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Lutheran World Federation Delegates Commend RDRS Education Projects in Moulvibazar

A two-member delegation from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) recently visited RDRS’s education projects in Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. The team, led by Mr. Robert Wilson Waddell, Global Funding Coordinator, and Mr. Matendo Lokiru Yohana, Regional Program Coordinator, explored the initiatives undertaken by RDRS, focusing on the "Promoting Education for Early Learners Project" funded by USAID and the "Out of School" project funded by the Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) of the Bangladesh government.

On February 27th, the delegation toured Moulvi Tea Garden School and Hence Besch Primary School in Moulvibazar. RDRS, in collaboration with Sesame Workshop Bangladesh, is actively involved in promoting quality education in these schools, primarily catering to students from tea garden laborer and ethnic communities' families. The projects, funded by USAID, include provisions such as educational materials, libraries, and efforts to strengthen school management committees.

The following day, on February 28th, the team visited Tea Garden Hospital line Non-Formal School, Rajnagar, and Iliaspur Non-Formal Primary School, Iliaspur. RDRS is running non-formal learning centers providing 42 months of education to approximately 60 school dropouts from tea garden laborer families. Supported by BNFE, RDRS offers essential support, including books, materials, clothing, and a monthly stipend of 120 taka. The educational program extends up to level four, with the belief that completing this level will encourage children to re-enter formal schooling.

During a meeting with the RDRS team in Moulvibazar, the LWF delegation commended the well-justified sustainability plan and the dedication of the project teams. The delegation expressed happiness over the visible impact of RDRS activities, especially the strong linkages between RDRS and the government in promoting quality education for disadvantaged children. The LWF team plans to extend their visit to witness various other RDRS initiatives in Rangpur.