British High Commissioner opens two learning centers for disadvantaged children

The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Chatterton Dickson, inaugurated two learning centers in Narsingdi on September 21, 2022 as part of the Educate the Most Disadvantaged Children (EMDC) program funded by the British High Commission in Dhaka and implemented implemented by UNICEF.

The goal of the program is to provide more educational opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged children, especially girls, and to improve their basic learning. The project directly helps overcome education challenges in Bangladesh by supporting out-of-school children living in hard-to-reach areas such as urban slums, coastal areas, hills and wetlands.

A total of 1,300 learning centers will provide remedial education for children who have dropped out (or are at risk of dropping out) due to the COVID pandemic; and multigrade and multilevel teaching for children who have never been to school before.

British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson said

“Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the development of a country. The UK Government is pleased to be able to provide these flexible learning opportunities for out-of-school children to minimize the learning gap and help rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of their course, these children will be integrated into ordinary public schools to continue their education. »

The UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh, Mr. Sheldon Yett, who also visited the learning centres, said

“Despite the increase in school enrollment of girls and boys, millions of children in Bangladesh are still out of school. This partnership with the UK government boosts UNICEF’s efforts to bring quality education to children who would otherwise be denied access.

The British government has pledged £38.5 million for the Education for Most Deprived Children (EMDC) program in Bangladesh, which will run over eight years. The program aims to provide education to 360,000 marginalized children, including more than 210,000 girls across Bangladesh.

More information

British High Commission in Dhaka

United Nations Road


Dhaka – 1212


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