Masud Parves Library

little contribution to a great change!
Masud Parves was born on 20th May, 1988 in Soalia village of Atulia union under Shyamnagar thana of Satkhira district, Bangladesh. He was the only son of Mr. Hobibor Rahman and Ms. Maksuda Rahman. He has one elder (Hena) and one younger sister (Tania). He completed his primary education from South Chotokupot registered primary school and got Secondary School Certificate from Satkhira Police Line High School in 2005. After that he got admission in Government Sunderban College, Khulna for his Higher Secondary Certificate. He completed his HSC in 2007 successfully from this college. Later, he was tried to get admission in a public university of Bangladesh. He was very popular to his friends and his surroundings. He was very honest and kind to people. He was a cousin of the founder of Masud Parves Library, Abu Sayed. His father donated land for this library.

In an undefined reason, Mr. Parves left this universe around evening of 23rd January, 2008 leaving crying all his friends, family and villagers.

Planner Abu Sayed was born in 22nd March of 1983 in Soalia village of Atulia union under Shyamnagar Upazila of Satkhira district, Bangladesh. He is elder son of Abrahim Hossain and Hasina Abrahim. His father is a primary school teacher and mother is a housewife.

He received his primary education from Henchi Government Primary School in 1992. He completed his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination from Khulna Public College in 1998 and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination from Govt. M.M. City College, Khulna in 2000. He received his Bachelor degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University, Bangladesh in 2005. He pursued his master degree in the Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development organized by The University of Trento (Italy) (coordinator) together with the Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), the University of Regensburg (Germany) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) with the full scholarship from European Commission.

He worked for National NGOs around a year. Then he decided to work for Government. He served as a town planner in local government organizations (Municipality) for more than 6 years. Since September 2013, he has been working as an Assistant Town Planner for Khulna Development Authority (KDA).

He participated in Two weeks training programme on "Road Safety in Asian and Latin American Countries: Principles and Approaches" organized by the Transportation Research Institute of Hasselt University, Belgium in October 2009 with the full sponsorship of VLIR-UOS. He also attended in the 4th Regional Training Course on "Geographical Information System for Disaster Risk Management (An Advance Course)" organized by ITC, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Asian institute of technology (AIT) at AIT, Thailand in December 2009 funded by ADPC.

He is a member of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Khulna University Planners Alumni (KUPA) and Erasmus Mundus Alumni (EMA). He is trying to know himself first. He wants to involve in the development activities of his home district and therefore country. He loves his country. He believes one day country will be among the developed countries where there will be no corruption; people will love, and respect each other. He dreams, every people of his country will have enough food to eat three times in a day.

The founder of the library is from a remote village of Bangladesh. Most of the villagers in his village are illiterate. In 2005, one day he was sitting in a small glossary shop in his village and having fun with the owner of this shop. The owner (Abdul Hamid) was like a funny man to other people. In that day, suddenly, the shop owner asked him what their benefit was if he was an educated man with lots of money. The owner knew that he was studying in a public university of Bangladesh. And thought that if he was studying in university, he might have lots of money in future. That's why he was asking such types of questions. Then Mr. Sayed asked him why he was asking such type of questions to him. Mr. Hamid replied with a reference of a student from their village. The student was brilliant but poor. Villagers helped the student to continue his education with financial support. He finished his education with good result in every class. Later, he got scholarship and went to the United States. After that, he came once to the village to meet his parents after 15 years later and again he went to United States. Now, he is a permanent resident in USA. After briefing about the student, again the owner was asking Sayed about what they have received from that student. What they have got if that student has lots of money. What their benefit is if the student lives in America. At that time Mr. Sayed was really astonished thinking about the shop keeper. He was really shamed thinking about him. He was asking myself why people make fun with this man. This man was changed Sayed's way of thinking. This man made him thinking about the villagers. From that day, he has been thinking how he could do something good for his villagers.

In 23rd January, 2008; the founder lost his cousin named Masud Parves, who was a popular boy in my village. He was a student trying to get admission in a public university of Bangladesh. After his departure, one day his mother was asking Sayed about what she should do with Masud's books. Sayed told her that she can give these books to a poor student from their village. She replied that she does not see any student who can use these books properly. At that time, Sayed noticed her voice and realized that, yes, he has got something to do for the poor students of his village. He can start working for the villagers by establishing a library in his village. He told her to keep the books and one day he will take them from her. He needed those books. Later, he thought that, yes, if he really wanted to do something better for his villagers, he needed to create some good mentality among the people who will work or at least can think for the betterment of the villagers. And this library can be a good starting to create those people. After that, Mr. Sayed has been thinking to establish a library in his village.

In 2010, during his study in Italy, he started working to collect money from his foreign friends. He shared his idea about the necessity to establish a library to his friends and they cordially extended their hands by donating money to establish the library.

To achieve social development through ensuring quality of education for the poorest student population and availability of necessary contextual learning opportunities for the adult population.
To provide educational and learning opportunities and a socialization space for the comparatively poor students and adults with a view to promote social development.
  1. To facilitate access to quality educational and learning opportunities for mostly the poor students.

  2. To provide a learning centre for the adult population of the locality

There will be an executive committee of 9 members. These 9 members will be selected based on
  1. education: not below than SSC (Secondary School Certificate)(must have 10 years of schooling)
  2. age: not below than 30 years
  3. occupation: not involved in permanent job (Ex- Govt. Job)
  4. fitness: not mentally and physically ill. Physically ill means the aged person who is not capable enough to walk alone because of their age.
  5. location: the first nine nearest persons, who full fill the criterions to be a member, to the library building to any direction. Member’s designation in the Executive committee will be defined by the election among the members.

    The activities of the library will be directed following the decisions of this Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meeting shall take place with the presence of at least 75% of the members (at least 7 out of 9 members will have to be present at the meeting). Three-fourths of the members present at the Executive Committee meeting must give their consent to any decision taken. For example, if the number of members present at the meeting is 7 or 8 or 9, then 5 or 6 or 7 members must give their consent before any decision is approved.

    The Executive Committee will provide the founder of the library (during his life-span) with a written report of each meeting giving information regarding all resolutions and/or activities planned and/or approved. The founder may be informed through written documents or by email from the library’s email account. His email address is “sayed_ku@yahoo.com” or “sayed.ku@gmail.com”. If the founder should raise any objection to the report, to its resolutions and/or activities, then that contested point cannot be implemented. The founder may reply to the library email account giving his objection to the report, or its resolutions or activities. In his absence, The Executive Committee will send a written report of each meeting giving information regarding all resolutions and/or activities planned and/or approved to the registration authority. If the registration authority raises any objection to the report, to its resolutions and/or activities, then that contested point cannot be implemented.

Without financial support from the donor organizations, it is impossible to establish such a library in a village. Later, to pay the librarian, to buy additional books, to pay for other expenses such as the Internet bill, electricity bill, maintenance cost etc. which indicates the needs of a continuous financial support from the local people or organizations or individual donors.

Other than these, the library plans to manage its expenses from the following sources:

  1. Contributions from any person, organization, institute, or NGO, etc.
  2. Foreign aid and loans obtained from the Development Loan Fund, with the sanction of, and on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the Government.
  3. Grants made by the government and/or government institutes.
  4. Funds from income generating activities of the library, for example coconut tree plantation along the river side, selling of souvenirs, etc.
  5. Funds by awarding honorary membership after receiving a contribution of taka 20000 or more from any person. Provided that the detailed information of the honorary member be preserved in the official documents of the library. However, they will have not any bearing on the functioning of the library.
  6. By running scholarship programs supported by any person/ institution.
  7. By making collaboration with organizations/ institutes/ multi national companies those who have corporate social responsibilities (CSR) programs
  8. All other sums received by the library.

The involvement of teachers and meritorious students can encourage other general students to come to the library. When other students (academically week student) will see that the best student in his/her class uses the benefits of the library or involve with the activities of the library, then he/she might get interest to use the library as well.

The library addresses the difficulties facing many students in this village in continuing their education due to lack of academic books. The parents unable even to manage the daily meals for the children are rather helpless in providing for the textbooks. Given that the world is moving fast while the digital divide and knowledge divide is expanding at an alarming rate; the intention of the library is to facilitate access to information for these youngsters by arranging for as many academic books as would be possible into the library. Therefore, it hopes that lack of books will no longer be an excuse for the students’ dropout in the village.

It also intends to appoint a librarian-teacher who will be responsible for helping the learning process of students unable to afford for private tuition. The library will be equipped with computers and an Internet connection, opening the students to the new world of knowledge, which it thinks will interest them and facilitate student centered learning.

Organizing educational events for students for expanding their knowledge, training programs on computer and internet for students and youths for their skill development, and training programs on agricultural production for farmers for raise in growth to ensure food security will be added one by one to the functions of the library.

The training programs on computer will be conducted by the librarian. Before that, the librarian will be trained up properly. The librarian will train the academically best students from level six to level ten from the nearest high school. After that, the students will train the other students of the high school. Thus the training program on basic computer will be conducting on weekly/monthly basis organized by the students and the librarian, and this way all the students will be introduced with the uses of computer, internet etc. On the other side, the students will be skilled on conducting training programs from their childhood which will help them in their future career.

All these way, the library can become a successful library as a knowledge and information center in the village.

The logo of the library has been designed by Architect Farid Ahmed Sumon.

The picture on the logo represents "book being read by or turning pages of a book by a reader". With different size of the pages, we mean, variations in learners' abilities and intelligences. The underlying assumption is that although the pages are different in color, they are of same size and belong to the same book. This would also connotate that MPL considers each learner as important, and believes in differences, but not deficiencies.

MPL is the short form of Masud Parves Library; while "little contribution to a great change" represents someone's little contribution to mankind/society, whatever it might be initially, it can possibly generate a great impact on the society over time. Masud Parves Library believes in it and will try to materialize the same.

The nearly green color on the logo represents the traditional villages of Bangladesh where MPL intends to work for human resource and economic development.

To get the registration, the founder of the library submitted documents to the Shyamnagar Upazila social welfare department of the Government of Bangladesh on 18th February, 2013. The Upazila social welfare department forwarded the documents to the Deputy Director of Satkhira Zilla social welfare department on 18th February, 2013 (Memo no- 41.01.8786.000.00.017.13.149/2013, date-18/02/2013). After few months, the founder received a letter (Memo no- 41.01.8700.000.27.008.12.360, date- 27/05/2013) from Satkhira Zilla Social Welfare Department asking some corrections in the submitted papers. On 30th December, 2013 the founder of the library re-submitted the corrected documents to get registration of the library. On 26th October, 2014 the Upazila Social Welfare Department forwarded the documents to the Deputy Director of Satkhira Zilla Social Welfare Department.

Around 3 months later, the library received Non Objection Certificate (NOC) for the name of the library with some conditions issued by Deputy Director of Satkhira Zilla Social Welfare Department (Memo no. 41.01.7800.000.02.012.03.70 date 03/02/2015 ). One of the conditions was the registration of the library may depend on the security certificate issued by the National Security Intelligence (NSI). The NSI office asked the founder to meet them with papers on 17th March, 2015. They required a little change in the papers. However, following their requirements the founder re-submitted papers on 04th April of 2015.

In August 2015, around five months later, the founder came to know from District Social Welfare Department that the NSI reported Masud Parves Library negatively. Therefore, Social Welfare Department is unable to provide registration paper to Masud Parves Library. Later, the founder contacted divisional NSI office requesting them to re-investigate the library. But the divisional NSI office did not receive our application as they do not deal any individual case. They only receive the application sent by any government office. Therefore, the founder sent our application to the General Director of NSI on 4th October 2015, requesting him to re-investigate the library. Later, on 22nd November of 2015, the founder have also submitted an application to the Deputy Director of Satkhira Social Welfare Department through Upazilla Social Welfare officer at Shyamnagar Social Welfare office requesting him to re-investigate our library. Till then we have been waiting for their response.