Health Desk- 16 August 2020: The children of tea garden workers in Sreemongal and Kamalgonj upazilas of Moulvibazar district are getting education by a scheme named Earth Project of Child Fund Korea through Educo Bangladesh, a local NGO.
The project is also working in Baikka Beel area of the district to eradicate child marriage. Started since January 1 in 2017, the project stopped several early marriage attempts at tea estates in Sreemongal and Kamalgonj upazila.
Breaking The Silence, another NGO, which works against child sexual abuse in the Country, implementing the project as a partner.
Educo is working at hard to reach areas of four tea gardens in Sreemongal and Kamalgonj, and Baikka Beel haor area. It is playing significant role to increase education of tea workers’ children and reduce child marriage.
According to Breaking The Silence, tea gardens and haor are such marginalized areas where majority of the household falls below absolute poverty lines.
Negligible percentage of the children attend schools in tea gardens while dropout rate from primary education is the highest rate in haor areas. Child labor is common among the children and high prevalence of child marriage.