The aim of the education program is to improve access and quality education. POPI implemented its comprehensive education programme in the most marginal and neglected communities in the hoar, chars and areas with sizable ethnic minority population. With the objective of preparing children to be inducted in the formal school system, pre- school education was offered to 4 and 5+ year old children in the remote villages. A total of 1,237 children were catered from 54 centres. Fifty NFPE schools of different categories were established where a total of 1,253 children were provided with quality education. POPI extended scholarship support to 32 very needy students @ Tk.400 per month with a one-time grant of Tk. 800 for purchasing stationeries and other accessories. Besides another 90 students was offered financial help to cover annual examination fees. A total of 63 Sanglap Centers (forum for adolescent girls) were set up where 1,589 girls received life skill education including awareness on reproductive health, sanitation, violence against women and girls, nutrition and other relevant social issues. During this period POPI closely worked with 36 government primary schools to improve their performance and ensure joyful learning environment. To improve the nutrition status of poor children, 2,511 tons biscuits was distributed among 1, 95,991 students of 722 government primary schools. Through 4 floating schools (double deck water launches quipped with required facilities and learning/ teaching aids) nearly 500 children were provided with quality education. Education initiative through mother language was highly appreciated by the children as well as by the members of the Hajong community of greater Mymensingh.


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