After receiving a flowering plant from Pabna Sadar upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) yesterday, first grader Raisul Islam of Ichhamati Primary School in the upazila was quite excited.
His excitement stemmed from the thought that he now has something to look forward to at the school where he will have the sole responsibility of looking after the flowering plant.
Raisul was among the upazila's 10 thousand first graders who received flowering plants along with flower pots yesterday morning during a programme organised on the premises of Pabna Sadar Upazila Parishad.
The upazila administration organised the programme to announce the extraordinary campaign under which 10 thousand first graders in the upazila were given flower pots to grow flowering plants at their respective schools.
The primary objective of the campaign is to boost attendance of students at schools, while at the same time, induce a sense of responsibility from a young age as well as the importance of agriculture through the introduction to gardening.
Speaking with The Daily Star UNO Joynal Abedin, said each student will have a flower pot in their own name and at least 10 students out of the 10 thousand will be awarded for taking best care of their plants after their plants bloom flowers.
The campaign will not only motivate them to be responsible for their own plants, but also grow their interest in attending schools regularly, he explained.
Pabna Deputy Commissioner Jasim Uddin was the chief guest at the programme, chaired by the Pabna Sadar UNO.
The DC during his speech said if the campaign successfully improves attendance at schools in Sadar upazila, the district administration will introduce similar programmes in other upazilas of Pabna.
Among others, Rafikul Islam, superintendent of police in Pabna; Prof Dr Humayun Kabir, principal of Pabna Edward College; Prof Shibojit Nag, president of Pabna Press Club; and journalist Abdul Matin Khan spoke at the programme.