Currently a formal school in Dhaka city is in operation and the name of the school is Mentor International School. The school is situated at Mirpur – 2 in the city which was established in 2010. Special provisions are in place to ensure access of the underprivileged children to the school. While students of different income groups are enrolled in the school, education expenditure of the meritorious students from the poor families is subsidized. The school started its journey with 104 students but the number of students has increased to 145 in 2014.
Currently, students are enrolled at primary level; it is expected that the number of students will grow further and secondary level will also be introduced soon. The school is trying hard to provide quality education within affordable cost and it already drew the attention of the community people as a good academic institution. Apart from education and co-curricular activities, the school puts special focus on promotion of moral and ethical values of the learners so that the students are able to practice fairness, honesty and truthfulness in their practical life. Building on the success of the current school, SAWAB intends to launch another formal school in Dhaka by the next year.
SAWAB is operating non-formal schools for the underprivileged and dropped out children at Rayer Bazar Slum, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. Under this non-formal system, SAWAB is imparting basic education specifically literacy,numeracy, social science, moral education, health and hygiene awareness and basic skills for disaster preparedness etc. to the students. This form of education is helping the poor people to realize their right to education and more importantly to have new understanding about life. This program has considerable impact on the individual behaviour of the learners and community life.
Skill Development Program (Technical Education) for the Poorest
Youth population (ages 15-24) of Bangladesh is estimated at about 30 million which is around 22% of total population of the country. Low rates of educational attainment and lack of skills training make them unemployed and many of them become the victims of anti-societal activities. Every year around 2.7 million youth are getting into the job market for searching jobs but only 0.7 million have access to employment opportunities and the rest remain unemployed. Due to extreme poverty, adolescent/youth are deprived of education and many of them engaged in informal labours which sometimes include hazardous works. Mainstream development couldn’t cover these groups. Still, many of them remain unproductive due to not having basic education and skills.
Having a huge and highly density population, Bangladesh could produce only 4.5% skilled manpower where govt. has taken initiative to make it 20% by the year 2020. Govt. already developed skill development policy where they asked support from the development partners and NGOs to achieve the goal. SAWAB is one of the development partners who is involved with developing and implementing govt. policy to reduce unemployment rate of the country. Skill Development Program is the only way to make the country developed where skill training is considered as driving force to make unemployed work age people as human resources. SAWAB are the benchmark of this journey.
SAWAB has been implementing its Skill Development Program/ vocational training for the underprivileged youths from 2003. The institutes have introduced some innovative and market demanding trades and technologies which attracted the youths once who were unemployed and considered as a burden to the society. SAWAB came to them with the hope to make them skilled human resources to contribute for their family as well as impact positively in the country.