Bangladesh: Access to Education
The Bandarban Hills Region of Bangladesh has a population of over 300,000 with a literacy rate of 42%. Despite Government policies many villages have no schools and there is virtually no access to secondary education except in regional centres.
Although the cost of secondary education in regional centres is relatively low, the cost of living is not. Therefore the project aims to provide affordable accommodation along with a conducive study environment for students from remote villages to attend high school in one of two regional centres. The project will enable students from some of the poorest, least developed and politically marginalized groups in Bangladesh to access a high school education.
The project involves the management and provision of two students hostels. In Bandarban a property is being leased and the projects is supporting a co-ordinator and the development of a business strategy to generate local income to support the hostel. In Rwangchary we have supported the purchase of an alternative property for the hostel there.
In 2014, two new female superintendents joined the 81 children studying at Bandarban and Rwangchary hostels. We hope to increase the numbers to a total of 95 students this year and value your faithful prayers and financial contributions.
Overall the project provides participants with the opportunity to break the cycle of early drop-out from education which results in a high percentage returning to subsistence farming, early marriage and in some cases substance abuse. The education provided through the project gives potential for employment and a greater contribution to the wider community.