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01-Jan-2020


FRIENDSHIP:

BATIKAMARI PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL AND ADULT LITERACY CENTER

Girl looking behind her and smiling while writing on a chalkboard, with Friendship and BIC Corporate Foundation logos

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

 

NGO Name: Friendship

Pillar: Access to Education for Girls and Women

Location: Bangladesh

Funding Period: 2016-2021

 

THE CHALLENGE

A vast area of shifting char islands are one of Bangladesh's vast areas in the riverine belts lacking qualified teachers, educational infrastructure and other essential services, and despite sincere efforts from the government, many underprivileged children there have little access to those resources.  While marginalized communities choose to live in those areas for their agricultural potential, they have no access to career alternatives. Combined, these obstacles limit children's opportunities. 

 

 

All photography is courtesy of projects supported by the BIC Corporate Foundation.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Batikamari School provides quality education on a char island. The schools include six classrooms, an adult education center and a secondary school. They follow the national curriculum, assessment and examination system. They are also reinforced by Friendship’s innovations, which include learning and practicing a code of ethics, environmental awareness, health and hygiene, digital learning capabilities and a listen-to-learn educational approach. The Friendship Education Program (FEP) is also integrated with other Friendship programs including health, climate change action, inclusive citizenship, sustainable economic development and cultural preservation.   

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

 “I along with my other friends were crossing for our school besides Ushas’ home and we heard someone crying. Her father is sick and they haven’t enough money to buy new clothing for her. I shared this sad story with my parents and also expressed my sad feelings for Usha. I am feeling sad because I want no students to miss his/her class for any reason”.  Appreciating her empathy for her peers, Munni’sfather embraces her out of joy and gave some money to buy a new dress and rice for Usha and her family.

 

- Munni Akter, Grade-V student 

 

Photograph: ©Friendship