United Teams: HOPE’87 and the YOU Foundation’s strategic alliance on an evaluation mission in Bangladesh

From 4th of November to 11th of November Robert Ottitsch, SG of HOPE’87 and Ms Claudia Jerger, Vice President of the YOU Foundation-Education for Children in Need, accompanied by HOPE’87-Bangladesh Country Director, Mr Rezaul Karim, carried out an evaluation mission to Dhaka, Saidpur, Tangail and Cox’s Bazar. On the first leg of the journey, the United Teams were joined by Ms Kate Deckmann and Ms Dillini Murray, representatives of Esprit, the donor of the YES Centers in Cox’s Bazar and in Tangail. In each center, about 400 young women can take courses in sewing, ICT, English proficiency, cosmetology and hospitality. Disaster reduction activities are led by the Bangladeshi fire brigades. Life skills development classes strengthen their knowledge about their human rights as well as their self-esteem in order to raise their voice for women empowerment.

The United Teams then went on to check on the "Night Schools“, run by HOPE’87-Bangladesh in three different locations in Dhaka since 1998, which give working children a chance to pursue their primary education according to the national curriculum. Sports activities, cultural and leisure trips to the National Museum, the zoo or the Monument of Independence, singing and dancing, as well as games competitions make the children feel like they are a valuable part of society, loved and cared for.

100% success rate on PSC* exams! That’s how United Teams contribute to the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. The "Mobile Quality Schools“, which are schools operating out of buses, tour through Dhaka and Chittagong and stop near or in slum areas. They give out-of-school and street children a chance to study in a child-friendly environment. Very motivated teachers who receive additional training every year care for children who have been left behind. 

*Primary School Certificate, equal to grade 5