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Ek Takay Shikkha: Quality Education for Underprivileged Children

“Ek Takay Shikkha (ETS)” is a Chattogram-based youth organization established in 2017 by some students of “University of Chittagong”. Since its inception, ETS has been working to ensure quality education for underprivileged children. ETS’ major activities are to teach underprivileged children and provide them educational supplies to encourage them. The slogan of this organization is “Give One Taka Daily, Change Bangladesh”. ETS’s vision is to engaging young volunteers to make quality education easily accessible to the backward people of the society.

Each member of this organization contributes 1Taka daily (at least 30Taka monthly). This contribution may seem small but the sheer number of members allows the foundation to raise a huge fund. The foundation has come a long way since its establishment. ETS has now spread to Feni, Comilla, Barisal, Cox’s Bazar and Patuakhali.

There were 20-30 members at the beginning. Now, this organization has 2672 registered members and another 15000+ more well-wishers. This organization has received a significant amount of support from lots of people.

In the initial days, most of the underprivileged children had a lack of commitment because of their involvement in different income-generating activities. Afterwards, ETS started supporting those who were struggling financially and could not bear educational expenses. Besides providing financial support, ETS also monitors students’ educational activities and guides them to achieve their academic goals. Several beneficiaries are now studying at Dhaka University, Chittagong University, and other institutions across the country. ETS has benefited around 4,500 underprivileged children.

ETS has initiated ‘Project Agaami’ aiming to inspire students to pursue higher studies in the future. To support students seeking admission, EST arranges seminars on higher studies in many rural areas. ETS also provides school supplies to rural educational institutions around Bangladesh for free.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ETS distributed 3,000 hand sanitisers among the mass. It also distributed food among 150 insolvents families for free. It also distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) among healthcare professionals and doctors during the pandemic.

ETS received SDG Genius Champion and Best Idea Award in 2017 as recognition of its contributions. It also received Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020 and Best of Chittagong, 2020.

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