Present working areas of Brotee
Non Formal Education (NFE) in 36 villages in Rajshahi and Naogaon districts under the project ‘Shetubandhan’
Main focuses of the activity: Brotee’s education program is a village based movement. It is a part of Brotee’s Gono Gobeshona (Participatory Action Research) approach. Village youth groups (Gono Gobeshok Daly) are running these schools. Teachers are mainly volunteers selected by their own. Brotee provides training for volunteers and education materials for students. 360 Gono Gobeshoks are working in 36 villages for education. Male and female are equal in number. Education activities are reviewed weekly in the village weekly meetings by youth groups (GGD). Problems are identified, analyzed and solved by them. Regular discussions are held with the teachers of schools and parents to identify dropout children. Awareness programs (rally, workshop, Uthan Boithok) are run for parents about education. Schools start in afternoon or evening. Numbers of classroom hours: two hours a day, six days a week. Terraces/arenas of the people or other school rooms are the places of these schools. This is a low cost approach.
Human rights of the vulnerable communities: Brotee works in the northern districts of Rajshahi and Naogaon that have a large population of tribal and religious minorities.
Main focuses of the activity: Building bridge between the mainstream and the minority community; non formal education to eradicate illiteracy, form self help groups by cooperatives of the vulnerable groups especially women, income generating activities with small savings, protect violence against women, child marriages, dowry, trafficking of women and children and disenfranchisement of vulnerable community; establish peoples’ museum to preserve the indigenous culture and artifacts of the ethnic minority particularly the Santal; Establish Gram Shava or the village assembly; provide legal support; formation of Gono Gobeshona Dal (People’s Research Team); Promote agro-based business through private partnership to generate employment in villages; developing campaign strategy through film, TV serials, publications on human rights.
Right to safe drinking water: Private-public Partnership in Rural Piped Water Supply in Chapai Nawabgonj, pond preservation movement, arsenic related activities: patient to patient management, legal campaign seeking justice for arsenic victims in Bangladesh.
Rehabilitation of women and children of SIDR affected area: to rehabilitate vulnerable women over one year period through village based income generation projects and employment of displaced women, rehabilitation of affected children, establish a children’s center for recreational learning, trauma therapy, and healthcare for the affected children.
Women’s Human Rights (WHR), implementation strategy, and validation of people centered methodology
An action research and advocacy for advancement of rural WHR: Advocacy of a validated methodology and establishing links/partnerships with major stakeholders (government, local government, academics, social activists, etc.) will strengthen and sustain the village movement to protect Women’s Human Rights and their poverty reduction.
Right to fair elections and good governance in electoral process: In order to strengthen democracy Brotee conducts action research and monitors electoral processes to assess electoral governance and voter participation in the country. Since 2001 Brotee has been monitoring all electoral processes, i.e., elections to the national assembly/parliament, local level elections: Union Parishad, Upazilla, Gram Sarker, Pourashova/Municipality elections, Elections to City Corporations. Today it is regarded as the leading election monitoring agency of the country.
Main focuses of the activity: Voter and candidate participation; Participation of women and vulnerable communities, assessment of voter list, election monitoring capacity building and networking, advocacy for an independent Election Commission and civic awareness, local dialogue to improve electoral conduct.
Research: Gono Gobeshona: piloting participatory action research for social change: village based enterprise, feasibility for local capital formation and micro business; Women Freedom Fighters of 1971: building a powerful image of the women and ensuring their rightful position in history (2000 – continuous).