The Power of Football
Last month we started the first of our new weekly sporting events for the young boys in our Working Children’s Project. One of these events was a football tournament, a great way for children to socialise and have fun, whilst learning important skills.
The first match took place between the children from our Beanibazar and Kodomtili learning centres. All of the players were given brand new football kits and the children were thrilled to see their names on the back of their jerseys!
Sport and in particular football can play a crucial role in improving the lives of the children we work with in our programmes. Importantly, it provides a sense of fun – something not often experienced by children being forced to work in hazardous labour. It also provides a greater sense of social inclusion and improves the physical and mental well-being of the children.
Read more in our blog here: https://www.ukbet-bd.org/.../the-power-of-football-to.../
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We have chosen to align our vision for our core projects with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Not only do these goals offer a comprehensive guide to solving the challenges facing our planet, but they act as a focal point for all of us to rally together to create a more equitable world.
We believe that many of the goals are simply a right and that all people should have access to but also that all of the goals are interconnected. Our primary goal is 'Goal 4 - Quality Education', however as a consequence of our work we know that children and their families have access to things like 'Goal 1 - No Poverty', Goal 3 - Good Health & Wellbeing' as well as 'Goal 8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth'.
Explore our project pages to learn which goals we are working towards: https://www.ukbet-bd.org/programmes/child-labour/
On Valentine's Day we can all recommit to the 17 Goals and show love to our planet and all its people
Women's Empowerment Project
A little update on our recent Women's Empowerment Project!
Last October, with the help of the World Sylhet Convention, Jalalabad Association UK and Just Help Foundation UK, UKBET started a sewing training programme as part of our ‘Women’s Empowerment Project’. The participants were the female relatives of our working children projects and our aim was to help enable them to have their own stable income streams and employment. We are pleased to report that 75% of the students enrolled on the course are now employed!
After our successful pilot, UKBET is now in the process of planning to continue and expand the programme’s topics. Training will now be available in beauty therapy, mushroom farming, poultry farming and Batik block printing. With one of our beauty therapy courses, the participants are also being taught Facebook marketing to help give them all the necessary equipment to launch their businesses and be self-employed.
You can read more about the project on our latest blog here: https://www.ukbet-bd.org/.../21/womens-empowerment-project/