Bangladesh

Literacy with WFP

The project is supporting 43,470 children in all 135 Government Primary Schools and 11 Ebtedayee Madrasahs located in 2 sub-districts – Ukhiya and Kutubdia. Click on the following button for school-wise student information.

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Digitized Storybooks for Children

To assist the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in meeting its education targets set out in SDG4, UN World Food Programme (WFP) is implementing their 'School Feeding Programme' – an endeavor that combines 'health and nutrition' as well as 'literacy skills' components for children in pre-primary and primary schools.

USDA/WFP has entrusted Room to Read with the literacy segment of the endeavor. With permission from GoB's Ministry of Education, we are delivering engaging and evidence-based training for teachers to help improve their classroom instruction capacity. As part of the project (brochure), we are supporting head-teachers and officials of the local government with governance, transparency and management practices.


This project comes with many exciting targets – some enlist qualitative change while others are trackable numbers, ranging from training sessions to students’ level of competency. While we conduct an assessment for the latter, we're excited to share the data we have received on a few deliverables.

Over the course of three years, we will directly benefit 45,012 students (of Grade 1 & 2) in 146 institutions. At present, 38,052 (85% of our target) students attend school. We have included all of them in our project.

Early-grade teachers have received training on Bengali literacy instruction, pedagogy and library management. Head-teachers and local government officials of the education sector also received some of these training. We will be on-boarding 146 community mobilizers who will motivate community people to attend school activities, strengthen School Management Committee (SMC), and support teachers in holding literacy-focused events.

NOTE: The ‘target’ numbers (listed under A, B and C program components) are 3-year figures, and the figures in % represent how much of the individual tasks is accomplished. The numbers are of two types: (i) numbers that are to be achieved at the beginning of the project (for example, we have reached all 146 primary education institutions at once and will continue working there till year 2020), and (ii) numbers that would gradually grow and, as expected, match the 'target' figure as the project progresses (for example, we would print and distribute books throughout the project timeline, and also replace damaged/misplaced copies with new ones).