Empowering School Mothers' Groups in the under-served areas of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh

Context

The Chittagong Hill Tracts is a geographically diverse region inhabited by eleven ethnic groups with different cultures and languages. A 25-year conflict ended in 1997 with the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord as a building block for partial autonomy. The Accord opened the way for development activities which had never reached the region during the conflict. Education was immediately identified as a priority by the indigenous population as well as by the Government.
Problems addressed by the programme include the region’s alarmingly low enrolment and high drop-out rates, generally poor quality of teaching, as well as a lack of security due to persistent violence and long distances between schools and homes.

Objectives

  • To support the Government’s efforts to fulfil its educational commitments, leading to a more efficient education system.
  • To improve access to education and increase the number of trained teachers.
  • To enhance the quality of education by taking into account the diverse cultures and multi-lingual context.