SMILE ( Spreading smiles by encouraging Literacy and Creativity ) (3995)
JCI Dhaka East
June 28, 2014
School going children of low income group and their families who are unable to complete primary education.
- To reduce primary school dropout rate among the children who are coming from poor families. - To improve facilities of primary schools which do not have access to resources.
Bangladesh has one of the largest primary education systems in the world with an estimated 16.4 million children start primary education in more than 82,000 schools but only 51% of them complete primary school. After conducting research we found out that Primary School Dropout is an alarming problem which has been continuing without any improvement. We have identified 3 major causes behind drop out of primary schools which are; i. family members are keen to send them work instead school, ii. They do not find academic education interesting and iii. They do not see any short term result. After finding the route cause Primary School Dropout, we have designed this project which named ‘Smile’. This project falls under ‘Education and Economic Empowerment’ section of Active Citizenship Framework.
In terms of access, the high enrollment rates achieved for both boys and girls do not yet equate to covering all the children in Bangladesh. It is currently estimated that there are more than 3.3 million out-of-school children throughout the country. Schooling opportunities are very limited for some specific groups such as working children, disabled children, indigenous children and those in remote areas or living in extreme poverty. Our current focus is to reduce primary dropout and future ambitious goal is to bring more children in primary school who has very limited scope to go to school.
We have been able to reduce the dropout rate by 15%. Now families do not want to take their children out of school rather they believe long term education is the key of their economic security. Also it has reduced child labor in the community as children prefer going to school instead of involving themselves in hazardous activities.