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Life Skills Based Education for Adolescents

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© UNICEF Bangladesh/2008/Naser Siddique
Rubel (centre) attends school in the morning and works for a steel welder in the afternoons, Dhaka division.

UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh’s (GoB) Ministry of Education and its implementing partners with technical and financial assistance to increase their capacity to implement life skills based education for at least 2.5 million in school adolescents in 20 UNDAF districts by 2016.

Life Skills Based Education
Youth and adolescents in Bangladesh are faced with many personal and social challenges. These come in the form of drug addiction, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, physical and sexual abuse, child trafficking and exploitation, violence and discrimination in many forms.

To empower them to handle these challenges they should be equipped with relevant knowledge and psychosocial skills. Adequate education and training will allow them to overcome these challenges and lead a healthy and productive life.

Young Champions Initiative
The Young Champions Initiative (YCI) is a pilot project implemented through the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI). Young Champions (YCs) are young women and men aged 15 to 20 years who would work with the UNGEI movement as advocates and spokespersons for children and girls’ education in their country.

YCI will benefit 7.5 million children/adolescents per year in secondary schools. UNICEF is currently working with the Government of Bangladesh to develop a plan to mainstream YCI into LSBE teacher training.  By the end of June 2014, 300 adolescents will become “Peer Educators” on adolescent issues after the YC’s training manual is approved by the Ministry of Education. 

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