Nilphamari Programme Unit
Area: 303.52 sq. km
Sponsored children: Around 6,000
Plan started working in Nilphamari in 1996, one of the poorest places in Bangladesh. The economy is agriculture-based and about 80% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Plan has been implementing a number of progressive projects in Nilphamari in partnership with national non-governmental organisations and local government institutions. These include community-managed quality health services, adolescent reproductive health, integrated food and nutrition security, and water and sanitation.
Plan has supported child development centres and 112 pre-schools to create awareness on proper child care, rearing and development for parents and care-givers.
We have promoted children’s socialisation, emotional, cognitive and linguistic development and helped children and families become familiar with schooling and the formal curriculum.
Plan hasbeen working directly with 78 formal schools to ensure children’s right to basic education by running learning camps and school improvement programmes. We have demonstrated modern teaching methods and techniques for working with slow achievers.
Family economic security
Plan has been working with partner organisations to support the community to improve their livelihoods by being involved in different income generating activities. We have supported flexible microfinance programmes which has seen increasing demand.
We have also encouraged agro diversification, strengthened youth employment and promoted milk production as a means to livelihood development. We emphasise community integration with a view to holistic and lasting improvements of children and their families' lives.
Promoting child rights
Plan works to create an environment in the community where children can enjoy their rights. We do this by working with children’s organisations and community-based organisations to deal with issues such as capacity building, child rights and protection.
We also raise awareness of gender, advocacy and networking, good governance, Universal Birth Registration, and development education. This programme demonstrates children’s potential so that parents, teachers and community members respect and recognise them.
Disaster Risk Management
Nilphamari is vulnerable to earthquakes and so Plan Bangladesh works with primary schools to involve children in disaster drills. Plan also works with farmers and helps them tackle problems caused by climate change.
Quality Primary Education Program
Plan supports 440 home-based early learning centres and 97 preschools to help create awareness of proper childcare practices. Building on children’s social, emotional, cognitive and linguistic development is central to Plan’s work. Learning camps in 93 schools also contribute to an initiative to improve school accountability and the quality of teaching while ensuring children have safe a environment in which they can learn and be motivated.
Learn more about Plan's Universal Birth Registration campaign