Small Ethnic Groups Cultural Organisation Act 2010
Key objectives of the measure:
The major objective of the Act is to recognize small ethnic groups with respect and separate identity as they are. And to protect, preserve and promote the cultural expressions of small ethnic groups of Bangladesh at local, national and international level.
Main feature of the measure:
To implement this Act, several public agencies have taken different initiatives, such as, collection and preservation of their own cultural elements (language, musical instruments, ornaments, handloom textile etc.). At the same time, organize festival and cultural programs in national and international level, research and publications on their folklore, organize workshops and seminar etc. are the other activities according to the act. Bangladesh Government has sanctioned 513378.00 USD for the implementation of this Act properly for the year 2011-12. Presently the small ethnic groups are much more recognized by mainstream people than ever before in Bangladesh. At the same time, people of small ethnic groups are much aware about the rights and importance of their cultural expressions. Cultural activities of small ethnic groups (such as dance, music, theatre etc.) are exposed and exhibited at national and international level. The awareness building in the society of small ethnic groups is considered the main challenge as stated by Scholars, Academics and Govt. officials. More than 56% fund is utilised in Cultural Diversity program.
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