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Mainstream educational programme for the children of disaster affected area of northern Bangladesh

Friendship aims to implement a sustainable education to address the natural disaster disaster affected area of northern Bangladesh

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What problem does your innovation solve?

2,491 of our total 4,152 students will be educated on a primary level The dropout (due to disaster) rate of students will reduce by 20% (A 40% dropout rate has been assumed, source -A EFA GMR 2006 ). All 4,152 students will have knowledge on basic hygiene and will practice this knowledge Local government representative will engage in Vocational Training Courses Parents will send their girl children to school during emergency

Explain your innovation.

Students who have access to Friendship’s “schooling interventions” will have the opportunity to better academic competencies as well as knowledge building in terms of ethical, good behavior, civic responsibilities and life skills which lead to reduced vulnerability from natural disasters, better life opportunities and inter-dependent learning compared to the stage they were in before. The primary education programme of Friendship will aims to provide education to the children (especially the girls) who live in remote and disaster areas and do not have any access to school. Apart from academic competencies, the classes are also about good behavior, respect, sanitary issues, and children’s rights. Incorporation of the Government system of Pre-Primary Education. While Friendship has been providing Shishu level education from the outset, it will now be incorporating the Government approved Pre-Primary Education in its curriculum. Developing a suitable system to assess the reasons of absence of drop outs of students. Friendship will work in cooperation with Government schools and attempt to improve the quality of services provided in those schools. Friendship will focus greatly on building an ideal model of schools that the Government will feel comfortable about replicating. Friendship will train people from the community itself, teachers and school community members and they will still be there if Friendship leaves and they could still keep the schools operational.

Who benefits?

Total 6744 five pluss age children of 60 chars in the Gaibandha and Kurigram districts in the North of Bangladesh.Among them 65% will be girls student who live in the disaster exposed area. They will learn how to recognise and celebrate their uniqueness, develop their full potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.It will aim to foster the development of key skills in communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, inquiry, investigation and analysis, and social and personal awareness and interaction. In particular, it places key emphasis on the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills. • The curriculum also aims to develop awareness among children of the environment surrounding them, and make them active members of that environment.

How is your innovation unique?

Nothing is unique until it's failed to bring positive changes or success for target group. Our intervention will able bring positive change because :A BROADER ACCESSIBILITY; Friendship offers education to the kids, the adolescents who missed their start in primary schools, and the girls who did not have the chance to attend school. Compared to the control (non intervention area) area we have seen that Friendship is the only one working on. This accessibility to education increases considerably THE INTEREST that the community will have in it which leads to A GROWING AWARENESS of the importance of school. This intervention will SENSITIZE the people about sending their girls to school. One of the distinguishing characteristics of our intervention is regarded THE CONTENT of the courses.Friendship primary schools place great emphasis on the good behavior of children, they learn to respect others, they learn about the importance of cleanliness, of their rights as children, and so on.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

It is important to note the fragility of disaster area's topographies which is affected to a large extent by environmental conditions. It is also necessary to note the temperamental nature of Bangladeshi politics which often hinder progress for months on end. Any project undertaken must proceed with these two issues in mind.

Tell us more about you.

Friendship is a non-governmental organisation that aims to help poor people in remote and unaddressed communities in Bangladesh.Friendship works in remote areas of northern Bangladesh, on the shifting river islands (known as Chars) of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers. We make it our priority to reach communities in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. The marginalised Char dwellers count among the most underprivileged communities in the world. We are also active in the southern coastal areas.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

We prepare communities to face natural disasters: We put prevention and mitigation measures in place to reduce the impact of natural disasters and help save lives and livelihoods.We deliver immediate emergency relief: In times of crisis, Friendship delivers immediate emergency relief services to remote communities and ensures their basic needs are met.We help communities recover after a natural disaster by providing basic supplies, shelter, access to clean water and essential healthcare.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

60 disaster prone area in the Gaibandha and Kurigram districts in the North of Bangladesh.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

We work in partnership with people, communities, organisations and the government to create solutions to the challenges faced by the poor and marginalized communities in Bangladesh. Friendship has set up a network of entities worldwide. We work directly with private and public donors, relying upon intermediary organisations only when there is a close match of agendas.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

Our work began by making healthcare more accessible to them. In 1994, a river barge was sailed from France to Bangladesh and donated for use by the people of Bangladesh. In education sector we are working more than decade,Friendship is proud to have successfully built and established 78 self-sufficient schools where previously there were no government schools in remote areas of Bangladesh. This has given children in marginalised communities the chance to enjoy their basic right to education.

Innovation Maturity

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location

Friendship works in remote areas of northern Bangladesh, on the shifting river islands (known as Chars) of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers.



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