| Nov 9, 2023
Report on Doorstep learning for girls
In Bangladesh, the alarming prevalence of child labour persists, with approximately 3.2 million children below the age of 14 engaged in hazardous work. Despite government prohibitions since 2005, the numbers continue to rise due to socio-economic challenges. UKBET recognizes the urgency of addressing this issue and has implemented the Doorstep Learning programme to combat child labour and provide education to working children.
The Doorstep Learning programme targets child domestic workers, a challenging group to identify and support. Through collaboration with the International Domestic Workers Federation, we have developed an effective model measured and evaluated over four years.
Impact and Progress:
The programme has engaged and supported 1263 working children and their families, benefiting 7,158 family members. In 2022, 54% of enrolled girls progressed out of child labour. The Doorstep Learning model is ready to be scaled up nationally, contributing significantly to ending child labour in Bangladesh.
Current Status and Achievements:
Currently, 20 community teachers actively work with 360 children, 90% of whom are girls. This targeted approach ensures that vulnerable children receive urgent support. Tamanna's case study exemplifies the programme's impact, showcasing the transformative power of education and determination.
Case Study - Tamanna Akhtar (Not real name):
At 14, Tamanna (Not real name): left education for household work. UKBET enrolled her in sewing training, providing a BDT 8,000 micro-grant to start a small business. The assistance extended to helping her sister attend college. Tanana’s (Not real name): story highlights the transformative impact of education, determination, and support.
Child labour remains a pressing issue in Bangladesh, exacerbated by socio-economic challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Doorstep Learning program effectively combats child labour, providing education and vocational training. Supporting our efforts can transform lives, offering a brighter future and contributing to eradicating child labour in Bangladesh. Together, we can make a lasting impact.