Girls in domestic work are deprived of their right to an education, sent by their families until their marriage is arranged. Hidden behind closed doors, they are at extremely high risk of abuse and exploitation. We convince employers to permit our specialist community teachers into their homes for regular learning periods in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills. With a foundation in education we support the girls into school or vocational training, and a brighter, safer future.
In addition to working in harsh and demanding conditions and facing abuse and exploitation, the 400,000 children doing domestic work (84% girls) are deprived of their right to education. It is against the law to employ children under-14 in Bangladesh and domestic work is classed as one of the worst form of child labour, yet it is commonplace. Employers think of themselves as respectable citizens rather than the perpetrators of modern slavery. Without an education these girls have a bleak future.
UKBET takes learning opportunities directly to the child domestic workers' doorsteps. This innovative project will teach 100 girl domestic workers (aged 5-14) literacy, numeracy and life skills programmes at the homes where they work. The children are often malnourished so we provide food as well as healthcare. The girls' self-esteem and confidence blossom during the programme, and 58% make significant progress away from domestic work, into school or into vocational training.
This project will have significant impact and build local capacity for longer term. 100 girls from extremely poor family backgrounds engaged in domestic labour in Bangladesh will be supported out of domestic work and into school or vocational training. Advocacy with families, employers and in the community contribute to supporting a shift in the practice of employing children as domestic workers and denying them access to education.