30 April 2024

Taiyba's Triumph: From Struggle to Entrepreneurship

In 2015, Taiyba was happily married and eager to move from her home in Cox’s Bazar to live with her husband in Rangpur, a district in northern Bangladesh. But after moving into her husband's house, she discovered that he already had another wife. “I stayed in a separate house that my husband built and had three children with him, despite his…, Taking control of her own destiny , Taiyba feeds the chickens in the pen behind her home. Taiyba feeds the chickens in the pen behind her home. Three years after moving back to Cox’s Bazar, Taiyba and her children are still living at her brother’s home. But behind the house, a new homestead garden filled with seasonal vegetables has been built while ducks and chickens now roam in a…, Left: Taiyba picks vegetables from the homestead garden behind her home., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan   Right: Taiyba boils eggs that she collected from her chickens., Right: Taiyba boils eggs that she collected from her chickens., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan   Left: Taiyba picks vegetables from the homestead garden behind her home Right: Taiyba boils eggs that she collected from her chickens. "Now, I sell chickens, ducks and eggs,” Taiyba explains proudly. “I have 20 chickens, 3 ducks and 9 ducklings. Before, it was difficult for us to secure proper meals but now, as I am…, Left: Taiyba sits in front of her sewing machine with her three children Ayaz, 18, Amina, 12, and Towhidur, 6., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Right: Ayaz sits in an auto-rickshaw that his mother Taiyba bought for him., Right: Ayaz sits in an auto-rickshaw that his mother Taiyba bought for him., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan   Left: Taiyba sits in front of her sewing machine with her three children Ayaz, 18, Amina, 12, and Towhidur, 6. Right: Ayaz sits in an auto-rickshaw that his mother Taiyba bought for him. Concerned about her son Ayaz’s well-being as a daily wage labourer, Taiyba recently bought him an auto-rickshaw that he uses to…
14 June 2023

With a supportive father and a bold new curriculum, 13-year-old Ayesha is making a mark in science

At just 13 years old, Ayesha can change an electric switch board, repair a fan, fix a blown-up fuse on an LED bulb and rewire a toy car to make it rechargeable and save on batteries. “My dad teaches me how electric gadgets work. I like fixing broken appliances, putting things together and watching them light up,” says Ayesha. Ayesha’s father is a…, A progressive new curriculum, There is a new way of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Bangladeshi schools. Students like Ayesha now get to pursue their passion in science and showcase the skills they are learning through the practical science projects under the new secondary school curriculum. Building a solar oven from scratch. UN0855631.JPG, Building a solar oven from scratch., UNICEF/UN0855631/Himu Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. UN0855086.JPG, Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., UNICEF/UN0855086/Himu Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. UN0855628.JPG, Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., UNICEF/UN0855628/Himu Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. UN0851929.JPG, Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students., UNICEF/UN0851929/Himu Building a solar oven from scratch. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching and learning fun for teachers and students. Ayesha’s science teacher says the new curriculum has made teaching…, Breaking gender stereotypes to bring more girls into STEM, Ms. Das who has been teaching for 22 years says it is not just the curriculum that has changed. “In the past, fewer girls completed school and even those who stayed in school did not want to take science subjects. The perception was that girls are made for marriage and therefore it is not important for them to study too much,” explains Ms. Das.…, Support from all fronts builds strong foundation for Ayesha, Ayesha has always been different, says her father who teaches all his three children – Ayesha and her two brothers – his trade. At home, Ayesha’s father teaches her how electric appliances work and how to fix them, complementing what she learns in school. At home, Ayesha’s father teaches her how electric appliances work and how to fix them,…