Friendship is proud to have successfully built and established 79 self-sufficient schools where previously there were no government schools in remote areas of Bangladesh. This has given children (and adults) in marginalised communities the chance to enjoy their basic right to education.
What’s more is these schools were created specifically to be easily dismantled and relocated in the event of a natural disaster allowing children to continue their schooling. We also use innovative solutions, including solar panels to generate electricity…read more
We’re proud to have establish 79 schools in remote communities where previously there were no government schools.
How we help
Primary educationWe give the children in remote areas of Bangladesh the chance to enjoy their basic right to education.
Secondary educationStudents often drop out of school early to be used as child labour. Friendship seeks to remedy this.
Adult educationWe offer adults a second chance at education ensuring students can read and write by the end of the program.
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).