On 30 November Educo Bangladesh and Bangladesh ECD Network organized a Learning and Sharing Seminar titled Development of Children in Tea Garden and Haor Region: Scope and Challenges.
Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, President of Bangladesh ECD Network (BEN) chair and moderated the program. AKM Reazul Hasan, Member, National Curriculum & Textbook Board, Mr. Bikash Kishore Das, Former Additional Secretary, Government of Bangladesh, and Mr. Md. Delwar Hossain, Consultant, JICA Support Program 3, Primary Education Development Program-4, Directorate of Primary Education were the guests of Honor. Mr. Mohammad Shariful Alam of Educo Bangladesh, Project Manager, ALOY ALOW Project presented the keynote paper in the program. BEN Secretary, BEN committee members, Representatives from INGOs, NGOs and media participated in the sharing meeting. Vice Chair of ECD Network, Education specialist from UNICEF, ECD Specialist, ELCD-Project, Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Divisional Director (PE), Sylhet Division were the discussants of the program.
Mr. Abdul Hamid, Country Director, Educo Bangladesh in his speech said, ‘Educo Bangladesh has been working with the government on education and protection of children since 1999. Educo’s strategic objective has been helping the government to achieve national development plans and SDG targets especially in the disadvantaged communities and neglected populations”. Educo Bangladesh has been implementing ALOY ALOW project with the support of Childfund Korea (CFK) aiming to improve the wellbeing of children and for a dignified life of the children growing up in tea gardens and haor especially in 30 gardens and 2 water-body in Moulvibazar district. Educo is strongly advocating the children’ right and wellbeing issues, educate from the root, on behalf of the children and vulnerable communities to the government so that our actions and practices reflect towards the government development plans to the children of 30 tea gardens, 2 hoar areas, and others vulnerable areas with the spirit of 2030 SDG’ targets- live no one behind.
The honorable guests and panelists emphasize that ALOY ALOW is a unique and integrated initiative of Educo that should be expanded and cover more geographical areas of tea gardens and communities. It is very necessary to coordinate with the Govt system for full coverage of Children education and development of their lives in other tea gardens. As the scenario of the Tea garden and Haor are different, we should concentrate more critically for the equal rights of the children in deprived areas.