Advocacy: Political dialogue and networking

Political dialogue and networking are crucial cornerstones of the Education Programme of NETZ – at local, national and international level. These activities support our activities at Anandalok schools as well as public schools and NFPE schools and focus on improving the overall education sector in Bangladesh. Starting point of our activities is community mobilisation at grass root level. Here community members, who know the local situation best, are actively involved in the preparation and management of schools in their villages. Yet, for long lasting change, support at national and international level is needed. Therefore, we closely collaborate with other civil society organisations and engage in a continuous dialogue with governmental decision makers from Bangladesh, Germany and Europe.

Community mobilisation

Active community participation and ownership are essential starting points. Before implementing any new project, NETZ and its partner NGOs organise orientation meetings to ensure, that all community members, including parents, local elites and government officials are on board and have a strong interest to improve the access to quality primary education. Furthermore, regular local events are organised, such as school opening ceremonies, sports events and cultural events to inform communities and foster their identification with the schools as well as community ownership.

The Education Programme of NETZ is implemented in poverty-prone districts through our local partner NGOs. However, communities at grass root level are actively involved in establishing and operating of schools. Local school committees are formed and responsible for organisation, management and oversight of school activities. Committee members are student’s parents, local elites, community leaders, civil society representatives and teachers. Their tasks include student selection, support and oversight of school construction, ensuring timely and regular school attendance of teachers and students, organising monthly coordination meetings as well as collecting and managing of local funds. Additionally, they connect with local decision makers and support others to demand quality education for their children. Monthly meetings between parents and teachers guarantee a strong interaction and parent’s awareness of the performance of their children.

These local level activities aim to

  • foster active participation of local communities in organisation, management and oversight of school activitie
  • support local people to contribute to local political decision making processes
  • empower community members to demand quality education of their children, for instance to ensure regular attendance by teachers
  • prevent students’ dropout
  • reach all students in a school’s catchment area, focussing on girls and children from poor families and including children with special needs

Improving the education sector

The experiences from the local level are the basis of all activities of NETZ at national and international level, which aim to improve the education sector in Bangladesh. At national level NETZ is part of the education network CAMPE. Through this network, meetings with relevant government officials, educational experts and NGOs working in the education sector are organised. Aim is to sensitise political decision makers to consider special needs of children living in hard-to-reach areas and from indigenous groups in the education policies of the Government. In addition, NETZ and its partner NGOs organise networking meetings among civil society representatives at district and national level to strengthen their capacities to engage in political dialogues with government institutions.

As part of the Bangladesh Forum Germany, NETZ links experiences from the Bangladeshi civil society to decision-making processes at international level – among others in the area of education. NETZ is entrusted with the administrative management of the network. Purpose of the Bangladesh Forum is to act as a platform that gives members of the civil society in Bangladesh the opportunity to represent their interests at a national and international scale. Hence, all topics and demands that are proposed to German and European political decision-makers are based on a continuous dialogue with civil society actors from Bangladesh. Recently, the network contributed to the development of the EU’s country strategy for Bangladesh for the period 2014-2020, which includes education as one of three focal areas.

Furthermore, NETZ collaborates with universities, research institutes and education experts in Bangladesh in order to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices. Therefore NETZ produces and distributes e.g. booklets, hand-outs, annual reports and articles in order to share results, findings and best practices with people inside and outside of Bangladesh.

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