WHAT WE DO

Educo is a global development non-government organization present in Bangladesh since 1999. In partnership with schools, communities and the local government, we carry out our programs in 108 schools in urban and rural communities, reaching about 16,000 school children and their families each year.

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At present, EDUCO Bangladesh works in 14 sub-districts across 5 districts of Dhaka, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions

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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WORKING CHILDREN enrolled from the most marginalized families
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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS establised, that cater to more than 400 children aged 3 to 5 years
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PRIMARY SCHOOLS where we directly operate with over 7,000 children
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PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED in schools both in urban and rural municipalities and remote communities

Our current projects

Development projects

Project location: Dhaka, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Gazipur

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Facilitating schools to develop school safety plan conducting hazard vulnerability and capacity assessment
– Organizing regular simulation exercise/mock drills at schools for testing response skills and improving the capacity of schools during disaster
– Supporting schools in mitigating the risks of disasters for the safety of school students
– Building capacity of school disaster management committee, parents and local government through orientation and training and also developing relevant IEC materials

Funded by: Educo

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Project location: Dhaka, Mymensingh, Gazipur

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Raising awareness of children, adolescent parents, SMC and relevant participants
– Developing capacity of youth volunteers, women and girls’ groups, men and boys’ Groups
– Establishing networking and collaboration with GO, CSOs
– Conducting survey, studies, campaigns and advocacy
– Capacity development initiative for respective UP standing committee, village court

Funded by: Educo

Project location: Dhaka, Mymensingh, Gazipur, Narayanganj

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Capacity building of youth and adolescents/local administration representatives/stakeholders on child protection and other governance issues
– Monitoring and gap identification on CR issues
– Report preparation and dissemination of CRC/ UPR
– Advocacy, meetings, campaigns with policy makers/stakeholders/partners and alliances

Funded by: Educo

Project location: Dhaka

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Organizing job/skill-based trainings and employment of adolescents and youths
– Facilitating technical education for the adolescents and youths
– Arranging life skills education (including psychosocial) for adolescents and youths
– Providing residential and health support to the adolescents
– Enabling social environment for sustainable reintegration of the youths in community

Funded by: Educo

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Project location: Dhaka, Mymensingh, Gazipur, Narayanganj

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Facilitating adolescent and youth clubs
– Training and capacity development of adolescents and youths
– Sensitizing on protection and response issues
– Facilitating cultural and social activities
– Establishing networking, collaboration and linkages with GOs and NGOs

Funded by: Educo

Project location: Dhaka, Mymensingh, Gazipur, Narayanganj

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Strengthening capacity of community child protection committee
– Strengthening capacity of children’s forum on protection issues
– Raising awareness of community on child protection issues
– Enhancing capacity of Union Parishad Standing Committee on child protection system

Funded by: Educo

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Project location: Dhaka

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Facilitating quality primary education for working children and training for teachers on child-centred teaching-learning
– Promoting reading-writing skills, computer skills, ethics and value practices and facilitating cocurricular and cultural activities
– Supporting graduate working children in attaining Secondary education/TVET
– Raising awareness on negative impact of child labour among children, parents, employers and other stakeholders
– Facilitating alumni association of working children school to act as an agent of change in the community on education and protection issues and organizing dialogues with LGI and other entities on child labour issues

Funded by: Educo

Project location: Dhaka, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Gazipur

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Facilitating ECD centre in the community including pedagogical supports and capacity building of facilitators/teachers
– Facilitating quality primary education focusing reading-writing skills, ICT, library, ethics & values in child friendly environment
– Facilitating cocurricular and cultural activities for children and adolescents
– Providing scholarship support for smooth continuation of secondary level education
– Awareness rising activities on ECCE, quality education, health and nutrition and child protection with teachers, parents and caregivers
– Raising awareness on ARH, personal hygiene and nutrition

Funded by: Educo

Project location: Mymensingh

Period: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Facilitating introduction to pre-schooling in GPS for 4-5 years aged children and providing pedagogic support
– Organizing reading and math camps for the slow learners
– Facilitating value education and supporting school libraries
– Developing capacity of teachers and School Management Committees
– Raising awareness of school stakeholders on protection, gender and basic health issues

Funded by: Educo

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Project location: Bhaluka, Mymensingh

Period: January 2018 – December 2020

Key activities:
– Construction of latrine blocks and hand washing corner at Govt. primary schools
– Installation of tube wells including water supply system at Govt. primary schools
– Installation of latrines in community households
– Capacity Building of the Stakeholders (PICs, MCs, SMCs and Student council etc.)
– Organizing campaigns and orientation sessions in the schools and communities

Funded by: ChildFund Korea

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Project location: Moulvibazar

Period: February 2019 – December 2023

Key activities:
– Establishing ECD centres and facilitating early learning for children
– Facilitating primary education in GPS
– Governing adolescent and Youth development initiatives
– Conducting community health and livelihood activities

Funded by: ChildFund Korea

Implementing partners: Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA), Breaking the Silence, Multipurpose Socio-Economic Development Association (MSEDA), Prochesta

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Project location: Dhaka

Period: January 2018 – December 2020

Key activities:
– Advocacy and awareness raising at local and national level to improve child labour related laws and policies and ensure its proper implementation
– Sensitizing children, parents, employers and community against child labour
– Facilitating child friendly education for the working children in domestic and transport sector
– Linkage with health service providers to ensure access to basic health for the working children
– Providing vocational training for working children by establishing partnership with service providers

Funded by: ChildFund Korea

Implementing partner: Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO)

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Humanitarian response project

Project location: Cox’s Bazar (Rohingya refugee camp) camp 8E, camp 17 and its associated host community

Duration: January – December 2020

Key activities:
– Community-based child protection mapping assessment for identifying sub-vulnerable groups
– Capacity building program for community leaders, CBCPC and adolescent groups on children/adolescent issues including awareness campaign on EVAC (Ending Violence against Children/adolescents)
– Home visitation program for raising awareness of community members on various children/adolescent protection issues and services, parenting sessions etc. including managing concerns
– Capacity building program for host communities’ members and leaders (existing Community Based Child Protection Committees) on children/adolescent protection issues such as early marriage, child/adolescent labor, domestic violence
– Conducting piloting of 10 nonformal education modules for children and adolescents for community-based learning opportunity and two digital learning modules including training and support of frontline educators’ facilitators and tutors

Funded by: Educo and Child Fund Korea

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Emergency response projects

Project location: Dhaka, Narayanganj, Faridpur, Rajbari, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabganj

Duration: May – July 2020

Target population: 33,615

Key activities:
– Providing cash/food support to 6,413 families who lost their jobs and whose livelihoods were affected due to the ongoing coronavirus related crisis
– Providing food and hygiene kit support to 1,270 vulnerable brothel workers. In addition, distributing nutritious food packages for their 280 children
– Developing, printing, and distributing leaflet with awareness messages of COVID-19 and protection measures to the targeted beneficiaries

Funded by: Educo

Implementing partners: Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Shapla Mohila Sangstha (SMS), SACHETAN

Project location: Dhaka, Moulvibazar, Faridpur, Rajbari, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabganj

Duration: June – August 2020

Target population: 64,345

Key activities:
– Providing cash support to 2,290 families and food packages to 2,583 families who lost their jobs and whose livelihoods were affected due to the ongoing coronavirus related crisis
– Distributing 10,539 health and hygiene packages/kits to the affected community

Funded by: ChidFund Korea

Implementing Partners: Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA), Breaking the Silence, Multipurpose Socio-Economic Development Association (MSEDA), Prochesta, Shapla Mohila Sangstha (SMS), SACHETAN

Project location: Koyra Upazilla of Khulna district and Shyamnagar Upazilla of Shatkhira district

Duration: August – October 2020

Target population: 14,700

Key activities:
– Providing cash and food support to the 2,550 affected households
– Distributing hygiene packs including leaflet on COVID-19 awareness to 2,550 households
– Distributing educational materials to 5,100 affected children of 2,550 households
– Repairing tube wells at schools and cyclone shelters
– Distributing 400 water tanks for rainwater harvesting for preservation of safe drinking water

Funded by: Educo

Implementing Partners: Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS), Uttaran

Project location: Camp 8E, camp 17 and 5 unions of Ukhiya upazila

Duration: June – August 2020

Target population: 10,500

Key activities:
– Distributing hygiene kits to refugee community
– Supporting with 200 medical grade Personal protective Equipment (PPE) for health facilities and isolation wards in Ukhiya
– Distributing unconditional cash packages to selected 500 households in the host community
– Distributing IEC materials with COVID-19 and Child protection messages
– Awareness raising on COVID-19 and child protection among different stakeholders
– Providing need-based mental health and psychosocial support

Funded by: Child Fund Korea and Educo

Implementing partner: Samaj Kalyan o Unnayan Sangstha (SKUS)