Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, a city which has grown
immensely in the 20th century from tens of thousands of inhabitants to
the presently estimated 12 million.
is located immediately North of Dhaka, but is within the Gazipur
District. Many of the people who live in Tongi commute to Dhaka
each day, mainly by bus. Many people are also employed at
factories in EPZs, Export Processing Zones. EPZs are areas given
special tax and tariff exemptions by the government in order to
Gazipur is located about 30 kilometers North of downtown Dhaka and may
be considered a suburb of the capital. Like Dhaka, Gazipur is
both a city and a district. A National Forest lies just North of
Gazipur. Gazipur is served by a large railway station as well.
During Bangladesh's Liberation War in which Bangladesh separated from
Pakistan, the first armed resistance against Pakistan occupation forces
began in Gazipur.
Gazipur is home to a number of academic institutions including the
Islamic Institute of Technology, Bangladesh National University and the
Madrassa Teacher Training Institute. In addition, there are many
primary and secondary schools in Gazipur, and many have been involved
in Global Connections and Exchange Program projects.