Project Bangladesh

Country Profile

Located in South Asia, Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world, falling right behind Nigeria. Despite its large population, Bangladesh only covers 148,560 square kilometres, making it one of the most densely populated countries. The south end of Bangladesh opens up to the sea and the rest of the country is encapsulated by India and Myanmar. While the Ganges Delta, makes up most of Bangladesh, the east side of the country is home to hill ranges, and northwest and central parts of the country consist of the Madhupur and Barind plateaus. 17% of the country is made up of forests and 12% is covered by hills. Most of Bangladesh is less than 12m above sea level, making it a rather flat country. In fact, if sea levels were to rise by 1m, 10% of the country would be flooded.

Bengalis, an Indo-Aryan ethnolinguistic group, makes up 98% of Bangladesh's population. Furthermore, due to its large Muslim population, Bangladesh is considered to be the third-largest Muslim majority country. In fact, it has the fourth largest Muslim population in the world. Therefore, it is no surprise that the constitution establishes Islam as a state religion. In fact, 90% of the people in Bangladesh are Muslims. Hinduism is the second largest religion in the country with 8.5% of the population as followers. While Buddhism is considered to be the third largest religion, only 0.6% of Bangladeshis practice it. Despite this small number, Buddha’s birthday is still a public holiday in Bangladesh.The most predominant language spoken in Bangladesh is Bengali, and it is written in Bengali script.

POPULATION

166,499,859 (as of August 2021)

CAPITAL

Dhaka

CURRENCY

Bangladeshi taka

FUN FACT

Bangladesh has the world’s largest mangrove

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

what are some problems in this country that you have learned about through your research? Specific problems with education Remember to try to look for problems that we as an organization are working to combat and also relate to UN SDGs:
While 98% of primary-school-aged children attend school, research from the USAID showed that 44% of children that finish the first grade are unable to read a single word and 27% of children that finish the third grade are unable to comprehend what they read. Furthermore, primary school dropout rates are very high in Bangladesh. The USAID discovered that 20% of primary school students drop out before the fifth grade. According to the International Trade Administration, attendance for colleges and universities is even lower, sitting at just 20.57% in 2018. Many students believe that the colleges and universities in Bangladesh do not provide a quality education so many students have left the country, seeking a better education. According to UNESCO, over 57,000 Bangladeshi students enrolled in programs abroad.



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with three different learning centers in Bangladesh. The students there are from underprivileged communities, so we provide a variety of lessons, extracurricular activities, and vocational programs to ensure that these students are receiving the quality education they deserve. By providing them with these resources, we are helping close the socio-economic gap in Bangladesh. One of the classes we provide is a health and hygiene class. This class warns the students about the dangers of germs and bacteria and also teaches them ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We believe that our partnership with these organizations will not only help these students achieve academic success but also reduce many inequalities in the country

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
By partnering with organizations whose students are from underserved communities, we are focusing our attention and resources on children who need it the most. The classes, extracurricular activities, and vocational programs we provide all aid in the educational growth of our students. We offer a variety of classes, including a health and hygiene class. By teaching this health and hygiene class, we are making sure that these students understand the dangers of germs and bacteria, which is especially important during COVID. Our partnerships with these organizations reduces socio-economic inequalities in the country and gives these students the quality education they deserve

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:

Specific UN Goals: 3

  • 3.3 FIGHT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Project Bangladesh offers a health and hygiene class, which teaches students the dangers of germs and bacteria, how to protect themselves and others from communicable diseases, and how to maintain healthy lifestyles. We hope that the students will continue utilizing the practices we teach them to keep themselves in good condition, especially during COVID-19.

Specific UN Goals: 4

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
  • 4.C INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with three learning organizations, and the students from these learning organizations are all from underprivileged communities. All the lessons we provide to these students are absolutely free. We want to ensure that every child has access to a high quality education.

Specific UN Goals: 10

  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
  • 10.A SPECIAL AND DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: By providing quality lessons to students from underprivileged areas in Bangladesh, we are ensuring that these students receive the same academic opportunities as their peers. We do not want them to be deprived of the education they deserve. Furthermore, Bangladesh is scheduled to graduate from an LDC to a developing country in 2026, so we want to make sure to provide as much support as we can.

  • 16.6 DEVELOP EFFECTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT INSTITUTIONS
  • 16.7 ENSURE RESPONSIVE, INCLUSIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE DECISION-MAKING
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu was created to provide a quality education to underprivileged students all around the world. We always provide a final report of our projects to our partner organizations. By providing these students with high-quality, informative lessons, we hope that they will be able to pursue successful careers in the future.

Specific UN Goals: 17

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: The partnerships Strive2Thrive Edu formed in Bangladesh correspond to many of the UN’s sustainable development goals. Our partnerships with the learning centers in Bangladesh, help with the education of many of the students there and also help improve Bangladesh’s education as whole.

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