Rasheda K. Choudhury
Rasheda K. Choudhury

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Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government

Full Name: Rasheda K. Choudhury

Affiliation: Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)

Current Position: Executive Director

Date of Birth: 1951

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Sylhet

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Rasheda K. Choudhury (born 1951) is a Bangladeshi academic and Former Advisor of Caretaker Government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed. She is the Executive Director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), an advocacy and campaign network operating NGO. She is also a Member Secretary of Education Watch.

Ms. Choudhury was born in a noble Muslim family of Sylhet district. Her father late Golam Ehia Chowdhury was a professor in the English Department of Sylhet MC College and mother late Sharikunnesa Chowdhury. She studied in the English Department of Dhaka University and did her graduation in 1974, after which she joined the development profession and worked with many organizations.

Ms. Choudhury is a Co-Founder of Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a civil society movement operating in more than hundred countries, with the mission to make sure that States act to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality public education. She is also Executive Committee Member of the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM). She is an elected member of the Collective Consultation of NGOs (CCNGOs) Coordination Group, of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), representing its “Membership at Large” category. She is the Convener of the National Forum for Social Protection (NFSP) and a Senior Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

Ms. Choudhury was Adviser (De-facto cabinet Minister) in 2008, in charge of three ministries — Ministry of Primary & Mass Education, Ministry of Women & Children Affairs and Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in the non-party Interim Caretaker Government of Bangladesh.

Ms. Choudhury is the Editor of “Shakkharata Bulletin” (Literacy Bulletin), a monthly journal on literacy and education (published by CAMPE and disseminated all over the country particularly at the community level) that works as a bridge between development practitioners and academics in Bangladesh.

Ms. Choudhury regularly writes in national newspapers and magazines and often speaks on development issues particularly on the right to education and gender justice in national and international foram.

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