Educo Bangladesh held a Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony for Accessing Learning Opportunities to the Young, Adolescents and Livelihood Options for Women (ALOY-ALOW) project on July 21, 2019 at Educo Bangladesh head office. Educo Bangladesh signed the agreement with the following partners:
• Breaking the Silence (BTS),
• Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA),
• Prochesta and
• Multi-purpose Socio Economic Development Association (MSEDA).
Johny M Sarker, Country Director, EDUCO Bangladesh, Nazmul Haque, Executive Director, Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA), Ali Naki Khan, Executive Director, Prochesta, Md. Tohirul Islam Milon, Chief Executive, Multi-purpose Socio Economic Development Association (MSEDA), Roksana Sultana, Executive Director, Breaking the Silence signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.
The ALOY ALOW project aims to contribute to ensuring the rights to education and dignity of life of children following an integrated development program approach in the hard to reach areas of Moulvibazar district in Bangladesh. Among other problems it will address access to education, high prevalence of malnutrition and water borne diseases among the children, the issue of child protection, poor water and sanitation facilities in the project targeted tea gardens of Sreemangal and Kamalganj Upazilas of the Moulvibazar district.
The project is jointly funded by ChildFund Korea and Educo and will last for nearly 5 years. Early Childhood Development (ECD), quality education, livelihoods, adolescence empowerment, Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and advocacy are the project’s main areas of intervention.
In his speech Johny M Sarker expected that successful completion of the project will contribute to the development of a safe, sustainable and resilient community in Moulvibazar. Everyone emphasized knowledge sharing between partners and promoting best practices from each organization as important supplements of the project.
During 2016, Educo Bangladesh carried out a study on Child Rights Situation Analysis (CRSA) in Bangladesh. The study identified tea garden and haor areas as the most disadvantaged and vulnerable areas in terms of children’s education, protection and other relevant wellbeing factors. Hence, this project is directly linked with Educo Bangladesh’s country strategy, which is to promote child wellbeing and the rights of disadvantaged people.