Project profile — Empowering Women and Girls through Education and Skills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts


UNDP - United Nations Development Programme (41114)
2019-08-08 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Teacher training (11130) (18.00%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (10.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (25.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (10.00%)
• Human rights:
Human rights (15160) (9.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (28.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (principal objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to address barriers that hinder the demand for and access to education for girls, adolescent girls and women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region in south-eastern Bangladesh. The CHT is a multi-ethnic, conflict-affected region where poverty and cultural norms severely restrict access to basic education and employment for girls and women from both indigenous and settler populations. The project addresses the barriers through support to 300 pre-primary and primary schools, serving approximately 20,000 students, and through skills training. Activities are designed to provide inclusive, gender- and environmentally-responsive education at the pre-primary and primary levels; and increase access to gender-sensitive, demand-driven technical and vocational education and training for adolescent girls and women, including those with disabilities. The project aims to improve the retention rates for approximately 12,000 girls and adolescent girls; strengthen the knowledge and skill levels of approximately 900 teachers; and enhance employment opportunities for approximately 1,000 adolescent girls and women.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved provision of accessible, safe and inclusive education and learning for girls and adolescent girls in primary and secondary levels; (2) improved provision of quality gender- and environmentally-sensitive education and teaching by education actors in the Chittagong Hill Tracts; and (3) increased provision of gender-sensitive technical and vocational education and training for adolescent girls and women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project (May 2023) include: (1) 100% of surveyed girls feel safe at school, compared to 52% at the beginning of the project in 2019; (2) the 300 schools of the project received supplementary gender-responsive teaching materials to challenge gender stereotypes and promote inclusivity, of which 2,323 teachers (more than twice the original target of 900 teachers) were trained to apply the material and methods; (3) 45 informal schools funded by the community (18 junior high schools and 27 high schools) in CHT were accredited to become government-funded schools.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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