Meena’s Spreeha aims to provide the younger generation with a platform providing adequate support and direction for developing skills to achieve better employment in a post pandemic era with support from Meena Bazaar.
Problem Worth Solving
While participation in secondary education has grown strongly over the past decade, attrition rates in Bangladesh are high, particularly among girls, many of whom drop out of school because they marry early or lack the same parental support for education as boys. Whereas the GER in lower-secondary education stood at in 87 percent in 2017, it dropped sharply to 53 percent in upper-secondary education (as per UNESCO data). According to Bangladeshi government statistics, 38 percent of secondary students dropped out in 2016, 42 percent of them females and 34 percent males. Unlike in elementary education, pupils in secondary schools are required to pay tuition fees, which have been rising sharply in recent years. There are additional fees for examinations as well which can often become a burden.
Moving on to the job market, there are currently 6.5 million people in Bangladesh still unemployed for insufficient training and inaccessible resources. With the nation’s transition from a heavily industrialized to a service-based economy, individuals now require unique skill sets without which contributing as effective and competent members of the workforce is next to impossible. However, often times the necessary training to acquire the skills is scant and provided at too high a cost leaving millions deprived of opportunities.
Meena Scholarship supports young boys & girls in their quest to achieve education beyond higher secondary stage. Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation, with support from Meena Bazaar provides financial aid over a period of 12 months for purposes like exam fees, admission & tuition fees, books, supplies, equipment related expenses etc. The project also provides basic computer training to youngsters focusing on the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet, email & basic troubleshooting. The aim is to provide them with accelerated access to the job market through Meena Bazaar recruitment programs. This activity is in-line with both SDG 5 focusing on women’s equality & empowerment as well as SDG 8 focusing on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Give Me 5! is a fundraising campaign designed in collaboration with Meena Bazaar where they provide us with shelf spaces at their outlets across Dhaka. Here, we display donation cards prepared by Spreeha pre-school & after-school kids as part of their craft learning sessiona. These donations cards will work as fundraising tools for anyone who believes in our cause & is willing to contribute to spreading happiness.
Spreeha Bangladesh inspires change by empowering people. With use of creative solutions, Spreeha enables individuals and communities to rise above social barriers. Spreeha envisions a world where people and communities are empowered to achieve their full potential.
Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation is a Bangladesh based non-profit established in 2012, and was registered under the Trust Act II of 1882, in 2014. It is also registered under NGO Affairs Bureau (Reg. 2957) in 2015 for receiving foreign donations and grants.
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