"More than one in five children live in the slums of Dhaka. Poverty in Bangladesh means their families cannot afford to provide the cost of school education. Only 8% of slums have primary schools within their reach, resulting in less opportunities for children to have an education."
Education is at the heart of all our services because Children’s Hope believes that this is the only weapon that can break cycles of poverty. Children's Hope works in partnership with local schools in slums, which receive funds for the sponsored students, aged 10 and above. Children are sponsored on the basis of the following criteria:
- They reside within the catchment area.
- Their family earn less than US$153 (£125) per month.
- Each sponsored student submits a proven academic record.
- Both parent's and Children’s Hope sign an agreement of their partnership responsibilities before the sponsorship scheme begins.
SO FAR, CHILDREN’S HOPE HAS HELPED 73 STUDENTS COMPLETE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION. WE ARE PROUD OF OUR WORK CREATING THE FIRST GENERATION OF UNIVERSITY GRADUATES FOR ALL THE FAMILIES WE HELP. AS WELL AS HELPING ‘SLUM DOG GRADUATES’ COMPLETE STUDIES, WE also HELP GRADUATES TO SECURE PERMANENT JOBS after graduation.
We currently have 65 undergraduate students studying in various degree courses including medicine and engineering. Most of these students produced outstanding academic results in schools and colleges.
Our specialised coaching facilities encourage students that excel to apply for highly technical courses. These coaching classes involve intensive course work and have enabled students to enter into reputable universities.
EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMMEs
VALUABLE SUPPORT SCHEME
We think extra-curricular activities are as important as the education within the curriculum. Sponsored children can participate in activities which are designed to broaden their horizons culturally and ethically, helping them accept and value different opinions from their own.
Coaching facilities are available throughout the year to help address any poor exam results. The support scheme not only helps in improving performance in weaker subjects but also focuses on university admission tests for selected specialised courses, ensuring equal access to topflight university careers – including medicine and engineering.
BETTER I.T. ACCESS
Children’s Hope believes Information Technology is a essential skill set for a child's future. New Look UK Ltd has commissioned the charity to set up an I.T. Centre which will enable all sponsored students to have internet access as an integral part of their schooling, significantly widening access to I.T.
We run a volunteering scheme in which all eligible graduates are engaged in helping other sponsored students at school or at college level.
CAREER ADVISE SESSION
SUCCESSFUL SSC (GCSE) STUDENTS
We are justly proud of our sponsored students academic excellence. Our SSC exam (equivalent to UK GCSE's) success rate at the end of schooling is 99.9%, with a GPA Grade A rate of 94.5%.
Expert career advice helps focus students towards the right career path, helping children plan their working future and focus their educational route.
Read how our wide range of activities has, for Dhaka’s slum children, created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, every day.