National Conference


Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh: Educational Responses, Challenges and Possibilities

 [IERConference 2018]

(বাংলাদেশে টেকসই উন্নয়ন লক্ষ্যমাত্রা অর্জন: শিক্ষায় করণীয়, চ্যালেঞ্জ এবং সম্ভাবনা)

31 March – 01 April 2018

Senate Bhaban and IER, University of Dhaka

Organized by: Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka

About The Conference

This conference will be a leading national meet aiming to create an effective multidisciplinary network on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh, where all stakeholders will learn from each other: Universities, government agencies, national and international NGOs and development partners. Achieving any of the 17 SDGs depends on achieving other goals since these goals are interdependent. Among the SDGs, one particular goal – Goal 4: Quality Education – has been included with the hope that obtaining a quality education will act as a foundation for sustainable development. Along with other countries, Bangladesh recognizes education as the key to achieving other SDGs.

The government of Bangladesh has adopted a “whole of society” approach aiming to ensure wider participation of all the stakeholders including development partners, NGOs, private sector as well as media in the formulation and implementation of the Action Plan for achieving the SDGs. Other stakeholders are not only helping government agencies formulate and implement the Action Plan; they are also complementing with their own initiatives. In this context, it is important for Bangladeshi educators, researchers, administrators, education planners, policy makers and other stakeholders to look at all the educational responses (include policy, action plan and activities) taken or to be taken by different Government and Non-government organization with a view to achieving SDGs as proficiently as we can.

The Conference will showcase initiatives, actors, networks and ideas that were stimulated by the SDGs. Examples of good practices from different sectors in the country will play an important role in identifying viable approaches and way out for future actions in Education for achieving SDGs. Furthermore, the conference will create a knowledge base for experts and policy makers, so that further research into implementation of measures taken for achieving the goals of SDGs.

The main objective of the conference is to bring together the expertise of using Education as a way of achieving SDGs. Thus the conference has the following four objectives:

a) Understanding the educational responses towards achieving SDGs in Bangladesh;
b) Identifying challenges in implementing education-initiatives for achieving SDGs;
c) Identifying the ways of overcoming the challenges and accelerating action for achieving the targets of SDGs through education in Bangladesh; and
d) Setting the Agenda of Bangladesh education systems in achieving the goals of sustainable development.


In agreement with the key theme and objectives of the conference, the following sub-themes have been identified to be explored at the conference. Thus the conference topics include, but are not limited to:
1. Educational policies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
2. Education for Sustainable Development

a. Environmental and Climate Change Education

b. Disaster Risk Reduction Education

c. Population and Health education

d. Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Agricultural Practice and Nutrition

3. Inclusion, Diversity and Special Needs Education

a. Access to Quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education

b. Free and Equitable Primary and Secondary Education for all girls and boys

c. Equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education

d. Elimination of Gender disparities in Education

e. Ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

4. Quality Education for Effective Learning

a. Governance and Educational leadership

b. Monitoring and mentoring

c. Curriculum and Assessment

d. Technology and Media

e. education facilities for safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all

5. Language, Culture and Ethnicity- appreciation of diverse culture and language and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
6. Skills for employment, decent jobs and Entrepreneurship

a. Technical and Vocational Education and Training

b. Agricultural Education

7. Citizenship Education

a. Moral Rights and responsibilities

b. Legal rights and responsibilities

c. Civic Awareness

d. Human rights

e. Promotion of culture of peace and non-violence

8. Quality Teacher Education

Call for Abstracts

We invite submission of abstracts for paper presentations, symposiums, posters and workshops.

  • Individual paper (30 minutes)

The paper is presented by an individual author or co-authors. Each presentation is allocated 30 minutes which include 10 minutes Q & A.

  • Symposium (90 minutes)

The symposium is presented by multiple authors or co-author groups on a particular big idea. Each 90-minute symposium comprises of: (a) 1 chairperson and 3 presenters, or (b) 2 presenters and 1 discussant. In addition to the abstracts for the individual presentations, the symposium proposal should include one 300-400-word statement describing the overall theme of the symposium and connections between the presentations.

  • Poster (90 minutes)

A single author or group of co-authors may prepare a poster for an interactive session. Handouts may be prepared for dissemination to interested audience. Posters belonging to the same strand will be grouped together and presented during the 90-minute poster time block.

  • Workshop (90 minutes)

A single author or group of co-authors may prepare an extensive discussion session with conference participants on a specific topic, subject, or issue related to a conference subtheme. The aim of the workshop may be to develop an action plan or a set of recommendation with a view to achieving a sustainable development goal.


Language of Abstract and Presentation

  • Bangla
  • English

Guidelines on Submission of Abstracts

The abstract should be between 200-250 words in length and include the aim of the study, methodology, findings and discussion, and implications.

Important Dates

  1. Dates of the Conference: 31 March & 01 April. 2018
  2. Deadline for Abstract Submission : 15 February 2018
  3. Notification of Acceptance:  25 February 2018
  4. Last date of Conference Registration: 11 March 2018


   Category                      National                International

Student                        BDT 1000                    USD 200

Teacher                        BDT 1500                    USD 250

Professional                 BDT 2000                    USD 300



  1. Peer-Reviewed Journal: Teachers’ World (Journal of Education) [Special Issue]
  2. Conference Proceedings: Papers presented at the conference will be published in a dedicated ISBN publication of IER-SDGs Conference Proceedings.
  3. Online Publication of Abstract

Abstract Submission

Email for Abstract Submission: