With funding from the Xunta de Galicia- Spain, Educo and Samaj Kalyan o Unnayan Shangstha (SKUS) signed a partnership agreement on Thursday, August 08, 2019 to deal with the Child Protection issues – especially with the Rohingya communities in Cox’s Bazar. The signing ceremony took place at Educo Bangladesh country office where Johny M Sarker, Country Director of Educo Bangladesh and Jesmin Prema, Chairperson of SKUS signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations. Also present from Educo were Syed Matlubar Rashid (Advisor, Development and Organization), Md Nizamuddin (Director, Program Support), Emamul Hoque (Director, Resource Mobilization and Visibility), Pongkaj Moy Tripura (Team Leader, Interim, Rohingya Response), Shamsun Naima Rahman (Head of Grants Program Management), Farida Yeasmeen (Manager, Policy and Advocacy) and Farzana Khan (Manager, Resource Mobilization).
The project’s name is Child Protection Project as per FD7 approved by NGO Affairs Bureau. General Objective of the project is to contribute to the stabilization and normalization of the daily life of the Rohingya population living in the camps of Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh). The duration of the project is from August to December 2019 (5 months).
This project will strengthen community-based child protection mechanisms and refer the at-risk children to appropriate services. The project’s action is in synergy with other child protection initiatives being facilitated by other organizations working in the Rohingya camps and the host communities in Cox’s Bazar to “prevent and respond to child abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence”. Educo’s approach aims to complement the response to the unmet needs of the target population in the camps, involving four different types of beneficiaries: children and adolescents from refugee families and caregivers, teachers and community members.
Speaking on the occasion, Johny M Sarker expressed his gratitude to the Government of the Xunta de Galicia and wished that the project will bring about positive results. Jesmin Prema expressed her happiness on this new collaboration with Educo and wished that this partnership will continue far beyond this project to ensure a safer community for children.