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British High Commissioner opens two learning centres for disadvantaged children in Bangladesh


The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Chatterton Dickson, has inaugurated two learning centres in Narsingdi under the Educate the Most Disadvantaged Children (EMDC) programme funded by the British High Commission in Dhaka and implemented by UNICEF, as reported on Thursday, September 22.

The British High Commissioners established the programme in Bangladesh with the objective of increasing opportunities for education to some of the most disadvantaged children, especially girls, and to enhance their foundational learning.

The project aims to directly help to overcome education challenges in Bangladesh by supporting out-of-school children living in hard-to-reach areas such as urban slums, coastal areas, hill tracts and wetlands.

A total of 1,300 learning centres will provide catch-up education to children who dropped out (or are at risk of dropping out) due to the COVID pandemic; and multi-grade multi-level education for children who were never previously enrolled in school.

British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson stated:

“Education is a fundamental human right and critical for the development of a country. The UK government is pleased to be able to provide these flexible learning opportunities for out-of-school children to minimise the learning gap and help build back after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“At the end of their course these children will be integrated into mainstream government schools to continue their education.”

UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh Mr Sheldon Yett, who also visited the learning centres, stated:

“Despite increased enrolment of both girls and boys, millions of children in Bangladesh remain out of school.”

“This partnership with the UK Government is a boost to UNICEF’s efforts to bring quality education to children who would otherwise be missing out.”

The news follows reports that Homes England, alongside Greater Manchester Pension Fund, listed wealth manager Mattioli Woods and other private institutional investors, have committed £80m to the Initial Close of the Newstead SME Real Estate Lending Fund (RELF), as reported on Thursday, September 22.

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Joshua Manning

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