Education Support Programme :

Duration: 01.03.2010 to ongoing.

Objective: Promote quality education for the poor children of the households in both urban (slum) and rural areas of Sirajgonj and Pabna district.

Components: There are two components- a) early childhood care and development (ECCD) centers and b) Sikkha Charcha Kendra.

Major activities: Operation of ECCD centers and Shikhha Charcha Kendra, annual promotion test; assisting in primary school admission; and conduction of parents and CMC meetings.

Implementation process: The ECCD centers operate in the slums areas of Sirajganj pourasava and rural areas of Bera under Pabna district, each with 40 learners/students. EECD sits in the morning shift and the shikhha charcha kendra in the afternoon shift to provide coaching guides for the poor children. The centers run under effective cooperation of the center management committee (CMC) and linkage with the GoB department of primary education Presently, there are six ECCD centers at those 02 locations.

There are another 41 education support centers are being operated in 06 Upazilas of Sirajganj and Pabna districts. Poor meritorious students receive stipends facilities from this initiative.

There are 60 shikhha charcha kendra being operated in Bera and Mushinda Upazila under Pabna and Natore districts. 03 types of students (pre-schools, class-01 and class-02) are generally getting benefits from school support progarmme.

Matching of SDG :  SDG-4 :Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Source of fund: PKSF (MFP) and NDP’s own fund.