The actual literacy rate inBangladeshis around 42%. The existing government schools are far from sufficient to cover the needs of children and most of them are located in cities. World Concern Bangladesh initiated with several local Christian organizations in 1999 to respond to the village children’s needs for schooling. It aims to provide appropriate primary education support to over 3500 neglected, distressed children every year through the community-based primary schools mainly in the rural areas in the country.
CEDAR works in partnership with World ConcernBangladeshto support more than 30 schools with teachers’ salary and education material. Trainings for teachers and sponsorship to poor students are also provided in this project. Local partners select beneficiaries and teachers from target communities and they conduct home visits and regular parents’ day to maximize participation. Teaching on morality are conducted in about 20 schools every Friday.