Under the financial support from Society General- France Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been implementing 2nd phase of the project “Providing Working Children with Functional Education and Marketable Skills”in partnership with CARE Bangladesh in Uttara area under Dhaka City Corporation and Gazipur City Corporation (Tongi area) under Gazipur district from September 2011 for covering 30 moths period. CARE Bangladesh is also playing facilitating the external relation with the project counterpartsMain activities of the project:Functional Education and Life Skills: The selected 1000 working children will receive 20 months literacy and numeracy skills education of those working children who are aged between 11–14 years. In addition life skills will be provided to the learners, which include communication, behavioral issues, negotiation, and leadership and inter personal skills.
Marketable Skills Development Training:The 8-months long 2nd cycle intends to focus on marketable skills development training and advance level career building skills training, which will significantly broaden their options, expand the opportunities for the future and increase income-earning potentials of the working children. Marketable skills training will be provided to 1250 of 13-17 years old children who will attend or previously attended in functional education program and also school dropped out children.
Pre-Schooling:The Preschool learning centers will be venue for a pre-schooling for 400 younger children aged 5 to 6. The pre-school is a 1-year curriculum that will prepare children socially, emotionally and cognitively for admission at formal primary school and reduce the risk to become child laborers.
Child Resource Centre (Amader Thikana):Child Resource Centre is called as “Amader Thikana” is an inclusive approach in the society that encourages the project participants to promote the enabling environment of disadvantaged and privileged children for mainstreaming by the project through ensuring the effective community. The CRC is also aimed to reduce any kind of child violence and abuse in the community, establish rights of working children, capacity and rapport building and integration between the privileged and underprivileged children, networking with NGOs, Community and Government of Bangladesh for building social bondage and continuing the project initiative by the community people after withdraw the direct support.
Networking and advocacy:Networking and Advocacy initiative will be organized in order to create synergy between the project’s stakeholders (government and NGOs), and to strengthen the existing networks. These initiatives will ultimately contribute to CARE’s Urban Empowerment objective by leading to a more coordinated decision-making process and by leveraging a mutual expertise and experience.
Who the project will serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients)
Project Duration: 31 months (from September 2011 to March 2014)
Start date: 01 September 2011
Financial partner (Donor): Society General through CARE France
Implementing agency : CARE Bangladesh
Project Location/s and number of Field offices:
Number of project staffs and volunteers: 48 (including 39 volunteers)