Bangladesh faces tremendous development challenges. According to national statistics, Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, with approximately half the population living below the poverty line and 44% living on less than US$ 1 a day. Despite impressive gains in education in the last decade, 3 to 4 million of the 19 million children of primary school age in Bangladesh still do not have access to primary education. Pervasive poverty, lack of access to schools, literacy challenges and poor health conditions limit children’s education opportunities.
SHIKHON (Learning Alternatives for Vulnerable Children) in Bangladesh
Dubai Cares has worked in the northeastern and southwestern parts of Bangladesh to bring about positive changes in the lives of highly disadvantaged children through access to quality non-formal primary education. The program was based on a curriculum and methodology piloted by Dubai Cares’ partners and designed to complement the government system. Complementary education programs provide unique, community-based approaches to help children with little or no access to formal primary schools obtain educational outcomes equivalent to students in government schools. The key goals of the program were:
Bangladesh School Feeding Program
As part of this program, Dubai Cares:
Million Book Challenge in Bangladesh
Dubai Cares has also supported the establishment of 5 libraries.