SIM Bangladesh runs twenty non-formal primary schools operating in slums in Dhaka or for village children who have failed to start their education and are now over-age.
Our West Dhaka Urban Renewal Program operates two non-formal primary schools in the slum communities for classes one to three. Each school helps up to 60 children in two shifts. These schools are free and we are providing all the materials. These children would not be going to school otherwise as their parents are rickshaw drivers or domestic / garment workers. We have parents’ meetings once a month to teach money management and family values and to combat child marriage. Adolescent classes meet twice a month to discuss personal hygiene and health.
Beginning January 2017, this will expand to include coaching for class four and adult literacy for 25 adult women, mainly parents of the school children.
These schools launch the children into the world of education and make a long-term sustainable impact on their lives.