This project equips 300 working children with an education and the opportunity for a brighter, safer future. We collaborate with employers and families to release the children for regular learning periods with community teachers at our local education centres. Targeting children in hazardous work, we provide a foundation in education and support to leave work and enrol in school or vocational training. They also get medical care, food and time to experience the joy of learning and being a child.
Despite the employment of children being against the law in Bangladesh it is nevertheless commonplace. Instead of going to school to learn and enjoy their childhood, poverty compels 3.45m children as young as 5 to work in jobs where they are exploited, abused and at risk of harm. These are the forgotten children that no one wants to talk about, a group not touched by other NGOs.
The project's approach is holistic. We persuade employers to release children from work to attend an "UKBET Centre for Working Children". Here children are taught basic education and survival skills and can progress into vocational training and non-hazardous occupations. We provide their employers with health and safety training and at the same time confront and discourage their future employment of children. We attack the root causes of poverty by helping parents find alternative income sources
This project will transform the lives of 300 children engaged in hazardous works and their families. UKBET has developed this approach over the past 7 years and we have the evidence that it works. Children leave hazardous work, gain literacy and numeracy skills and go back to school or vocational training. Siblings no longer follow older brothers into work. Ultimately it will change the culture of employing children and reduce if not eliminate the number of children engaged in hazardous work.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
Documentary on the project(Full Version)
Facebook page link of UKBET
Hazardous work list-Bangladesh. Ref: ILO website
Newspaper reference on hazardous child labor