Early Child Education in Bangladesh
Education for the children is important for the all-inclusive development of a child. The comprehensive development includes emotional, intellectual, moral, social, physical and spiritual development.
The inequities that deny children their right to quality education from early childhood through adolescence can trap young people in low-skilled, poorly paid, insecure employment, among other things, which holds back economic growth and fuels inequality. Changing demographics underscore the importance of all children, especially those who have been excluded. Bangladesh, as a country on its way to achieving the middle-income economy status, cannot afford to ignore that.
ADRA in Bangladesh is working vigorously to educate the underprivileged children, especially from the slum areas. ADRA Bangladesh has children projects in three different districts: Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Gazipur. Through learning and skills acquisition, children develop a sense of dignity and self-worth. The parents are constantly involved in their children's development, receive the awareness of child rights and social issues and are encouraged to discover their vocational skills. The project teaches mothers basic literacy classes and builds caregivers' capacity in different areas.
The enrollment for pre-primary in Bangladesh is one of the lowest among Asian Countries. Its quality has been inadequate mainly due to untrained teachers and shortage of facilities.
The government, with support from its development partners, launched several innovative programs to alter the situation: by retaining all enrolled children in schools, reducing the drop-out rate, and mainstreaming all out-of-school children to government primary schools.
ADRA intends to ensure quality education for the distressed children aiming to realize the Bangladesh government's goal of becoming a prosperous and developed nation.