The Basic Literacy Project (64 districts) has been designed to prepare 4.5 million learners enable to gather further education and livelihood skill training in order to foster a better life style and to develop them as enlightened and productive citizens involved in lifelong learning. Its coverage area is 250 selected upazilas of 64 districts of the country. The program of the project will be implemented through building partnership with selected implementing NGO’s (INGO’s).
The authority of the Basic Literacy Project (64 districts), in particular the Project Director announced a public advertisement in the daily newspaper in order to enlist the experienced NGOs for ensuring the services for the targeted beneficiaries those who are focused under the Project. In response to the advertisement, SKUS submitted the EOI for participation in the project. After reviewing our EOI, the Project Authority shortlisted SKUS as one of the potential INGOs, provided a Request for Proposal (RFP) and requested to submit proposal.
In response to the request of the Project Director to submit proposal, this proposal has been prepared with due regard to and careful thought on the rationale, objectives and scope of the proposed services and is based on the literacy detailed in the ToR. BNFE authority has reviewed the project
proposal submitted to BNFE and finally has given permission to SKUS to implement the project in Dhamrai Upazila, Dhaka District .
2.1. Objectives of the Basic Literacy Project (64 districts)
BNFE has designed Basic Literacy Project (64 districts) to achieve a group of objectives. These are as follows:
2.2. Beneficiaries and Stakeholders of the project
The illiterate adolescents and adults of 15- 45 age group are the direct beneficiaries of this project. Among the direct beneficiaries 50 percent are male and another 50 percent female. The project will make access of 18,000 illiterate adolescents and adults of 15- 45 age group to basic literacy. The illiterate adolescents and adults of 15- 45 age group from marginalized and hard core poor households and outcaste minority communities and those who are living in remote locations will be given special emphasis. The assignment will be implemented for the period of 10 months.
3.0 Activities of the Project
Basic Literacy (BL) Project will cover basic literacy skills to provide learners with essential skills of reading, writing, calculation and life skills. The literacy course will be integrated with life skills to suit the learning needs of the adults and adolescents. Some specific activities have already been given to be accomplished by the INGO to successfully execute the assignment. SKUS has performed the activities so far keeping in mind the quality which is given below.
3.1. Planning meeting at SKUS H.O.
SKUS organized a planning meeting in the head office under the Chairman of SKUS. Chairman and all present staff have given their opinion for implementation of the project. Chairman raised an issue about the quality assurance of the project and assigned some senior staff to implement the project. Chairman also gave direction and requested all the senior staff to make all the literacy center as a `model ‘ 1 for the country52
3.2. Development of internal Guideline: As per decision of the planning meeting and internal technical and administrative guideline has been developed in SKUS for proper implementation of the project keeping in mind of the government policy and project guideline. Internal guideline focuses how to perform the activities before opening the learning centre , after opening the school . It also searches how to ensure the learner presence in the centre regularly.
3.3. Personal contact with relevant Govt. officer at Upazila and Union level : SKUS high official have conduced face to face with relevant stakeholders (UNO, Members of the UNFEC, UP chairman and members, CBO etc.)
3.4. Inception Meeting at Upazilla level with relevant stakeholders: SKUS has organized inception meeting at UNO office with chair of UNO, Demrai with the presence of Local Member of Parliament who is the chairman of UNFEC Committee. Union perished chairman for all 17 unions and Mayor of Damrai purosova also presence in the inception meeting.
3.5. Development of forms and formats : SKUS has developed the relevant form and formats as per government guideline and printed these properly.
3.6.Training of the data collectors (who will be involved in door to door survey) : SKUS has hired volunteer data collector from the ward level of the union and trained them in the respective union parished office for day long. In every cases union, union parished chaired the workshop and all the members of each ward were present. Five senior staff of the head office have attended in these training workshop of the data collectors. SKUS is delighted to convey respect to all the chairman and member of the union parished because they have arrange snacks and lunch from the Union Parished fund. Head Office team has provided training to the data collection in a structured curriculum which helped to collect the accurate data.
3.7. Conducting survey : As per prescribe format, data collector have conducted survey house to house on Learners selection, teacher selection and Centre selection.
3.8. Cross monitoring of the survey report : Other staff of the head office have cross monitor the data to find the validity and reliability and found satisfactory.
3.9.Collecting and colleting data and finalization : The hired data collector collect data for 25,000 learners, 350 proposed centre house and 700 teachers bio-data from the locality. The members of the ward of each union helped in the process cordially and they have given their signature in every pages which ultimately satisfied SKUS higher management. Out of these data, SKUS finally selected 18,000 learners ( Male-9000, Female- 9000), 300 literacy centre and 600 teachers (male-300, female-300).
3.10. Getting approval of the data (8.10) from of UNFEC (Upazila Non-formal Education Committee) Chaired by UNO : The final data for learners, literacy centers and teachers have been placed to UNO for approval. The UNO scrutinized the data with the help of the upazila project officers and submitted to the UNFEC committee meeting. After a thorough discussion, all the members of the UNFEC were satisfied and on behalf of UNFEC committee UNO approved our Learners, Centers and teachers.
3.11. Formation of Upazila and Center Management Committee : After getting information from BNFE , SKUS team has again visited all the centers and union parished to collect the name of the center management committee (CMC) and union committee.
3.12. Getting approval of the data (8.12) UNFEC (Upazila Non-formal Education Committee) Chaired by UNO : The list of CMC and Union Committee have been placed to UNO for approval. The UNO scrutinized the list of CMC and UNION committee with the help of the upazila project officers and approved on behalf of UNFEC committee.
4.0.Conclusion: SKUS has completed the above activities. Now it is the responsibility of the government to provide teachers training and to ensure centers and learners materials which will lead to start the center accordingly.