Dhaka Ahsania Mission

Urban Community Learning Centres (UCLCs)

To improve the quality of life and opportunities of poor and working children and their communities in slum areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and as a result of improved living conditions and better opportunities, to gradually eliminate child labour

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther

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UCLCs offer life-changing, flexible educational opportunities to poor and working children living in city slums in Bangladesh, and provide information and advocacy services for the benefit of the children’s families and the local community. The project will provide education to 1,050 children over a four-year project period; 125 of the older children and/or family members will acquire employable vocational skills and linkage to the job market. During the project period 300 children will be mainstreamed to formal schooling system either through government schools or Bangladesh Open University. In addition, the immediate family members (approximately 7,500 people) and wider community will be equipped with information and strategies to demand their rights for basic services such as education, water, sanitation and medical facilities from local government. Towards sustainability: DAM UK has been providing support to the UCLCs since 2005. During this time community participation and involvement has grown in momentum and the community has been delivering valuable services to the centres in various ways. A sense of ownership has gradually developed and the community people have even started thinking of taking full responsibility for the UCLCs in the course of time. The total amount pledged by the Community over the four year project period is £43,724 Total project costs for Dhaka Ahsania Mission, UK, is £143,953, of which we have already raised £29,934,

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