WHAT WE DO

Educo is a global development and humanitarian action NGO based in Barcelona, Spain with over 25-year experience working in 14 countries. Since 1999, we have been implementing Education and Development programme in Bangladesh in the marginalized urban and rural areas and with time we expanded our works to broader geographical areas. Currently, we are working in 11 districts of the country.

 

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At present, Educo Bangladesh works in 11 Districts across the country, namely Dhaka, Thakurgaon, Vashanchar, Moulvibazar, Cox’s Bazar, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Shariatpur, Barisal, Barguna, Satkhira

EDUCO Bangladesh aims to empower children to express their views, ideas and opinions, and to exercise leadership. At the same time, EDUCO works with duty bearers, especially parents and local government institutions (Union Parishad), to create an enabling environment for children where they can influence the decisions that affect them.

Our major projects include: Community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD), Strengthening Child-Friendly learning environment, Child Friendly community, Promoting Quality Education in Government Primary Schools (GPS) at Bhaluka and Reduction of hazardous child labor in urban areas and Fulfillment of the Rights of the Children.

Goal: Children and adolescents exercise and enjoy their right to an equitable, transformative and quality education throughout their lives.

Goal: Children enjoy their right to live in safe and protective environments.

Goal:Children and adolescents practice active citizenship within the framework of public systems that promote their rights.

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Our current projects

Goal: People who are likely to be displaced and people who have already been displaced are parallelly protected with knowledge, skills, resilient income options and basic services provided by authorities and other actors.

Location: 05 Slums (Bakal Islampur-01, Bakal Islampur-2, Puraton Ghosh Para Colony, Sardar Para Colony and Dokkhin Kamalnagar colony) under Satkhira Municipality and 03 Unions (Paddapukur, Gabura and Burigoalini) in Shyamnagar Sub-district of Satkhira

Project brief:   Amid rising global temperatures and increasingly challenging physical environments, climate change is driving a growing number of people displaced by the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation. This project focuses on the south west region of Bangladesh, where it aims to equip communities facing climate change with the knowledge, skills, and access to finance and services to mitigate some of the worst impacts of climate change. This project is being implemented through funding provided by the EU Lives in Dignity (LiD) Grant Facility.

Scope and objectives:

Satkhira Municipality, in Bangladesh’s southwest had a population of 113,322 in 2011. By 2018, that population had risen to 169,991, a number that continues to grow as a result of people fleeing from areas severely impacted by ever-strengthening cyclones – which can leave land under water for as much as half the year. As the land gets repurposed for shrimp farms and the salinity of the land increases, its agricultural productivity falls, leading to rising unemployment and negative economic impacts for the local community. As these communities move off the land and into urban areas, most find refuge in urban slums, where women face an increased likelihood of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). While the rights of women are growing in Bangladesh as a whole, in poorer coastal regions at the coalface of climate change, women still face unequal distribution of power, poor economic conditions, a lack of opportunities and limited access to facilities such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

The project is being implemented in two locations in Satkhira districts, 03 unions in Shyamnager sub-districts, and 05 slums of Satkhira Municipality. As direct beneficiaries, the project includes 3500 population in 697 Households in slum areas of the municipality and 3500 in 3 unions of the Shyamnager sub-district. Following are the supports; the project intends to provide during its two-year duration.

This project aims to assist slum dwellers, primarily women, in Satkhira Municipality with the skills and technical and financial support to capitalize on viable income-generating options. The project will also address limited access to basic services in the slums, and will seek to bolster education, water and sanitation services, while reducing the presence of water-borne diseases. This project will also seek to address the root causes of displacement, enhancing measures aimed at prevention, protection and providing solutions for those communities at risk of being displaced from the coastal region, as well as working with slum-dwelling communities to mitigate their risk of being impacted by future climate shocks.

Expected results:

Increased income generation and livelihood opportunities for displacement affected persons

  • 390 participants have increased skills and viable income-generating opportunities through technical and financial support.

Increased access for displacement affected persons to quality and integrated basic services 

  • Representatives of five Climate Migrant Rights Group (CMRG) and one Climate Migrant Rights Federation (CMRF) are active in claiming their rights as slum dwellers.
  • Increased children’s enrolment in primary school through creating access and improving WASH & quality education to the national primary education system.
  • Reduced cases of the water-borne disease by enhancing the facilities of fresh water and improved sanitation for school-going children and slum communities.

Enhanced prevention, protection and solutions for disaster and climate-related displacement

  • At-risk climate-affected communities and slum dwellers are prepared for future climatic shocks with risk-mitigation plans.
  • At-risk climate-affected communities and slum dwellers are aware of safe migration through the development of knowledge, skills, and livelihood diversity.
  • Actionable solutions for the protection and prevention of future displacement are piloted among at-risk climate-affected communities for protection and prevention of future displacement.

 

  • Beneficiary: 7000 Persons (3500 displaced people living at 05 slums under Satkhira Municipality and 3500 people living at most affected 03 Unions of Shyamnagar Sub-district Under Satkhira
  • Total budget: 58,407,866
  • Duration: 24 months – 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024
  • Implementing organizations: Uttaran and Education and Development Foundation-Educo

SDG contributing to: SDG13.1, SDG13.3 

Location: Shariatpur, Barguna and Satkhira districts in Bangladesh

Project Brief:

The youth-led climate change project has been designed to engage the younger generations in climate change discussions, planning, and actions to better understand and address climate change issues. It aims to develop their knowledge and build their capacity so that the youth can further engage the community along with the local level duty bearers for reducing the climate change impact for a greener community. Moreover, the initiative enhances the capability and confidence of the youth for them to become more effective stakeholders and be able to express their unique concerns to their community, peers, and responsive authorities. To achieve the intended changes, A&Y will be firstly educated on climate change and the environment, subsequently, with this awareness, they will assess the environmental risks in their communities and develop an action plan to mitigate the risks within it while engaging the local government within the process. For sensitizing the community on the environment, an eco-model village will be developed by the members of the community with the support of the local government and the project demonstrate eco-friendly model activities, which will be replicated in other communities. 

 To capture the existing bad and good practices and alternative livelihood options within the community towards the environment, research will be conducted by an individual who has recently completed his/her master’s degree in environmental science or climate change.

This adolescent and youth-led project is being considered as a model and is expected to be replicated in the future for environmental reservation. Considering this aspect, the whole project will be documented by an external.

Beneficiaries:

Direct: 100 A&Ys at 03 communities in 03 districts will be directly oriented on climate change and environment. Through the peer learning process, 1100 A&Y living in the targeted location will gain knowledge on climate change and environmental issues. The project will orient a total of 60/65 farmers in each location, totaling to 200 farmers.

Indirect: Through this initiative of an eco-friendly model village, demo plot, and knowledge sharing at least 200 members of each community and a total of 600 community members will be benefited.

Major activities and Intervention areas:

  • Formation/reformation of A&Y groups and orient them on climate change and DRR
  • Conduct A&Y-led environmental audit and prepare risk reduction action plan engaging the community and relevant stakeholders
  • Awareness raising on climate change and environment through A&Y-led campaigns and meetings at the local level and social media platforms
  • Meeting for linkage of A&Y groups with other youth activists and government line departments
  • A&Y-led campaigns at schools and colleges to mobilize other A&Ys
  • Youth conference on climate/environmental issues and possible solutions
  • Form/reform farmers’ groups and orient them on climate-adaptive viable technology
  • Demonstration of viable technology for replication
  • Develop Eco-friendly model community (plantation/waste-management etc.)
  • Conduct A&Y-led social research.
  • Process Documentation (Video)

 

Implementing partners: NSS, SDS and Uttaran

SDG contributing to:   SDG13.1, SDG13.3 

Duration:   01 May 2022 – 31 December 2022

Budget: 6,832,578.00

PROJECT Goal: Contribute to strengthening protection and education while fostering wellbeing of children and adolescent in Rohingya Refugee and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

General objective: Ensuring gender-positive quality education for children and adolescent facing life threatening risks of abuse, neglect, exploitation, GBV and severe distress, Rohingya and associated host communities in Cox’s Bazar

Specific objective:

  • Adolescent girls and boys from Rohingya and host communities have access to gender-responsive learning opportunities in an enabling protective environment.
  • Adolescent girls and boys from Rohingya and host communities receive continuous and quality education that meets their educational in emergencies.

Major activities:

  • Operate multipurpose Centres (MPCs) cum Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) for children and adolescent
  • Provide relevant life skills for the children and adolescent to improve their resilience.
  • Providing PSS session, case management and referral services for victims of child protection issues
  • Mobilize and capacity building of adolescent groups
  • Messaging and mass awareness of protection risks and GBV using community-based communication channels, for e.g., radio, leaflets, billboards, posters.
  • Back-to-learning campaign for children and adolescent for retentions
  • Establishment or rehabilitation of non-formal learning facilities with WASH facilities
  • Enrolment of children and adolescents into
  • Training for teacher and facilitators
  • Provision of education and learning materials
  • Piloting digital education opportunities for the children and adolescent learners
  • Provide Vocational Education and Training to the adolescent girls and boys on market relevant trades`

Location: Camps 17, 8E and 14

Duration: 01 January 2021 to 31 December 2022

Partner: Jagorani Chakra Foundation (JCF) and Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB).

Participants: Direct- 8800, Indirect -35200

SDG contributing to: SDG04, SDG05

Goal: Contributing to achieve gender equality and create an environment that prevents, responds to and protects children and adolescents from various child protection violations, forms of gender-based violence and sexual violence while empowering communities, adolescents and children in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, Bangladesh.

 

Outcome 1: Adolescents – amongst them survivors, witnesses and/or victims of GBV and sexual violence – are able to prevent and respond to GBV and sexual violence and related child protection issues, and access quality case management services

 

Outcome 2: Caregivers, formal and informal teachers as well as religious leaders and Majhi’s are proactive in preventing and responding to GBV and sexual violence and other related child protection issues, affecting children and adolescents.

 

Outcome 3: Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms (CBCPMs) work effectively at community and camp level to prevent and respond to GBV and sexual violence and other related child protection issues, affecting children and adolescents.

 

Activities:

  • Establish Adolescent Clubs 12 to <17 years old
  • Train the adolescent club (girls & Boys) on Child Rights, Child protection issues at Rohingya camps and host community
  • Awareness campaign organized by adolescent club members
  • Train adolescent girls and boys on gender equality, GBV and sexual violence
  • Home visitation program for awareness raising on Child protection and GBV
  • Radio program for raising awareness
  • GBV risk identification and mitigation plan by adolescent, caregivers, CBCPC
  • Organize training for caregivers and parents as per curriculum on GBV and positive parenting
  • Train Madrasa and school teachers on Gender Based Violence and positive discipline following the curriculum
  • Train Learning Center Management Committee GBV, PFA and positive discipline
  • Capacity building for religious leaders on child protection, GBV and sexual violence, as well as positive discipline
  • Establish community-based child protection mechanism
  • Capacity building for CBCPC following curricula on GBV, case identification, recording and Refferal pathway
  • Coordination with GO NGO actors and service providers at camp level

 

Location: Camp 17, 8W, 8E and associated host community

Duration: 1st January 2021- 31st December 2022)

Partner: Jagorani Chakra Foundation (JCF), Radio Naf, Samaj Kalyan O Unnayan Shangstha (SKUS) 

Participants: Direct-6554, Indirect -13090

SDG contributing to: SDG03, SDG04, SDG05, SDG16

General objective:

  • Decreased human suffering associated with natural or human-induced disasters (camps)
  •  Children and youth are protected and have more resilient communities (camps and host communities)

Specific objective:

  • Distribution of life saving and protective materials to Rohingya and host communities
  • Provide psychosocial support (PSS) to children and youth
  • Community Based Child Protection Committees established for ensuring the protection of children and youth
  • Adolescent & Youth Clubs established
  • Develop and implement youth and child led disaster risk reduction action plans

Activities:

  • Provision of hygiene kits packages for 800 HHs both in camps and host community
  • Distribution of assistive device to 150 children with disabilities (CwD) in Rohingya and host communities
  • Distribution of 1000 portable solar lights to Rohingya and host communities to protect adolescent from GBV
  • Conduct 400 home visit for assessment of children, adolescent and youth in need of MHPSS
  • Conduct 48 session on MHPSS activities for 12 adolescent and youth group’s members
  • Conduct 200 individual MHPSS session for children, adolescent and youth
  • Provision of play materials for 200 children, adolescent and youth those need MPSS support (drawing materials, ball, skipping rope etc.)
  • Staff orientation on MHPSS
  • Community consultation for formation of 12 CBCPC
  • Conduct orientation session and quarterly meetings with community leaders, parents and existing CBCPC members on child protection
  • Conduct 200 home visit by Child protection faciliatory to aware parents and other community people on child protection.
  • Consultation meeting for formation 12 A & Y club
  • Orientation and Quarterly awareness session for A & Y and existing A & Y club members on child protection and Gender based violence
  • Campaigns on ending violence against children organized by A & Y clubs
  • Orientation session for school students and A & Y (including religious leaders) and CBCPC members on DRR preparedness and climate change.
  • Conduct session with school students and A&Y for preparing disaster risk reduction action plan and for implementation of DRR plan with sharing with community leaders and people
  • Provision of life savings kit package for protection from different hazards both in Camps and host community.
  • Radio program content development and Broadcast for child centered DRR and COVID-19 prevention messages to the camp level
  • DRR message dissemination through listening club

Location: Camp 18, 17, 4 and associated host community

Duration: 01 January -31 December 2022

Partner:Samaj Kalyan Unnayan Shangstha (SKUS)

Participants: Direct-7540, Indirect-10000

SDG contributing to: SDG05, SDG013, SDG16

General objective: To contribute to reduce violence and exploitation against children and improve their access to quality education in Rohingya and crisis affected Host community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

 

Specific objective: To protect Children and adolescents from violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse by strengthening community-based mechanisms and capacity.

To enhance access to quality education in a safe and secure environment for the children and adolescent of Rohingya and host community.

 

Activity:

  • Project Operation Orientation meeting held for CBCPC and other stakeholders in Camp-8E, Camp-17 and in host community.
  • 200 of Community Based Child Protection Committees members (50% of girl) who will participate in awareness raising activities
  • 200 of community adolescents and young people (50% of girl) who will participate in awareness raising activities
  • 200 children and adolescent will receive sports item and participated
  • Children led campaigns on EVAC in Host Community
  • 1 sports event will be held in the camp-17
  • Home visit program to aware adolescent and their families on child protection issues
  • 12 Community Based Learning Facilities (CBLF) center operating in Rohingya refugee camps
  • 360 adolescent boys and girls (243 girls), aged 6 to 18 are benefited from community based nonformal education
  • 84 parents, caregivers, teachers participated in Learning Center Management Committee (LCMC) meeting
  • 1 Multipurpose Center operations of child friendly space
  • 120 of Multipurpose Center learners received materials and learning aid
  • 120 of Multipurpose Center learners received life skill training.
  • 2 Learning sharing workshop with adolescent boys and girls and relevant stakeholders
  • 300 Learners of Community Based Learning Facilities (CBLF) and Multipurpose Center will receive mosquito net
  • 180 Learners of Community Based Learning Facilities (CBLF) and Multipurpose Center will receive sports materials
  • 50 Children with disability will receive assistive device
  • 1000 of children (age 6-12) in host community will receive education support materials.
  • 1000 children will participate in tree plantation event with parents in host community
  • DRR IEC materials will be distributed to host community

 

Location- Camp 17, 8E and associated host community

Duration: 01 January -31 December 2022

Partner: Implemented by Educo

Participants: Direct: 4074, Indirect: 8148

SDG contributing to: SDG04, SDG05, SDG16.

The project aims to boost the capacity of adolescents and youth (A&Y) by building skills and empowering them to increase civic engagement. It contributes towards facilitating smooth transition to adulthood through capitalizing their skills and exercising their rights to act as positive change agents of society.  It also focuses on training them in market-oriented skills so that they can access employability and connect them to sustainable livelihoods and income generating opportunities, as well as strengthen their participation in community-improvement and decision-making processes. Overall, this project can contribute to the social transformation of the targeted disadvantaged communities in the river basin and coastal areas.

Overall goal of the project: Contribute to exercise the rights of adolescents & Youth from disadvantaged communities in the river basin and coastal areas of Bangladesh

Location: Shariatpur, Barguna and Barishal

Project participants:

The direct target group of this project are 6,000 adolescents and youth, and among them 50% are girls and young women.  The age range of the target groups is approx. 12 – 24 years. The indirect beneficiaries of this project are the children of the wider community, community peer groups of AY club members, their family members (16,000), local government representatives and service providers, job providers and government counterparts (160).

Major activities and Intervention areas

  • Building capacity of A&Y to strengthen their agency.
  • Sensitize key stakeholders to provide A&Y responsive service delivery.
  • A&Y are engaged to develop desired behaviors and facilitate action for ending.
  • Facilitate youth led community-based child protection system.
  • Introducing Sports for Development (S4D) tools for the potential development of A&Y.
  • Providing employability related skills to the targeted A&Y.
  • Providing training on life-skills and to the A&Y.
  • Increasing awareness and capacity of A&Y to engage communities and allocate resources to issues that affect the realization of their rights.

Implementing partners:  Nazrul Smrity Sangshad (NSS), Shariatpur Development Society (SDS), Saint Bangladesh

SDG contributing to: 16.7, 5.3, 8.3

Duration:   01 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

Strengthening community resilience to disaster through school safety initiative is a two-year (2021-2022) project has been being implemented since January 2021 in three sub-districts in the Shariatpur, Barisal, and Barguna districts in partnership with three Partner NGOs, namely SDS in Shariatpur, Saint-Bangladesh in Barisal and NSS in Barguna district. This project aims to children and adolescent in the under privileged communities’ exercises and enjoy their rights to safer education in their schools and protected environment in their community to disaster.

Overall Goal Of the project: Enhance community resilient through promoting comprehensive school safety initiative in the targeted river and costal districts in Bangladesh.

Project participants:

Project has primarily targeted secondary school’s students, education authority and their families living in most vulnerable location for flood, cyclone, and river erosion. The direct project participants are age between 12-18 years.  The key stakeholders of the project are children, youth, parents, community people, and representative of Union Parishad (UP) and they will be treated as direct participants.

Participants and beneficiary’s numbers:

Direct Participants: 10915

  • Children and Adolescents: 10315
  • Youth: 300
  • Teachers: 300

Indirect beneficiary: 24052

Major activities of the project:

  • Capacity building of partner’s staff and selected school teachers on DRR and school safety issues
  • Facilitate task forces and orient (awareness, early warning, first aid and psychosocial) groups formation in school and relevant activities
  • Enhance knowledge of youth and adolescents club on DRR & CCA
  • Develop IEC materials for school and community level awareness 
  • Children and adolescent led awareness-raising at in communities and school level.
  • Capacity building of SMC on DRR, school safety, EiE and climate change
  • Support school for Education in Emergency and child led advocacy for DRR in Education and EiE
  • Joint advocacy at national level on DRR issues.

SDG contributing to: 4a

Duration: 01 January 2021-December 2022.

Implementing partners:  Nazrul Smrity Sangshad (NSS), Shariatpur Development Society (SDS), Saint Bangladesh

General Objective: To contribute to the reduction of hazardous child labour in Bangladesh

Specific Objective: To protect children from hazardous child labour in the fish farming and processing sectors in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Project brief:

Education, an inalienable universal right, is key to eliminating child labor and breaking the cycle of poverty in which thousands of children in Bangladesh live. The project the aims to reduce hazardous forms of child labour, particularly within the dry fish processing and supply chain of shrimp and crab industries in the coastal region of Bangladesh. The project has been significantly contributing to protect children from hazardous works and to ensure their education and other rights and entitlements to enable a dignified life for them. The project aims to withdraw 800 child labourers from hazardous work through providing non-formal/formal education and technical training followed by decent job placement. The project is also working with children, parents, employers and community to sensitize them on hazardous works. Apart from that, the project has been advocating with local government and administration for proper implementation of child labour related laws and policies.

Beneficiary: 800 working children from hazardous fish farming and processing sector, 1,700 secondary duty bearers, 72 primary duty bearers and 5,500 indirect beneficiaries.

Location: Sadar Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district and Shyamnagar Upazila of Satkhira district in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Project duration: From January 2021 to December 2024

Major activities and interventions:

  • Provide education services for the children involved in hazardous works.
  • Support children to have access to mainstream government and non-government education institutions
  • Arrange life skill and technical training for children and adolescents
  • Create linkage of youths with employers for expected dignified jobs and entrepreneurship opportunity
  • Strengthen CBCPS to protect children from hazardous work and GBV
  • Awareness raising of the community; especially parents and employers on negative impact of child labour
  • Sensitize local government and administration to function as the respective local committees following existing action plans
  • Advocacy with national government to reformulate polices and laws through networking with like-minded organizations.

Donor: Educo (January-December 2021), ADEY FOUNDATION (January 2022-December 2024)

Implementing partners: Uttaran at Satkhira district and POPI at Cox’s Bazar district.

SDG contributing to: 8.7, 4.1, 16.2

Goal: Improve access to education and reduce child labour and exploitation in domestic works, transport sector, automobile workshop and scavenging in Dhaka city.

Outcome:

  1. Child labour related laws, policies and regulations are improved, adopted and practiced at national level.
  2. Working children in hazardous works are withdrawn from hazardous work.
  3. Communities combat against child labour and exploitation especially hazardous labour.

Project brief:

The project has planned with children engaged in domestic works, transport sector, automobile workshop and scavenging in Dhaka city. Through the project, 100 working children are receiving primary education service through establishing one school at targeted community and 290 ODHIKAR phase-1 children are getting support and follow-up for smooth continuation of their education in different mainstream schools. The children will receive vocational training as part of their skill development to release themselves from hazardous jobs. The project is also working with the families of these children, as well as employers and community people to sensitize them against child labour. Apart from direct service delivery, the project has given emphasis on policy, advocacy, and networking to influence the national level agenda on child labour. Advocacy for improvement of relevant laws, policies and their implementation are a major component of the project.

Beneficiary: 390 working children from domestic works, transport sector, automobile workshop and scavenging, 780 families and 1,00,000 community people.

Location: 1 Community in Adabor Thana under Dhaka City Corporation.

Project duration: from August,2022 to July,2025(36 months).

Major activities and interventions:

  • Provide basic education service for the targeted working children.
  • Provide vocational training for the older children through linkages.
  • Sensitize employers, children, parents and community people against negative impacts of child labour.
  • Establishing Community Based Child Labour Monitoring Committee to monitor child labour situation at local level.
  • Provide IGA support (Income Generating Activity) to the working children and their families.
  • Awareness raising at local and national level against child labour.
  • Provide technical backstopping to the Child Labour Unit under Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • Advocacy with government for improvement of child labour related laws and policies as well as its proper implementation.
  • Networking with like-minded NGOs and alliances for strengthening advocacy efforts.
  • Conduct research/study to contribute towards evidence-based advocacy at national level.

Donor: ChildFund Korea.

Implementing partner: Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO).

SDG number/s contributing to:  8.7, 4.1 and 16.2

General Objective: To contribute strengthening the protective environment of Rohingya FDMN adolescent and youth living in Bhashanchar

Specific Objective: To improve protection status of Rohingya FDMN in Bhashanchar through adolescent and protection actors’ engagement.

Major Activities:

  • 10 Adolescent and Youth Club
  • Awareness and life skill session
  • Strengthening referral pathway
  • Psychosocial support (PSS) for children and adolescent
  •  10 Livelihood Group 
  • Video documentary
  • Sports event for adolescent and youth
  • Capacity Building Training 
  • Demonstration of firm and agricultural plots
  • Agriculture and livestock support for 200 HHs

Location: Bhashanchar

Duration: 1st July 2022 -31st December 2022s

Implementing partner: Uttaran

Participants: Direct- 320, Indirect- 1,200

Project Concern Person: Adolescent (12 -18) and Youth (18 – 24)

SDG contributing to: SDG 16, 05 and 02 (SDG target 16.2, 5.1 and 2.4)

Goal: Contribute to ensure 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.

Location: Sreemangal and Kamolganj upazilas of the Moulvibazar

Project brief: 

ALOY ALOW Project is being implemented in Sreemangal and Kamolganj upazilas of the Moulvibazar district, under the Sylhet division. Project areas are lagging behind than the other areas of Bangladesh in most development indicators in the areas of health and education. The scenario is even worse in the tea garden and Haor areas. The tea gardens and Haors are marginalized areas where majority of the households remain in extreme poverty and exclusion. The tea garden/ hilly area populations are more likely to be day laborers. Project is being trying to address the major identified problems in this area, such as:

  1. a) Poor access to education with very high dropout in primary education cycle,
  2. b) High prevalence of malnutrition,
  3. c) Poor water and sanitation facilities in the community and schools,
  4. d) limited livelihood opportunities,
  5. e) Lack of Child protection and
  6. f) Seasonal flood in Haor areas including flash floods.

The communities in these gardens have been in long deprivation of accessing to government facilities such as Education, health, nutrition, sanitation and livelihood. Project is mainly focusing on the Early Childhood Development (ECD), Strengthening the primary education, Adolescent empowerment and Livelihood program through community mobilization.

Beneficiary: 

Young Children (Under 5) – 8560

Children (5-10 Years) – 7680

Facilitator – 194

Teacher- 134

Civil Servant staff-37

Tea Garden staff- 56

Youth (18-24 Years) – 480 (direct)

Youth (18-24 Years) – 14,390 (indirect + program coverage)

Union Parishad representatives- 156

Women/Mother- 33,440

SMC members- 352

Panchayet member- 450

Major activities and Intervention areas:

 

Day care program

ECD Program

Pre-primary Program

Strengthening Primary education

Adolescent and Youth Development

Livelihood

Child Protection

DRR

Health & Nutrition

Water & Sanitation

 

Donor: ChildFund Korea and Educo

 

Implementing partners:

 

Institute of Development Affairs-IDEA

Breaking the Silence-BTS

Multipurpose Socio-Economic Development Association-MSEDA

Prochesta 

 

SDG number/s contributing to: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17

Duration: March 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023

Project Brief: The project aims to contribute to safe, equitable and child-centered quality primary education in 60 primary schools in urban and peri-urban areas of Bangladesh. The project will contribute to increasing children’s participation and performance in learning competencies through improved co-curricular, cultural and sports activities. Pedagogic materials will be provided for the students of the schools involved, in order to facilitate the access of out-of-school children to formal education and improve the performance of students with learning difficulties. To improve basic learning skills, language and mathematics in the early grades, the learning reinforcement program on basic mathematics and language skills will be facilitated in the 60 primary schools.

In addition, initiatives will be carried out with children, teachers, parents, and members of the School Management Committee with the aim of developing skills to create a safe and violence-free learning environment in the school. In 2022, Educo will focus its program intervention through a Community Education Model (CEM), a pedagogical strategy to promote quality education with a community-based approach, in which families, children and adolescents, human resources, volunteers, teachers, community institutions are actively involved in the learning process, to achieve results and ensure completion of the educational cycle at the primary grade. The project also includes action strategies such as the creation of a school-based child protection Mechanism to promote child friendly school environment.

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Objective: The objective of the project is to contribute to safe, equitable and child-centered quality primary education in 60 public primary schools in urban and peri-urban areas of Bangladesh.

Major Activities:

  • Enhancing co-curricular, cultural and sports activities at school level
  • Promoting school library initiative for enhancing knowledge and reading ability
  • Providing pedagogic materials for children of the intervention schools
  • Creating access to education for out of school children
  • Linkage & Collaboration with government entities at Local and National level
  • Training for education professionals on Child-centered teaching-learning process.
  • Facilitating learning CAMP for slow learners on basic mathematics and reading skills
  • Building Capacity of SMC, and relevant stakeholders on management and protection issues
  • Strengthening school-based child protection system at school level

Location: Dhaka, and Mymensingh (Bhaluka) districts

Duration: 12 Months.

Implementing partner: People’s Oriented Program Implementation (POPI) (for Mymensingh), Nari Maitree (for Dhaka)

Direct Beneficiaries: 13,000 children, Teachers, SMC members.

Indirect Beneficiaries: 50,000 local people.

SDG contributing to: 4.1, 4.5, 4.a

Duration:   01 January 2022 – 31 December 2022

Project Brief: This project will cover 12,000 primary grade children (girls 6,230) at 80 Government Primary Schools located in Rajshahi and Thakurgaon districts. It will contribute to improving the continuation and learning competencies of children as well as decrease the rate of out of school children. It will develop capacity of teachers on improved teaching-learning process. The project will promote safe and violence free school environment for the girls and boys, especially the children of indigenous groups. The project will focus on the participation of children by creating an inclusive environment, facilitating children’s reading & math skills while ensuring participation of minority ethnic groups, and on enhancing co-curricular, cultural, library and reading activities. Additionally, school-based child protection system and response mechanism will be established with the participation of children and school teams.

General Objective: Contribute to safe, quality and equitable primary education in vulnerable and indigenous communities of Bangladesh.

Specific Objective: To enhance learning competencies of the targeted children in government primary schools.

Major Activities:

Strengthening participation of indigenous children by creating an inclusive environment

Facilitating children’s reading & math skills while ensuring participation of minority ethnic groups

Enhancing co-curricular, cultural, library, and reading activities

Empowering of SMC, Students Council and other community level stakeholders

Functioning network and alliance through meetings, campaigns for collective role of GO/CSOs

Training for the teachers and school team

Celebrating Teacher’s Day and seminar on teachers and dignity of education

Strengthening school-based child protection system at school level

Promoting safe and joyful learning environment

Location: Rajshahi and Thakurgaon districts under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions of Northern Bangladesh.

Duration: 24 Months

Implementing partner: Sachetan Society, Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO)

Participants:

Direct: 13,320 children (primary school), Teachers, SMC members.

Indirect: 23,500 local people

SDG contributing to: SDG 4.1, SDG 4.5, SGD 4.a

Duration:   01 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

Brief of Project: Educo Bangladesh is initiating a two-year project in the remote areas of Bangladesh in partnership with three national organizations namely POPI, Sachetan Society and ESDO. The project has been designed to make greater impact towards the learner’s holistic improvement in an integrated way. The project will focus on the most disadvantaged communities including ethnic minority areas of Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh for the potential development of young (4-5 year aged) children for their smooth transition to the next stage of life cycle. The desired changes will be made in alignment with Vision 2021 of the Bangladesh Government, Education Policy 2010, 4th Primary Education Development Programme and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4.2). This project covers 120 Preprimary classes under 120 Government Primary Schools, with 3,600 Preprimary children (boys-1750/girls1850) in 3 districts.

Goal: The project aims to contribute towards promoting an inclusive learning opportunity for the young children in disadvantaged communities of Bangladesh to ensure their smooth transition to primary education.

Project Location: Bhaluka under Mymensingh District, Godagari under Rajshahi District and Ranisankail under Thakurgaon District.

Project Participants

Direct: 4710

Female: 2,435; Male: 2,275

Right Holder: 3,600 (Children)

Duty Bearer: 1,110

Indirect: 7,500

Female: 3,800

Male: 3,700

Major Activities and Interventions:

Play-based Learning Module and tools development.

Pedagogical Support for Children and Teachers.

Teacher’s Training on Play-based Teaching-Learning.

Capacity building of Parents on ECCE.

Capacity building of SMC, PTA and Youth groups.

Study on PPE extension Framework.

Capacity building of Education Standing Committee.

Networking, Collaboration and Advocacy.

Implementing partners: Sachetan Society, Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), People’s Oriented Program Implementation (POPI)

SDG contributing to: 4.2

Duration:   01 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

Goal

Contribute to the development of optimum potentials of adolescents & youth towards their socio-economic development

Location

Mymensingh and Dhaka districts

Project brief:

Adolescent and Youth (A&Y) empowerment initiatives will improve the living standards of these young people through facilitating life skills education and vocational training. The youth will become active citizens, be aware of their rights and have greater capacity and opportunity to contribute towards personal, communal and local development solutions. This young force will contribute to wider development by disseminating knowledge at the family and community level on rights awareness, gender harmony and environmental management. Selected adolescents and youth of A&Y clubs will be capacitated to act as a resource pool to roll out their learnings among the peers, schools and communities. The project will also create linkage or collaboration with relevant organizations to ensure required accommodation, health care, technical education, and employment support or to initiate reintegration process for the 32 Educo Shishu Nibash (ESN) beneficiaries.

Project participants

Approximately, 2032 adolescents and youth, whose age group is 12-24 years, will be benefited within the targeted communities of Dhaka and Mymensingh.

The other stakeholders of the program will be 6,800 children, parents, community people, CBOs, CSOs, Service providers and 100 local and national government departments and representatives. Moreover, sponsorship children will be benefited from the project.

Major activities and Intervention areas

Build capacity to strengthen A & Y agency

Collaboration to sensitize key stakeholders to provide A&Y responsive service delivery

Facilitate youth led community-based child protection system

Facilitate life-skills education to A&Y

Facilitate cultural, co-curricular activities and Sports for Development

Provide employability related skills and job placement

Create networking and collaboration with employer and key stakeholders

Facilitate education, skill development and employment for A & Y (ESN)

Safe accommodation, health and emergency support for A&Y (ESN)

Implementing partners

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), Nari Maitree and People’s Oriented Program Implementation (POPI)

SDG contributing to: 5, 8 and 16

Duration:   01 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

Goal

The goal of the project is to develop A&Y for the advancement of the Indigenous community, particularly creating an enabling environment to uphold adolescents’ rights and entitlements.

Location

Rajshahi and Thakurgaon district

Project brief:

The aim of the project is to support adolescents and youth (A&Y) from disadvantaged communities through interventions that provide opportunities for strengthening the capacity of agency to exercise their rights to participation, gaining life skills for smooth transition of their roles and technical skills for accessing decent work. Broadly, adolescent input and participation will ensure a positive impact in every aspect so that their voice and their needs are integrated into project implementation. The project will generate evidence for further advocacy and sustainable social changes.

Project participants

The direct target group of this project will be 4,000 adolescents and youth, with 50% girls and young women among them. It will cover 80 communities (clubs/agency) from the northern part of Bangladesh. The age range of the target groups is approx. 11 – 24 years. The indirect target beneficiaries of this project are children of wider community, community peer group of AYC members, their family members (6750), Local government representatives and service provider, job provider and Government counterparts (50).

Major activities and Intervention areas

Build capacity of adolescent and youth to strengthen their agency

Collaboration to sensitize key stakeholders to provide A&Y responsive service delivery

Facilitate youth led community-based child protection system

Facilitate life-skills education to A&Y

Increasing awareness and capacity of A&Y to engage communities and allocate resources to issues that affect the realization of their rights

Facilitate cultural, co-curricular activities and Sports for Development

Provide employability related skills and job placement

Create networking and collaboration with employer and key stakeholders

Implementing partners: Sachetan Society and ESDO

SDG contributing to: 16.7, 5.3, 8.3

Duration:   01 January 2021 – 31 December 2022