Ensuring quality education to all children, especially to the children from the most marginalized sections of society is one of POPI’s key development concerns. POPI’s education program conducts multiple activities to ensure quality education to children belonging to various zones of exclusion and deprivation including school dropouts, slow learners, out of school children and ethnic minority groups.
Mother Language based Education (MLE):
The Hajong is one of the small ethnic minority communites with a population around 10,000, living in the hilly and border areas of greater Mymensingh. The children from Hajong families remained deprive of education for various reasons including absence of required number of schools in the Hajong neighborhoods as well as lack of opportunities to receive education in their own mother language- Hajong. Though the Hajong speak Bangla and interact with mainstream Bengali community in Bangla but they have their own language to communicate with themselves. As all books, teaching aids and instructions of education are in Bangla, the Hajong children failing to cope with Bengali children loss interest in attending schools and eventually get dropped out.To overcome these challenges and to restore their own language, POPI introduced Mother Language based Education (MLE) program for Hajong children with the technical assistance from Stromme Foundation and Hei verden (Norway).
174 Hajong children enrolled. 15 types of Education Materials Developed.
Pre Primary Education (PPE) Program:
Prepare the children for readiness to formal schooling. One is only for 4 years old children and another is for 5+ years of age. For 4 years old children POPI offers 2 years of curriculum while for 5+ years aged children it offers a specially designed 1 year of curriculum. A total of 37 pre primary schools were established this year for the under privileged children from hard to reach areas.
817 children enrolled.
37 pre-primary schools .
In January 2017, total 486 children were admitted to mainstream schools after completion of pre-schooling.
To address the schooling problem and to ensure quality education for the children living in remote haor (wetland) villages, POPI runs its Floating School Program. Floating schools are housed in specially designed and built water launches and /or big boats equipped with required facilities and teaching/learning aids. Besides being used as schools, the Floating school boats are also used for other purposes including as meeting place for Shonglap, Self Reliant Group (SRG) and Community Service Provider (CSP) forums.
7 floating schools running.
217 children enrolled.
Dropped outs from class III and IV and within the age group of 9-12 are enrolled in Bridge Schools. This year POPI established 7 Bridge Schools and enrolled 140 (60 % girls) dropout children. 105 children were receiving follow up and coaching supports.
Strengthening Mainstream School Education System
(Government primary school)
POPI selected 35 government primary schools belonging to grade “C” and “D” to work jointly with them through its SEEDS, IBE and Naton Alo projects to improve the quality of education and school management system.
POPI has been extending study support through ENRICH project supported by PKSF for slow learners of GPS by setting up afternoon schools to extend coaching assistance and additional care.
40 afternoon schools running.
1069 children enrolled.
POPI extended financial support to the poor but meritorious students. 275 students (190 girls and 85 boys) received scholarship support.
*All quantitative information belongs to financial year 2017-2018.