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Upajatya Shishu Shikkha Karjakram (Upasshak)

Project Description

Upasshak was commenced in 2009 with financial ausspices of CO:OPERAID, Switzerland. The first phase of the project ended in 2014 (2009 - 2014). At present, the project is running in second phase. The second phase of the project will end in December 2019 (2015 - 2019). There have never been school in the villages of the hill tribe people. Hence, project set up total 15 primary schools at village level to promote quality of education at primary level and to increase literacy rate in the society. These are located in hard to reach places. School houses are built with bamboo and timber and roof with CI sheet tin. School management committee is formed in each school comprising of 15 members to oversee and administer day to day activities of schools. A total of 20 teachers are deployed to respective school.
Project supplies learning and teaching materials (pen, textbook/curriculum, writing pad/khata, counting chart, chalk, duster, blackboard, school dress, game and sport materital, rhyme book, and story book etc) in the village primary schools.
In addition, project set up community managed rice bank in each village. Horticulture (mango garden) is developed and poultry is supplied to 300 families to increase family income so that family can contribute school fee of 50 taka of each month.
Besides, project set up two hostels for girls and boys in the main town of Bandarban district accommodating 73 students (34 girls and 39 boys) to have them access secondary education locally called high school and SSC (Secondary School Certificate).
Project supplies food, school dress, bicycle for school trasport, tooth brush, tooth paste, hair oil, body soap, hair shamppoo, cost of hair cuting, school fee, fee of half yearly and annual examination. Moreover, TV, computer, library, out door and in door game and sport materials are availed in the hostel.
A total of 6 teachers and 2 cook are deployed in two hostels (3 for girls and 3 for boys) to teach and educate them in the hostel before and after school.

As of 2018 a total of 25 students obtained SSC (Secondary School Certificate) and now they are reading in HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) in different colleges.

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Project sustainability:
Project created school fund as well as hostel fund for project sustainability. These are as under:
School fund:
School fund is created with the fee received 50 taka in month from each and all students. The school fund was amounted to total 589,920 taka. The money is deposited to a seperate bank account in the name of the school fund.
School IGA:
School IGA was developed for income raising for school sustainability. Every year mango was harvested from school mango garden in May and June and earnings from mango selling is deposited to school fund.
Hostel fund
Hostel fund had been established in 2013 with family contribution. The hostel fund was amounted to total taka 1,019,900.

Project Details

  • Donor(s): CO:OPERAID, Switzerland
  • Starting Date: February 1, 2009
  • Completion Date: December 31, 2019
  • Budget: BDT 118,492,425

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