Mobile School, Chittagong

A school for underpriviledged children
Country: 
Bangladesh
Region: 
Chittagong City
Project Duration: 
01/06/2013 to 30/04/2015
Status: 
Completed
Donor(s): 
Foundation UNESCO- Education for Children in Need, Recklinghäuser Zeitung, HOPE'87
Project Description: 

With donations from the readers of the German newspaper “Recklinghäuser Zeitung” during the newspaper’s Christmas campaign, HOPE’87 was able to organize a “Mobile School” for underpriviledged children in Bangladesh. This exceptional school is located in a bus equipped with school benches and a black board, offering space for 40 pupils. The bus moves around between seven places in Chittagong City between 7:30am and 9pm every day except Fridays to pick up students for a few hours of  primary education classes. Most students of the Mobile School are either underprivileged children who live in the streets or children whose parents work as day labourers and who would otherwise not have the possibility of sending their kids to school. Currently, 418 working and street children are enrolled in the school. These children received education materials like books, pens, note books and school uniforms from HOPE'87.

Lessons in the "Mobile School" are usually given in "parking position". However, once a month, the bus moves through the streets of Chittagong City during class, offering some fun and distraction for the children.

Project Background: 

A recent child labour survey shows that 3,180,000 children are involved in child labour and domestic work. In Bangladesh 40% of all people are living in the slum areas or without permanent shelter in the streets. Most of the slum children are forced to work in small factories and houses in order to earn their living. Thus, they are not able to go to school during daytime and grow up without having access to education and missing the chance to develop their skills, often remaining illiterate.