Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Words To Reality

Words To Reality: Promoting Street Children’s Rights in Bangladesh

Project Name: Words To Reality: Promoting Street Children’s Rights in Bangladesh

Project Introduction:

In Bangladesh major problems of street children includes insecure life; physical and sexual abuse by adults of the immediate community; harassment by law enforcing agencies; no, or inadequate, access to educational institutions and healthcare facilities; and lack of decent employment opportunity while thousands of children on the streets of Bangladesh are being denied their rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which recognizes that every child is entitled to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development. The project should address on the issues of children’s basic education with a special model like multi-grade teaching learning approach, Child protection, prevention of child marriage, illegal use of drugs, prevention of child Labor, etc. Besides, services like TVET support, health hazards issues with medical support, injury at work, protection used during work, living conditions and social support like arrange sleeping place, bed for sleeping, ensure access to bath & toilet facilities, food intake: Frequency, place, starvation, winter clothing, etc should be ensured by the respective ministry those are working for the development of street children. The project should also build the capacity of law enforcement agency and other service provides on child rights issue.

Project Agreement Number: NOV 2018-05 12

Overall Objective:Street children will understand rights, be listened to and taken seriously by authorities. Changing how government and communities view them will help authorities accept their legal protection responsibility. This bold approach of putting street children at the center is new for Bangladesh. We will create street child taskforces and strengthen civil society networks. We will work with the Government to implement UN guidance to improve laws and policies that impact street children’s rights and well-being.

Specific Objectives:

Outputs:

This project will influence how street children are treated – changing their lives in the long run for the better. While the government is now making positive public commitments, unless street children’s voices are heard, any changes that take place will not achieve what street children need – which is agency and influence over decisions taken about them. Street children need to be at the center of the changes required to address their needs. In 3 years, significant steps can take place along the path to sustainable change. Spaces for dialogue will be created and become the norm, public discourse can take street children seriously, and government policies and practices can serve and protect them better. This will ultimately lead to an improvement in the lives and well-being of street children.

  • 1.1.3 1 local child-led action / advocacy plan produced by street girls and boys in Barisal, and 1 national child-led action / advocacy plan produced by street girls and boys in Dhaka
  • 1.1.4 At least 1 national-level dialogue, 1 local-level dialogue in Dhaka and 1 local-level dialogue in Barisal has taken place
  • 1.2.1 12 quarterly meetings of the Street Child Activist Network (SCAN) held, including 3 with participation from street girls and boys
  • 1.2.2 50+ street workers / NGOs trained on street children’s rights, government obligations and advocacy skills
  • 1.2.4 1 action / advocacy plan produced by SCAN
  • 1.2.5 Public awareness campaign with street children and SCAN conducted in Dhaka in Barisal.
  • 1.3.1 1 cross-sector body established comprising government officials and civil society members
  • 1.3.2 At least 2 dialogues with police officers and transport workers at local level in Dhaka and Barisal and one dialogue with politicians at national level in Dhaka.
  • 1.3.3 6 quarterly meetings held between government and civil society, of which at least 1 with participation from street girls and boys

Project Components:

Major Activities:

1.1.3.2 Facilitate consultations where street children taskforces can gather views of other street children to be included in the plan/strategy Advocate for the creation of a cross-sector body on street children to be hosted by the government.

1.1.4.1 Facilitate dialogue between street children and government, both at local level in Dhaka and Barisal, and with national level government in Dhaka

1.2.1.1 Facilitate quarterly SCAN meetings

1.2.1.2 Facilitate three SCAN meetings (one per year) together with the central street children taskforce (included in 12 quarterly meetings)

1.2.2.3 Conduct 1 training for SCAN members on UN General Comment and government obligations, and 1 training on developing and conducting effective advocacy

1.2.4.1 Based on outcomes from assessment, and child-led advocacy plan, support SCAN to develop an action plan and advocacy strategy with input / feedback from central street children taskforce

1.2.5.1 Develop a public awareness campaign plan and materials in collaboration with street children and SCAN

1.3.1.1 Advocate for the creation of a cross-sector body on street children to be hosted by the government

1.3.2.2 Roundtable with government officials, civil society (and if appropriate street children) on street children’s rights and government obligations 

1.3.3.1 Facilitate quarterly meetings between government (including police, local elected government members or councilors, government school teachers, Family Planning Office representatives) and civil society (informally until formal cross-sector body is established) – at least once per year with central street child taskforce.

Project Participants (Direct):[During Total Project Year)

ECD

Pre-primary

Primary

JSC

Adolescent

Adult Literacy & CE

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Girl

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Boy

Girl

Male

Female

24

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homeless or street child, floating kids who lives on the street, in particular one that isnot taken care of by a parent or other adults and who sleeps on the street and the peoples who abusechildren.

Indirect Beneficiaries (by age)[During Total Project Year)

Children(0-10)

Adolescent(11-17)

Youth(18-25)

Adult(26-60)

Senior Citizen(61+)

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F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Beneficiaries=  200+ street-children, 10+ government ministries/departments, 30+ public transport workers, 30+ police officers, 50+ street-workers, 20+ community leaders in Dhaka/Barisal.

Project Duration:10/01/2019- 09/30/2022

Financial partner (Donor):Commonwealth Foundation through Consortium for Street Children (CSC)

Implementing partner (if any):Local Education and Economic Development Organization (LEEDO), GrambanglaUnnayan Committee (GUC).

Project Location (District &Upazila):Dhaka city. Name and number=

Number of Field offices:N/A

Project Budget (Total):33,88,504 BDT.

Number of project staffs and volunteers:

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

Non-Paid Volunteer

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F

M

F

M

F

 

1

 

 

 

 

Contact Person:Sk. Mahabbat Hossen, Project Coordinator & Sector Specialist (Child Protection)
Email:gotomahabbat@gmail.com, Cell: +88 01716054610