Dubai Cares

Since the union is surrounded by river Padma, the only means of transportation from the union to Upazila is by boat. Moreover, due to the absence of good transport and communication, the union is deprived of a proper educational institution. Therefore, the children there spend time fishing and working in fields instead of going to school.

In 2009, the SHIKHON Program of Save the Children, funded by Dubai Cares, along with implementing partner Jagarani Chakra Foundation (JCF), started the establishment of a NFPE school in this union. The school was established in Matha Bhanga village and was called Khanbari SHIKHON School. SHIKHON ended in 2012 but education for children of Charkachikata Union did not end. Khan Bari SHIKHON School is now run by the local community.

In November 30, 2012, a program closing meeting was held and field staff discussed the program closing issues with the School Management Committee (SMC) members and parents. During this meeting, the SMC members and parents announced their decision to continue the operation of SHIKHON School. They also added that before SHIKHON School was established, their children used to work in fields and go fishing. However, after the school was established, their children were getting educated, participating in government exams and attaining better results. Therefore, for a better future of their children, they decided to continue operation of the school even after SHIKHON leaves their union.


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