On 12 December Educo Bangladesh and The Daily Ittefaq (funded by ChildFund Korea) have jointly organized a roundtable discussion on the issue of Child Development in Tea Garden and Haor Areas, Southern-Eastern part of Bangladesh at the Daily Ittefaq, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mr. Md. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, honorable Member of Parliament and State Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ms. Meher Afroz Chumki, Member of Parliament and the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Women and Children Affairs and Mr. Saiful Islam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare were respectfully present as Chief Guest, Special Guest and Guest of Honour. Ms. Tasmimah Hossain, Editor, The Daily Ittefaq Chaired the program. Mr. Abdul Hamid, Country Director of Educo Bangladesh has delivered the inaugural speech and shared the objective of the roundtable. A presentation on the ALOY ALOW project activities, achievement, learning, challenges, and expectation were done by the project Manager of ALOY ALOW.
The Chief Guest stated that ALOY ALOW project activities and Educo’s approach is taking part as a model initiative for the development of children in the deprived Tea Garden and Haor (waterbody) areas. He has suggested to continue the project’ activities for a longer period in this community especially for the children to achieve the target of Government and SDG. The special guest in her speech gave emphasis on the livelihood and education issues for the children of Tea Garden so that they can develop themselves and use their skill in Tea Industry. The Additional secretary of the Ministry of Social welfare also mentioned that the Government has taken several initiatives for the education of tea garden children, and they are also allocated stipend like other children. He further added that Concern ministries have no adequate manpower to cover the huge population so GO-NGO coordination is highly important to fulfill the Govt. target of SDGs.
Also, UNICEF representative, Academicians, NCTB member, child rights activist from INGOs and NGOs participated in the roundtable and has given their valuable suggestions and recommendations to carry out the programs in Tea Garden and Haor (water body) and shown their commitment to extend support towards the children of deprived communities like Tea Garden and Haor areas.
Read more: https://epaper.ittefaq.com.bd/?date=2021-12-23 (23 December, page 07)