Bangladesh government takes into use Eliademy (MRDI MOOC platform)

19 December 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh:

To enhance the knowledge base of the designated officers
under the Right To Information Act, 2009, MRDI provided technical and knowledge advisory support to Information Commission in developing an online training platform using Eliademy.

The platform was launched through a ceremony where the Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam was present as the chief guest. Permanent Member, National Human Rights Commission Md. Nazrul Islam; Information Commissioner, Information Commission Bangladesh Nepal Chandra Sarker and Khurshida Sayeed; Secretary, Information Ministry Martuza Ahmed; Secretary, Coordination and Reforms, The Cabinet Division Md. Ziaul Alam was present at the ceremony as special guests. The
Chief Information Commissioner Professor Golam Rahman presided over the ceremony.

The Cabinet Secretary said “This is the first time ever that the Bangladesh government has launched an online training module. The RTI designated officers can now easily train themselves from anywhere.”
He thanked MRDI for coming up with such an innovative initiative. To boost the governance indicator the Government can further utilize such online training approach to save time and resource, he added.

Welcoming the innovation the Chief Information Commissioner said “We have a long tradition of hiding information and an introduction of Right to Information Act will bring positive change. But it is a matter of regret that only a few number of government designated officers are aware of the Act. To address the problem the Information Commission with support from MRDI introduced online training course on
RTI for designated officers. I hope this training will help the government officials to develop their capacity on RTI as well ensure people’s access to Information.”

The other guests also welcomed such initiative and stressed that MRDI can provide knowledge advisory support to the Government of Bangladesh to adopt MOOC within the government system.

The Eliademy platform is a well equipped  knowledge service,  which captures and utilizes local knowledge for creating a unique gateway to implement RTI Act.

The platform can be accessed through the web, mobile phone using the internet to be used for comfort learning. MRDI is a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit, non-government organization, engaged in a wide spectrum of social development activities and developing the standard and quality of the media, along with skill
and ethics of the media professionals, located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Enactment of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTIA) has been a significant event in terms of protecting and promoting citizen’s right to know in Bangladesh. With the growing number of Designated Officers, the challenge is to empower them to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities.

Considering the limitations, MRDI in partnership with The Cabinet Division, Bangladesh and Information Commission, Bangladesh launched the initiative. The online platform is now available in the website of Information Commission, Bangladesh and The Cabinet Division.