Equitable Education for Bangladeshi Indigenous Children: Perceptions of School Leaders and Managers

By Md Rabiul Islam and Rosalind Murray-Harvey.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations: Annual Review

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This study focuses on school leaders’ and management committee members’ perspectives on issues related to equity and diversity for indigenous children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) region of Bangladesh. Development reports in general rarely discuss equity issues and particularly not with regard to the education of indigenous primary school students. A qualitative case study methodology was adopted to explore school life in four CHTs school communities where mainstream and indigenous peoples live. In-depth interviews were conducted with head teachers and academic supervisors, and focus group discussions were held with members of each school’s management committee. Along with geographical isolation participants argued that poor social and economic conditions make it difficult to support the education of children in the region. Mentioned as well were that teaching practices and activities within the wider school culture could be more responsive to and respectful of the diverse needs of students and families. Increasing knowledge and awareness of equity principles among school leaders as well as introducing more equitable policies and governance to guide practice are needed to build and strengthen relationships amongst all members of the schools’ community.

Keywords: Indigenous Children, Equity and Diversity, Primary Education, Educational Leadership and Management

The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 16, 2016, pp.37-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 1, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 927.461KB)).

Md Rabiul Islam

Assistant Specialist, Faculty of Educational Research and Curriculum Development, National Academy, for Primary Education (NAPE), Mymensingh, Bangladesh; PhD Student, School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Rosalind Murray-Harvey

Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Codirector, Student Wellbeing & Prevention of Violence Research Center, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia