Educating girls, boys and adults in some of Bangladesh’s poorest and most remote areas.
How we help
We give the children in remote areas of Bangladesh the chance to enjoy their basic right to education.
Students often drop out of school early to be used as child labour. Friendship seeks to remedy this.
We offer adults a second chance at education ensuring students can read and write by the end of the program.
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Friendship is proud to have successfully established a number of self-sufficient schools for kids in remote areas of Bangladesh. These schools are easily dismantled and relocated in the event of a natural disaster and use innovative solutions, including solar panels, to generate electricity.
Strengthening the community
Community involvement is essential to the success of Friendship’s Education program. We train people within the community to teach in and manage the schools, creating jobs and helping build economic independence. Villagers see the school as an asset for which they are responsible and are proud to be closely involved with. The curriculum’s strong ethical focus teaches children to recognize honesty, integrity and transparency from an early age, enabling them to promote these values within the community.
Our teachers are recruited from within the community. They undergo a basic training of 42 days during which they are taught to develop monthly lesson plans, participate in exercises to improve teaching skills and report back to supervisors on their progress.
School Management Committees
School Management Committees consist of 11 members selected from within the community to ensure the successful running of the school. They manage and protect the school equipment, work towards reducing drop-out rates, contribute towards school maintenance and discuss potential improvements with local government officials and other agencies.
Educate one child – help the whole family
Resources are often limited but Friendship strives to ensure that at least one child per family attends school and benefits from primary education. That child then shares the knowledge acquired at school with siblings and other family members who are unable to attend.
Some of our projects
Listen 2 Learn
Listen to Learn (L2L) is a project designed to help children improve their English, using material recorded by English-speakers and accessed using cost-efficient mobile-phone based technology.
Code of Ethics
To increase awareness of rights and moral responsibilities, we incorporate a “Code of Ethics” section into our curriculum. Every month, teachers discuss a theme such as “Honesty” with students and help them relate these to experiences in their daily life.
Clean School,Clean Home
We teach children about hygiene and the environment. The “Clean School, Clean Home” initiative motivates children to keep classrooms and playgrounds clean and to respect the environment (an approach we encourage students to continue at home).