Visiting a Non Formal Institution : Ucep

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ASSIGNMENT on Visiting a Non Formal Institution
PC-124: Non Formal & Continuing Education
By: A. K. M. RAYHAN To:
Roll: 09032, 15th batchMr. Abdus Salam
Section-1, IER, DUAss. Professor

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his assignment is a part of the PC course 124, Non Formal and Continuing Education. The objectives of the course was determined to help students acquire knowledge, understanding, ideas, issues, problems and the role of NFE in terms of Bangladesh context. To make this objective more realistic and meaningful our honorable course teacher Mr. Abdus Salam has drawn an assignment like this which includes both field work and desk job i.e. report submitting. I am really grateful to him for giving us such an opportunity to gain some real-time knowledge through practical experience.

Schooling is the one experience that most children worldwide have in common and the most common means by which societies prepare their young for the future. On any given day, more than a billion children are receiving education in primary or secondary school: They are in permanent or temporary buildings, in tents or under trees – sharing the experience of learning, developing their potential and enriching their lives. But for many unfortunates it is very ironic truth that they have missed their opportunity. For them non formal institution is the only means of schooling, receiving education and earning career oriented knowledge.

Actually formal and no formal education are different, they are not opposites. But there are four key characteristics came to be associated with non-formal education: * Relevance to the needs of disadvantaged groups.

* Concern with specific categories of person.
* A focus on clearly defined purposes.
* Flexibility in organization, teaching and methods.
Recently I had visited such an institution which not only has the above characteristics but also bears the responsibility to archive the goal to many slum living underprivileged children and making them worthy for the nation. The name of it is UCEP-Jatrabari Technical School or DTS II which was established recently in 2009. I’ve visited there twice. My first visit was in 2009 when it was inaugurated. As a local resident of that area I was given a free pass. Recently I went again but not only to see but also observe with a different eye. I’ll now mention my recent visit. Visiting Profile|

Date: 31/07/2011Time:10:30 am.|
Venue: UCEP Technical School Jatrabari|
Ucep at a glance:
Underprivileged Children’s Education Programs (UCEP) – Bangladesh, is a leading national NGO working with the distressed urban working children. It was founded by Lindsey Allan Cheyne, a great social worker of New Zealand in 1972 at the Dhaka University premises. Initially there were only 60 students but by now it is now a shed of 37n thousands working children promoting them to inculcate marketable skills provide employment support service through: * Integrated General and Vocational Education(IGVE)

* Technical Education
* Employment Service
* SME or credit program

Description of the visited school:
The student studies here come from any IGVE school of UCEP. The IGVE is a 4.5 years education which is similar to the 8th standard of national curriculum. On completion the IGVE they pursue technical knowledge. They learn mainly in market oriented subjects. Though UCEP has 17 different trades or course but here in Jatrabari only 8 is available. Mainly they teach them on: | Name of Trade| Duration|

1. | Welding and Fabrication| 12 months|
2. | Mechanist| 12 months|
3. | Plumbing and pipe fitting| 12 months|
4. | Electronic technology| 12 months|
5. | Industrial electrical elec. Control| 12 months|
6. | Refrigeration & Air Conditioning| 12 months| 7. | Industrial wool knitting| 6 months|
8. | Tailoring and industrial Sewing operation| 12 months| 9. | Expected | |...
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