Project profile — Gender Responsive Education and Skills Program in Chittagong Hill Tracts


2020-02-09 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (5.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (25.00%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (10.00%)
• Secondary education:
Secondary education (11320) (15.00%)
Vocational training (11330) (10.00%)
• Human rights:
Human rights (15160) (5.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (30.00%)

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)
• Indigenous Issues (principal objective)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve learning outcomes and employability for vulnerable and low-income Indigenous and Bengali girls, adolescent women and women, including the disabled, in Bandarban and Rangamati in the Chittagong Hill Tracts district of Bangladesh. Project activities include: (1) improving access to quality learning for dropouts and providing gender-responsive subject matter training to teaching assistants to teach dropouts in their indigenous language and bridge them into primary school; (2) reducing gender-based violence to ensure safe and secure communities and institutions, education administration and training officials to recognize signs of harassment; (3) developing adolescent women’s leadership skills to set up co-curricular activities in secondary schools; (4) establishing community watch groups to prevent child marriage, gender based-violence and sexual harassment; (5) enhancing employment skills, training girls and women on market-driven trades followed by job placement and informing employers on best practices creating decent work environment; and (6) raising community leaders’ awareness on the benefits of women’s participation in the labour market. This project expects to benefit 30,000 indigenous and Bengali primary school students and 15,000 secondary students. Also, this project is estimated to reach 410 teaching assistants and 50 school management committees; and 1,230 women and men participate in skills training supported by 375 master crafts persons.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: 1) increased equitable provision of quality, inclusive education and learning for girls and adolescent women, including those with disabilities in government primary schools (grade one to five) and in non-government secondary schools (grade six to ten); 2) enhanced community and institutional practices to eliminate gender-based violence against girls, adolescent women and women in specific districts in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT); and 3) increased equitable, gender-responsive and demand-driven employability for quality jobs and business opportunities for women and adolescent women, including those with disabilities, in specific districts of the CHT.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) trained 10,802 high school students (6,751 girls and 4,051 boys) and 2,174 teachers (824 women and 1,350 men) on sexual reproductive health and rights to reduce gender-based violence, sexual harassment, and child marriage; (2) sensitized 6,966 parents (54% women and 57% indigenous) on positive parenting; and (3) 726 young women (45 with disabilities) graduated from apprenticeship-based skills training. This includes soft skills, theoretical sessions and on-the-job apprenticeship.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $50,000
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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