children will be enrolled in play group learning or education and they hopefully proceed to higher education.
The project strategically links education, child protection, behavior and social change interventions, and is based on a holistic approach which also targets families as well as the community.
Even though Bangladesh has made significant progress in the last 30 years in terms of economic growth and social transformation; the development needs remain large and pressing. Bangladesh is still one of the poorest countries in South Asia.
Over the past few decades urbanization has progressed at a very fast rate. Dhaka city’s population jumped from 0.5 million to 12 million between 1961 and 2001. Today Dhaka has close to 4 million people living in around 4,000 slums, with very poor or no government services.
We are used to think of urban children as being better off than rural children in every way – better fed, better educated and with better chances of succeeding in life. For many children, this is true. But for growing numbers, the so called “urban advantage” is a myth. Multiple barriers keep preventing children from participating in education, which makes it difficult for them to reach their full potential.
UNICEF works to strategically link education, child protection, behavior and social change interventions, based on a holistic approach. The project supports children between 4-18 years of age who are not in school, or who are at risk of dropping out.
Additionally poor families will gain improved access to a range of social protection services in order to reduce their vulnerability to abuse, violence and exploitation of children, youth and women. Communities surrounding the schools and learning centres will also receive information about the benefits of keeping children in school.
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