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Education and Child Development Program

SSS always puts importance on the development of education and children. Education has no alternative in building a self-dependent nation free of poverty and hunger. Everyone needs education irrespective of age and class. SSS believes that no sustainable development is to be made keeping any segment of people of the whole community neglected. SSS has been implementing education and child development program with the poor meritorious, neglected and under-privileged children in the selected area. The organization continues to assist in the extension of education and child development program with the children belonging to poor families, street children, working class children, children belonging to Horijan families, slum dwellers’ children, sex workers’ children and poor meritorious children.

Rehabilitation and Education Project for the Children of Brothel, Horijan Community, Domestic Children and Slum Dwellers’ Children

 

  • Education Project for the Children of Horijan Community;
  • Rehabilitation Activities for the Children Rescued from the Brothel;
  • Education for Domestic Children; and
  • Education and Recreation Centre for Slum Dwellers.

 

Education Project for the Children of Horijan Community

  

SSS has been working since 1994 with a view to enkindling the light of education in the neglected Horijan Community. Presently 217 Hindu families comprising 900 members dwell in the Horijan Palli of Tangail. Majority of the residents were unschooled, physically ill and addicted to drugs. Women and children were in the worst condition. Before 1995 no resident of Horijan Palli got the opportunity to enroll themselves in any school.

In order to expand education among trailing children of Horijan Community, SSS established Ideal Primary School in Horijan Palli in 1995. It turned to full-fledged primary school with financial support from Terre-des Hommes (TdH) Netherlands in 1999. Then a three storied modern school building named “SSS-Poura Ideal High School” was built in 2015 with financial support from Rotterdam Association for Catholic Education (RVKO).

Poura Ideal High School has been launched in the new building with 324 students (162 boys and 162 girls) from 1 January 2016. Here students of Play Group to class one are taught in English version and student of class two to eight in Bengali medium. Presently, TdH-Netherlands and SSS have jointly been funding the school. Children from all classes of the society get a chance to have honorary education here.

There are facilities of information technology and English education in SSS-Poura Ideal High School. Besides, it also put importance on the education of food-nutrition-health, sports and physical exercise. Regular meetings are arranged with guardians of the students. Different problems related to students are reviewed; full cooperation and counsels of the guardians are ensured in these meetings. On the other hand, teachers and students of the school get regular healthcare support from SSS Hospital.

 

Necessary information on students of the school from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 is appended in Table-4.

Table-4.1

Student/Class

Play-group

Class-I

Class-II

Class-III

Class-IV

 Class-V 

Class-VI 

Class-VII 

Class-VIII 

Total

Boys

48

21

18

10

16

17

19

07

09

165

Girls

48

20

25

17

08

10

16

13

06

163

Grand Total

96

41

43

27

24

27

35

20

15

328

 

 

 

 

Rehabilitation Activities for the Children Rescued from the Brothel

Every child has the right of living a normal life. But in our society, people despise the children of brothel from a long ago. These children are deprived of a number of human rights. SSS started to take initiatives to rescue, rehabilitate and mainstream these children. TdH-Netherlands stretched its supportive hand to this generous activity. In this context, SSS established Sonar Bangla Children Home in 1999 at the village of Kuijbari of Mogra union under Sadar Upazila of Tangail with financial support from TdH-Netherlands. SSS freely provides the brothel children with accommodation, clothing, formal education and healthcare. Students can also enjoy games, entertainment, cultural and religious activities and technical education there. In this way, they get opportunities to develop themselves normally just like the mainstreamed children of the society.

 

Relevant information on the children of Sonar Bangla Children Home during 2015-2016 fiscal year is presented below:       

 

Table-4.2

Student/Class

Primary

Secondary

Higher Secondary

Vocational

Bachelor

 Total

Boys

14

17

04

09

44

Girls

11

10

11

02

04

38

Grand Total

25

27

15

02

13

82

 

 

Presently, a total 25 boys and girls are studying at the primary school of Sonar Bangla Children Home. There is the arrangement of special coaching classes for secondary level students. Students also get regular training on singing, dancing, acting, reciting, martial art etc. beyond education.

 

Through the implementation of these activities by ECDP of SSS, the rescued children have been restored to the realm of disciplined and healthy life out of the world of utter deviation and aberration.

 

Till June 2016, SSS arranged marriages for two boys and 13 girls. SSS plays the role of guardian in all these marriage related arrangements. Eight children were managed employment.

 

Cap: Some of students and a partial view of Sonar Bangla Children Home

 

Education for Domestic Children

Many children from poor destitute families come to town in search of work from rural area at a tender age. The urban people engage them in household chores for nominal wages, although child labor has been forbidden both nationally and internationally. But in spite of their little wage, they do not get humane behavior from the house owners or their mistresses.

SSS started to implement distinguished education activities from 1999 in order to ensure education and preserve rights of domestic children. TdH-Netherlands is providing overall financial support to the project.

In Tangail town, SSS runs 10 education centres for facilitating the distinguished educational activities. A teacher teaches and takes care of 25 children in each centre.  Classes from one to five remain open for two hours a day to impart lessons following government syllabus to the students by a mistress. In addition to giving lessons they are provided with training on cooking, household activities, cleanliness, hospitality etc.

The children observe child right week, Independence Day, victory day and many other important national days. As a result, they become aware of their fundamental rights and responsibilities towards the nation. Moreover social awareness and patriotism are nourished and nurtured by them.

During 2015-2016, ten education centres organize 10 meetings at the interval of six months. The agenda of the meeting include: child right, scope of education, timely attendance at the centres, health service, religious education, human outlook, behaviour, financial opportunities etc. In the meeting participating children freely ventilate their views. As a result, sense of consciousness, cooperation and responsibilities exhibit in them. On the other hand, they are very much careful and acute of keeping other members of the families healthy.

Employers also realize well that educated and trained domestic children are far more acceptable and useful than the illiterate ones. All children under the project have been receiving salary in accordance with their capacity. Many of them have been mainstreamed in education. Hopefully it is not heard anymore that children under the project have been victim of coercion and humiliation.

In 2015-2016, a total 250 students got opportunity of study under this project. Of them, 76 are boys and 174 girls.

Cap: Participation of lady employers in a workshop on Child Rights

Education and Recreation Centre for Slum Dwellers

SSS set up a recreation centre for slum children in 2004 with a view to entertaining the slum children through sports and recreational activities, making them skilled with various training on health consciousness and making them attentive in study. The recreation centre is situated at West Akur Takur Para, Tangail town. Mr AkioTamura, a Japanese citizen and SSS have been jointly implementing the project.

The recreational activities are facilitated in the centre under the supervision of a teacher. Besides recreational activities, the students are taught according to the syllabus of government primary school in the morning and they get dancing and singing lessons in the afternoon. The students are provided with assistance in formal admission in primary schools after passing class four. A total of 60 slum children were being benefitted owing to the activities. Of them, 30 were boys and 30 girls. This project was phased out on 31 December 2016.