aims to make dads top 20 surveys simpler to compare side by side-
in spite of the fact that romano prodi translated dads 1976 entrepreneurial revolution into
italian the bottom up scaling of small enterprise value chains has got completely lost
- one sad accident from my viewpoint is bill drayton read dads article in 1976- coined 
social entrepreneur ashoka in 1978 - says it was inspired by dad but its system designs
have no relationship to the exponentials my father intended- as well as usa, this has been particularly
misunderstood in india and latin america- 2 regions drayton has most cultural influence in- 
after 15 visits to bangladesh i can report that 50 years work until his death last december is in the entrepreneurial revolution benchmark of empowering poorest women to end poverty precisely because every model coalitions around fazle abed uses are as dynamic system maps and in metrics audited different than draytons coalitions or even jeff skoll's- the two times i have met marta were at wise summits madrid, qatar- wise began by first lady of qatar sheikha moza round alumni of fazle abed and moza's interest in new universities and refugee education- she is on guterres main sdg committee SDG Advocates -gifford do you know any of these eminents?

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

 awful lot of BIG BUT DISCONNECTED ideas circulating as well as 3 zooms on india i have participated in which left me more confused than ever on whats happening locally- some questions

1 have you heard of these GFEL people in mail below- it seems the organisers are mainly from india- their first summit was in dubai last year - short video enclosed their next one in las vegas december - i am struggling where, when will the first live summit happen- i would love to know what becomes vienna first summit 

2 i have been to several soros sponsored zooms- there is no consistency between his partners on who they see as their expert circle in india- the economist see different people than the practice experts in different goals - anna mentioned she might know someone on his financial fund side who represents india context- happy to share the different india experts i have come across in soris sponsored zooms- i do think what matters is who the head of central european university knows- do you already know michael ignatieff PRES CEU  1  - i am not sure if he is in vienna or still in budapest

3 health obviously matters locally all over the world- i would like to know if the two of you already have your preferred bottom up health connector in india who is that- if not how do we work out if the batra family fit what you need

4 do you know the people at global salzburg- 4 weeks ago their co-sponsorship of the first wise-qatar virtual summit put them in the middle of all 8 years of wise connections- they claimed they will be hosting part 2 zoom in about 5 weeks

5 my understanding though i am sure you know more is ban ki moon has at least 3 interests- a youth world citizen curriculum co-led by former president of austria; climate adaptability research partners; what would have been connections of olympics and other sorts of arts/fashion heroes- are you connected with any of the 3 different teams each of these foci gravitate around him  - what seems critical is will any of these 3 curricula intersect with what vienna students at ceu do or not?

-almost each week there is new madness in usa- i cant work out which national leader does modi believe he needs most - if he is depending on trump then the chaos is going to keep multiplying to november- trump is hiding real data from american peoples - and he has no consistency in his own global leadership partners- if both modi and trump have no consistency its going to be very hard to help peoples in india or in usa til end of year- hopefully austria and eg switzerland will turn out to be consistent in moving climate health and other sdgs along- a huge black hole - i havent yet found out if the un has plan b - ie if the 75th annual get together cant happen in new york september- will they zoom or will guterres just keep everything close to his chest- he knows anything important he tries to put on world sage trump will snipe down-in effect we look like losing at least 2 years on sdgs at a time when we had just discovered there was no real finance of them capable of being on time- the virus has put at least some goals back another 5 years unless by a miracle some countries start transfering their budgets for arms to budgets for health

Saturday, May 2, 2020

not sure that the world has ever seen as sudden a change as the virus- who's writing about our future now eg

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

david can i intro you to marta- maybe there is an uniquely timely intersection between your passions- i met david around 1994 when he was leader of one of top 3 business schools in uk offering worlds first chair in global branding- 20 years of practical work as a statistician advising corporations on their biggest brands had led me to pioneering/publishing new genre searching out most purposeful organisations and partnership architectures in world- unfortunately the faclulty wanted an academic but david an engineer and i maintained interest in exponential risks something that to this day is not modelled and mediated correctly- if it was there would be no virus- i met marta 3 years ag on madrid and the qatar at wise education laureate summits founded around my greatest hero of brac- back then marta was head of experiential learning at american intl school in barcelona- in recent months she has moved to starting up -david you can see she has already started up some university and society action projects-do the two of you have time to chat to see if there is someting you are both prioritising over next 12 months- i had expected by now to be in vienna being briefed on the most urgent projects of ban ki-moon's first action year of whats differnt abour climate adaptability is it has specific corporate leaders asking for research costing risk to their operations of not leadind some specific green issue; i also know the head of bbc studios responsible for marketing all of david attenboroughs work including end plastic in ocean movements- however none of these movements were prepared for a year or more of no travel and community action projects being suspended- just as we were counting last 10 years of sdgoals every timeline is blocked- good luck to all of us! at a global level i am profiling the 100 world record jobs creators whose knowhow i wish every student had open experiential access to at hundreds of local links mapped

Monday, March 23, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

census big data

Is there a better way? For the first time this year, Americans will be able to fill out the census online. This risks missing hard-to-reach groups such as indigenous populations and the old. It also introduces unforeseen headaches. In 2016 Australia’s census website crashed, leaving millions unable to submit their responses and venting their anger with the hashtag #censusfail.
Nordic countries have ditched the unwieldy undertaking altogether, turning to other sources of information. In Sweden each citizen is given a personnummer, an identity number linked to government data on individuals’ health, employment, residence and more. These data are cross-referenced to produce statistics resembling the results of a traditional census. Denmark, Finland and Norway take the same approach. As societies share more information, wittingly or otherwise, new statistics can be produced. Mobile-phone records, for example, have been used to estimate commuting patterns. The Netherlands, meanwhile, conducts what it calls a “virtual” census. This is similar to the Nordic model, but also uses small-sample surveys to produce data not already held by the state, such as education levels and occupation.
As long as each citizen has a unique identifier, such counts are cheaper to carry out—the Dutch government boasts that its census in 2011 cost just $0.10 per person—and can be done much more regularly. But the accuracy of the data is harder to guarantee. Population registers are never completely up to date and anyone not already on them will be missed. In Europe, two-thirds of countries are expected to use data from existing registers to some extent in the next round of censuses. This is up from just a quarter 20 years ago, according to analysis by Paolo Valente, a statistician at the UN.
Making such a change is a slow process. Bernard Baffour, a researcher at the Australian National University, points out that it took decades for Sweden to implement a fully register-based census, partly because Swedes had to be reassured that their data were secure. As he puts it, “When a doctor asks how much you drink or smoke, are you happy for that to be linked with all the other information on you?” Frank de Zwart, a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands, also criticises register-based censuses for neglecting a key political function of censuses. For minorities such as native Americans, filling out a census is a powerful assertion of their place in society. A virtual census would deny them this opportunity. That said, self-reporting is far from perfect: 177,000 Britons implausibly claimed to be Jedi knights in the census of 2011.
Even though Britain does not have identity cards, common in the rest of Europe, in 2013 the government tried to replace the census with other administrative data it already held. An outcry from MPs and statisticians forced ministers to shelve the idea. The public had rejected an attempt in 2006 to introduce identity cards, and recent scandals such as the harvesting of personal data from Facebook deepened Britons’ worries about privacy. Iain Bell, the statistician in charge of the census at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), emphasises the importance of public trust in producing official figures: “If people don’t want a single register of the population, we have to respect that and look to other sources.” Francis Maude, then a government minister, told MPs in 2014 that he hoped the next census, due to take place next year, would be the last. In 2023, the ONS will report back on whether this is achievable.
Political rows over America’s census have shone a light on a function of government that most people consider only a handful of times over their lives, but the results of which affect them every day. Recording each member of every household seems outdated in the age of big data, whether the data are held by governments or private companies. But in this sense, at least, America’s federal government is not big enough; its social-security system is too incomplete, and other information still too patchy, to replace the old-fashioned head-count. Will Mr Dillingham be the last enumerator to visit Toksook Bay? Don’t count on it.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

week 4 of 81 ways sees world economic forum continue to amplify its 300 youth global shapers hubs and map coalitions out of 4 IR4 capitals tokyo beijing delhi san fran-  the day before yesterday joseph nye explained the valuation of power with instead of power over and debated morality of america's 20 most recent leaders- if there is to be a world sustaining our children everywhere new coalitions will matter far more than long drawn out impeachments to nowhere - of course he couldnt say that but diaspora scots do and will- join us cop26 glasgow nov 2020 -81 ways week 47 and 48 after gca's week 44 and americas way ahead week45

Friday, January 17, 2020

2020 year of living exponentially more dangerously
 vincent if you are leaving asking ban ki-moon to pick up phone to gordon brown and others until after vienna osun meetings in april then these jigsaw pieces are worth knowing about locally-please tell me if there is a process through which i can help make them more obvious- i failed to explain them to jack ma's tsinghua researcher ying lowrey (i gave you her book the first time we met and chinese students who knew her left her book with shameran 2016/8 when celebrating 80th and 82nd birthdays of fazle interrupted by cafe bombings during which china barred student travel to dhaka =and japanese and franciscan aid workers were main victims )- it would be a pity if hong kong ten cent supporters ang japan sdg-reiwa-olympics-youth new deal also didnt understand now

this daily star summary below reminds me of many of the people around brac - not just its inner family kept bangladesh unique womens villagers grow the nation spirit going-ironically when my dad died in june 2010 - yunus had just lost everything as sheikh hasina took over bangladesh from the top- america and the west was in the midst of its own subprime crisis- the microreditsummit had spent 13 years lobbying round yunus not explaining how the deep health and education and nationwide entrepreneur systems had been built by brac- in the west we know this thanks to adam smith scholars writing up what happened and by 2012 two evening long rountables hosted at japan embassy- many of these people joined in as fazle explained the human futures needed and his hope for brac university and his tech partner kamil quadir explained the emerging partners with mit and dubai and toyota middle east foundation of building bkash the world largest digital finance network for poorest now supported by gates and jack ma- village students led mu mostofa helped japan embassy stage this

there were moments between 2010-2012 that the whole girl empowered economy could have been lost and indeed with IPOs in india most HEALTH INVESTMENT understanding was lost apart from that around fazle abed- today brac is the worlds largest ngo partnership economy- soros and jim kim and partners in health played part of that in celebrating sir fazle as the benchmark of all open society laureates- i am not sure if soros knows how large a lift he played in keeping bottom up health networkers united- 
Soros knows his investment in brac partnerships in liberia and sierra leone helped jim kim end ebola but its still not clear soros ever heard sr fazles vision for future of university-also while nobody beats soros long term understanding of western currency mess-i have never found out if he has a main confidente on the whole of the east 

in any event the dream now of sdg youth depends on brac u choosing asian world partners vienna choosing europe partners and bard-soros-botstein choosing american world partners- ideally a discussion with schwarzman and mit as epicentre of schwarzman AI, brac digital finance and everyones bottom up health care brigham womens would be hosted and carried forward through dutch royal families to climate celebrations of rotterdam october cop26 glasgow nov- and hopefully a window of opportunity as both usa and europe decide where next nov 2019

in branding terms the clintons discovery of yunus in late 80s unleashed microcredit student clubs the world over when they needed to be fazle abed or brac clubs.. that remains the sdg freedom of action as well as american-english's freedom of speech challenge in all of the worlds biggest universities today

He poured his heart into people’s welfare

Say speakers about Sir Fazle Hasan Abed at a memorial discussion

Diplomatic Correspondent
People’s welfare was the mainstay in all the activities of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and this drove him to excel in all the ventures of Brac throughout his life, eminent educationists and development experts said yesterday. 
Abed’s diverse activities have contributed to alleviating poverty, improving health dynamism, and promoting education and human rights of millions of people at home and abroad, they said.
They also said Abed had set up strong institutions and adopted policies to make sure that the progress made through them is sustainable, which has now become a global example of development.
The speakers made the comments at a discussion, titled “Sir Abed in education: His thoughts, ideology and achievements”. Arranged by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation at Dhaka University’s Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium, the programme was held in memory of the Brac founder, who passed away at a city hospital on December 20.
Brac, founded by Abed in 1972 at the age of 36 as a small relief and rehabilitation project in north-eastern Bangladesh, has grown to be one of the most effective non-governmental organisations in the world, touching the lives of over many hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
It is a unique organisation specialised in development programmes, microfinance, and social enterprises. It also has a university, a bank and a range of mission-aligned investments. Currently, Brac operates in 11 countries in Asia and Africa, with affiliate offices in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands.
Behind all these initiatives was a great vision held by Abed, the speakers said yesterday.
Centre for Policy Dialogue Chairman Prof Rehman Sobhan said Abed was a rare personality with a vision and the ability to implement it successfully.
“Sir Fazle Abed was a man of action,” he said.
He also said starting its journey at a remote village, Brac has gone global and it continues to bring about economic and social changes in people’s lives. “Brac’s distinct feature is that it has established institutions that have self-financed programmes.”
He added that the NGO took up programmes for the poor people, helped them engage in income-generating activities and overcome poverty.
Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, chairperson of Brac governing body, said, “Whatever Sir Fazle Abed thought and did was about the welfare of the common people. He designed all his programmes accordingly.”
In the 1980s when Abed visited villages and found women having six to seven children and high rate of child mortality, he picked up the idea on how to reduce the number of child deaths, ensure rural education and make sure women can have a dignified life, said Zillur.
That’s how the non-formal education of children and health programmes began, he said.
“He always attached importance to building strong institutions and efficient management to make sure that the development made is sustainable … he made changes as per the needs of the day,” Zillur said.
Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, the first pro-vice chancellor of Brac University, said all the initiatives undertaken by Brac were based on rigorous studies. And Sir Fazle Abed, who had a special quality of listening deeply to the people and interact with them, would learn from anybody and everybody.
Some 30 lakh children going to the Brac’s primary and pre-primary schools means something great, he said.
Dr Manzoor Ahmed, founder-director of the Institute of Educational Development, Brac University, said Abed had realised that development cannot happen without good education. So he put emphasis on education.
Apart from working to ensure primary and pre-primary education, Brac also established a university, he said, adding that the NGO has made significant contributions to achieving Bangladesh’s Millennium Development Goals.
Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of the Campaign for Popular Education, said she has long experience of closely working with Sir Fazle Abed in the education sector, and Abed was a guiding light for her.
Recalling an event, she said a study on primary schools in rural areas in 2000 found that only 18 percent students of class five had basic competency level. A question arose how they could make such a finding public.
Abed then suggested conducting a study with the same parameters on the top 10 schools in Dhaka city. They did it and found 70 percent students of class five had the basic competency level. “We then made it a comparative study and brought it to the public,” she said.
“On the deathbed, Sir Fazle Abed told me that there are many challenges in the education sector, don’t give up … keep working,” Rasheda said.
Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, the first vice chancellor of Brac University, said Abed established the university, considering that it would have a long legacy.
Lauding Abed’s wisdom, he said, “Whatever he did, he got advice from the best brains of the world.”
Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation Director General Ahrar Ahmad said the discussion was not to mourn the death of Sir Fazle Abed, but to celebrate his life and activities.
“He [Abed] was a visionary. His thoughts on education are unique. A man of his stature had always been polite and soft voiced. He never demonstrated his authority,” he added.
Yesterday’s discussion was attended by students, academics and development activists.