education and training
over 60 percent scholarship recipients are girls
24 high schools and 60 SHIKHON schools
Under the Quality Education Support initiative, a scholarship drive for high-achieving underprivileged students was launched in 2001. In 2019, scholarships were awarded to 823 students in 24 schools. Also included are remuneration support for additional teachers in selected schools, an endowment fund, sports equipment, school furniture, sanitation facilities and tube-wells to provide safe drinking water for selected schools.
The SHIKHON project, a collaboration between Chevron and Save the Children, aims to provide three years of an accelerated non-formal primary school education to 1,800 previously out-of-school children and dropouts from 46 villages near our areas of operation. In June 2018, an agreement was signed for a new phase of this project, under which these marginalized and hard-to-reach children aged five to seven years will complete a pre-primary component and Grades I through II in 60 Early Primary Education (EPE) centers or one-room schools. They will then be equipped to transition into Bangladesh’s national education system to continue their learning journey. The SHIKHON project will engage 1,800 parents of the participating children, 60 EPE center teachers, and 660 community members. Infrastructural improvements (e.g., construction of restrooms, playground, furniture, electric wiring, etc.) will be made to nine government primary schools.