Tongi Children Education Program (TCEP)
Location: Ward # 49, Block # 4, Duttapara, Ershad Nagor, Tongi, Gazipur
Donor: ADRA Czech
Direct Beneficiaries: 210
Indirect Beneficiaries: 1050
Total Beneficiaries: 1260
Project Duration: 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2023
Total Budget: BDT 58,80,000.00
NGO Bureau Approval Date: 13/12/2021
NGO Bureau Approval Reference No. : 03.07.0000.657.68.544.2021
Ensure access to and complete primary education of good quality for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Engage community stakeholders and district members in constructive discussions on child labor and education-related issues.
Work with civil society organizations to reduce underage labor and boost school retention rates.
Increase the capacity of school management committees and civil society organizations to demand efficient services from appropriate and responsible local government authorities.
The project working area is Ward No. 49 of Tongi Municipality, which lies 23km north of Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka. According to the local government administration, the population of the target area is 100,000. ADRA has been working in the Ershad Nagar slum since 1972 serving the community by providing quality formal education to children from pre-primary to primary. Currently, in 2020 the school has 150 children studying with a BDT. 100 (UDS 1.2) fee a month or no school fee from Pre-Primary to class V with ages 4 to 13 years, the school is running with minimal ADRA Bangladesh internal funding. In March 2018, ADRA Bangladesh conducted an assessment named “Thematic Study on Child Education, Care and Wellbeing of Women in Ershad Nagor Slum, Duttapara, Tongi.” The survey was conducted in the slum area of Tongi, Dhaka. Among the 14 blocks in the Tongi slum area, eight were under the survey. The survey covered 1,030 households represented by women respondents with school-going children. The survey data indicated that children surveyed 68 percent of households aged 14- 20 are engaged in earning to contribute to family expenses. It has been observed that 30 percent of children did not have a proper breakfast. Nearly 78 percent of the women surveyed were garment workers who did not have time for child care. At the same time, 88 percent of the HH was a nuclear family that implies besides siblings none were at home for food, feeding, and care during sickness. About 38 percent of the children had taken outside food. There was at least 10 percent of the children could not take breakfast due to sickness. Any person did accompany nearly 87 percent of the children to school. And 62 percent of the household did not have anyone to look after them while the mother is away.
To overcome the above-mentioned problems and constraints ADRA Bangladesh runs a school in that target area since 1972. So, this proposed intervention is not new, it is the continuation and is expected to continue to provide quality education to the targeted slum children with basic school supplies and will provide a friendly environment to create their interest in education which will reduce the school's drop-out rate. ADRA School has goodwill, and good rapport in the area, and parents of ADRA school children are thrilled and satisfied with the practice and the quality result of ADRA School.