Education and Good Governance

We here at Friendship believe that education in any form – primary, adolescent or adult - makes development sustainable and thus, is an integral part of our organization’s focus. Our education programme does not only focus on eradicating illiteracy, but on ways to provide awareness, training, and income generation skills.  Our education programme was first implemented in 2005. The programme is based on innovative and effective approaches to increase access to education, as well as to develop an infrastructure for proper education service delivery.  Primary educational services (formal and non-formal), satellite schools, child to child peer education and vocational training for adolescents are some of the key components of Friendship’s interventions for spreading education in the char and riverbank areas.


Friendship introduced centres for primary, adolescent and adult education in the Jamuna chars and recently began education programmes in the southern district of Satkhira and Potuakhali.  As part of the project, we have till date established 143 learning centres with about 5915 students in two districts in the north and two districts in the southern regions of Bangladesh.


Primary EducationAlthough primary education is free and mandatory in Bangladesh, inaccessibility prevents many children from coming under mainstream education programmes.  In the char and riverbank areas there are only a few primary schools that are fully functional. Most children have either . . .

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Adult & Adolescent Functional Literacy ProgrammeSince many char dwellers still cannot read or write at a functional level, as part of our holistic approach to education, in 2007, we initiated our Functional Literacy Programme under which there is Adult Literacy Project with 63 learning centres in 63 chars in Northern and Southern part of Bangladesh... 

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Training ProgrammeTeachers of Friendship’s schools are selected from the chars where the schools are located.  They are required to have a certain level of education in order to be capable of teaching primary level classes.  Through its training programme, Friendship provides every teacher a month-long . . .

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Accessing a better lifeFriendship’s Rural Social Education has been incorporated in a larger project titled Accessing a Better Life which will be carried out in collaboration with the Manusher Jonno Foundation.  The aim of the project is to provide the char dwellers with rights-based awareness and improving their . . .

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Development of legal rights

In addition to reading, writing and basic mathematical skills, Friendship places a strong emphasis on education on good governance and human right for adults and children. The objective is to create rights-based awareness and open people’s mind to seek out rights and justice...

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Listen2Learn

 At the start of this new project was the insight that the char students (and teachers) learn the theory of the English language (the grammar, the vocabulary, a.s.o.) but the practical side is missing completely. They don't speak English regularly, they don't hear English being spoken outside their school lessons, which are taught in Bengali...

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Read the Fact Sheet of Educaton and Good Governance Programme

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