Access to education for disadvantaged children and adolescents

Most of the population of Bangladesh live on the breadline and have not more than a modest roof over their heads. Therefore even the youngest children have to do physically strenuous or even dangerous jobs. Education is a real luxury, even though it would be so important that all children attend school, so as to be able to escape permanently from the vicious circle of poverty and illiteracy. Education not only contributes to tackling overpopulation, improving healthcare and solving the problem of waste; it also enables people to learn a trade, with which they can feed their families.

The project in brief:

The impetus for this project came from a request from a number of young people for a scholarship. Our partner organisation could hardly turn down the request, as it knows that education is often the only way to escape from poverty. As a result, a total of 40 students receive a scholarship enabling them to continue their studies. In return for this support, and so that they can give something back to other disadvantaged people, these students have been asked to spend several hours a day teaching at the partner organisation’s primary schools. These schools are currently attended by 1600 children from socially disadvantaged families. The school materials for these children are financed through the project.

All students attend teacher training to prepare them for their task and to guarantee the quality of education. 

In addition to the 1600 children at primary school, every year 160 street children attend a pre‑school. The aim is first of all to get them off the streets into a safe environment, and secondly to prepare them for primary school. Once children have completed pre‑school, their parents are encouraged to register them for primary school. The costs are covered through the project.

Total project cost (2017-2020): €250 780

80% of this amount will be provided by the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry. The remaining 20% (€50 156) will be covered by CSI together with the partner organisation.

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