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Strengthening Health and Education of the children and their families of Sundarban in Bangladesh

Project Location: Dacope upazila of Khulna district and Assasuni upazila of Satkhira district
Project Period: September 2021- August 2023
Financed by: Fondazione l’Albero della Vita Onlus
Total Amount:  BDT 17,400,559.00

Direct Beneficiaries: 15,289

Dalit is implementing the project ‘‘Strengthening Health and Education of the children and their families of Sundarban in Bangladesh’’ in Khulna and Satkhira districts. Every year coastal areas of Bangladesh are facing natural disasters like cyclones, river erosion, water surge, salinity and safe source of drinking water. Also due to Covid-19 children are at risk of falling behind due to school closures aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. In the Khulna diocese, many Dalit children are not receiving proper learning support at home which is the learning gap, also their parents have very little formal education.  Their parents have no income, and the health of all household members is at risk due to lack of food and nutrition. They do not have knowledge of good hygiene practices. Most of the people lost their livelihood and earning opportunities. The project is working to carry out awareness on health, nutrition, education and child rights for the well-being of the children.

Objectives:

  • To provide children with decent and safe school services, facilities and environment for a safe return to school;
  • To ensure during Covid-19 regular learning programs for children;
  • To establish an enabling environment for children’s development and well-being.

Activities:

  1. Development of preparedness plan for 15 Schools/Learning Centers & training of teachers
  2. Renovation of 15 school’s/learning centers
  3. Distribution of Recreational Materials, Teaching Materials, and Hygiene Kit
  4. Installation of inclusive handwashing and safe drinking water points
  5. Incentives in form of Fees for children/teachers
  6. Modules Development: Remedial Programs, Catch up Classes, Social and Emotional Programs
  7. Production of case study
  8. Tracking of out of school and drop-out children through peer groups by the teachers
  9. Back to School campaign
  10. Community Mobilization
  11. Parent Counselling
  12. Training of teachers on distance learning/Designing of TLM (Teaching learning materials)
  13. Introduction of dropbox method for distance learning
  14. Promotion of context-relevant life-skills activities through existing modules and manuals
  15. Advocacy workshops on children’s well-being involving local authorities and different relevant actors
  16. Formation and strengthening of School Education Committee on monitoring school dropout/retention and follow up
  17. Preparation of IEC materials and awareness meetings on Protection and early marriage
  18. Awareness generation Health and WASH activities
  19. Basic health camp at village level
  20. Referral transport system to patients with severity