পদক্ষেপ মানবিক উন্নয়ন কেন্দ্র এর সেবা সমূহ
Education and Child Development
Education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development. No country can achieve sustainable socio-economic development without substantial investment in human capital. Education enriches people's understanding of themselves and world. It improves the quality of their lives and leads to broad social benefits to individuals and society. Education raises people's productivity and creativity, and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. In addition, it plays a very crucial role in securing economic and social progress and improving income distribution. But unfortunately, a major part of the total population in Bangladesh is still reeling under the curse of illiteracy. Considering the importance of education, Padakhep has been implementing several education programs both in urban and rural areas since 1995. The education program of Padakhep aims to provide and ensure quality education to the future generations which in turn will reduce poverty and ensure sustainable development.
Major objectives of the program are to:
1. Provide non-formal basic education and market-oriented skill development or vocational training to the target beneficiaries
2. Provide communicative, empowering and livelihood skills to the illiterate population
3. Introduce child/learner-centered and participatory methods of learning
4. Increase attendance of girls in schools and encourage them to complete their education
5. Extend non-formal primary education to the drop-out children
Children are the future generation of a nation. Unfortunately, in our country, the children of poor families are generally compelled to be engaged in various livelihood activities at early age instead of going to school. The situation hinders the natural growth of a child and leads to adverse effects on the child's safety, physical or mental health, and moral development. They do not have the access to basic needs and are abused and traumatized in every way. In most cases, they are used as object of trafficking, sexual abuse, drug addiction and many other criminal vices. Many of them become isolated from their parents and families and in the long run likely to be identified as street children or archins.
Padakhep has been working with the vulnerable and disadvantaged children since 1986. In accordance with the UNCRC principles, Padakhep provides strong support for their safety, education, food stuff, accommodation and medical treatment through different projects.
Eradication of Hazardous Child Labour in Bangladesh (EHCLB)
Social norms and economic realities mean that child labour is widely accepted and very common in Bangladesh. Many families rely on the income generated by their children for survival, so child labour is often highly valued. Hazardous child labour is the worst form of child labour. Hazardous child labour Includes any activity or occupation undertaken by a child that has adverse effects on the child's safety, health (physical or mental) and moral development. Some kinds of injury or ill health may result in permanent disability. Hazardous forms of works children are exposed to welding, carpentry, rickshaw pulling, automobile repair, work in tobacco/bidi factory, etc. Children also face dangers from drying fish and milling spice.
Padakhep, since its inception strongly emphasizes training for human resource development and transfer of management skills to the community level. Padakhep conducts need-based training courses for its staff and beneficiaries with a view to improving their knowledge and skills. Padakhep organizes mainly four kinds of training:
a. Internal staff training for skill development conducted by Padakhep
b. Collaboration training implemented by PKSF, InM & other organizations
c. External staff training implemented by PKSF & other organizations and
d. Beneficiaries training for their capacity building
Padakhep has established two training centers in Dhaka and Chittagong. The training centres are furnished with all types of training aids, furniture and accommodation. Moreover, training facilities are available in all zonal offices. Padakhep has as well dormitory facilities for residential trainees in Dhaka and Chittagong centres. Any government or private organizations can use these facilities.
a. Need-assessment of staff and beneficiaries for training.
b. Updating training curriculum based on the needs.
c. Developing and upgrading training materials based on the needs.
d. Designing and updating training modules.
e. Organizing training for field and headquarter staff
f. Follow-up services to on-going training programs.