Unfazed by technology
Rahima Khatun (16) and Mukta Mala (15) have a hands on approach to learning technical skills.
For many girls growing up in Bangladesh, child, early and forced marriage are commonplace. This means millions of girls lose out on an education. For girls from poorer backgrounds getting an education is simply not a viable option. However, thanks to the Underprivileged Children’s Education Program (UCEP) – supported by UK aid – thousands of young Bangladeshi girls are able to stay in school and gain highly sought after skills, helping them to take control of their lives.
Investing in girls’ education helps them reach for their dreams and shape their own lives. Progress for girls is not just good for girls – it is also good for families, communities, nations and the world. As world leaders develop plans aimed at creating a better world and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, investing in girls is a strategy for success.
UCEP gives young girls from very poor backgrounds technical skills training alongside general education followed by employment support. These practical skills – like electronics and plumbing – alongside more traditional subjects increase their employability in Bangladesh’s growing economy. Every year, UCEP graduates find jobs across the country, thanks to their training.
This International Day of the Girl we’re celebrating successes of adolescent girls and working to break down barriers preventing them from achieving their dreams.
The UK supports the UCEP programme in Bangladesh alongside other international donors including the Save the Children, Citi Bank NA, Australian High Commission, GIZ, many other local corporations, the private sector and the Government of Bangladesh. DFID has provided a £20 million programme over 4 years.
The programme’s purpose is to provide urban, poor, working children and youth – especially girls and women – with basic education, vocational skills training and the chance to gain employment in market led technical areas.
Find out more: www.ucepbd.org/
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