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Campaign For Popular Education is an advocacy and campaign network operating in Bangladesh since 1991.CAMPE which started its journey with only 15 member organizations and individuals have in the last twenty eight years grown to a credible membership of almost 1000 NGOs , researchers, educators and other Civil Society organizations and individuals sharing similar vision. The journey of CAMPE started in the year 1990 following the Jomtien World Conference on Education for All.
CAMPE's programme interventions primarily focus on Policy Advocacy, Networking, Campaign, Research and Capacity Building of its members and partner organizations. CAMPE is committed to facilitate the process for sustainable and pro-poor policy frameworks which will in turn enable the achievement of Education for All goals. CAMPE works closely with policy makers, development partners and different national, regional and global forums.
Since its inception, CAMPE has been trying to coordinate implementation of program interventions with the Government and other progressive institutions in order to facilitate participation of people in literacy and non-formal education movements. CAMPE has been an active member of Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE), International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).
CAMPE started its initial phase (1992-1995) with the support of the British ODA (AMOD), SIDA, OXFAM and PRIP/PACT. UNICEF and UNESCO also supported specific program components during this phase, which ended after two no cost extensions in June 1996. At that point of time CAMPE's main challenges were to identify its niche, clarify its vision and mission and establish its credibility as the representative body of education sector NGOs in Bangladesh.
CAMPE started its second phase (1999-2000) under a new leadership and a revised management system with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This phase ended in May 2001 also after two no cost extensions. Apart from one specific project, supported by UNESCO, CAMPE implemented some specific projects funded by MoEF/UNDP, SIDA, DFID and Oxfam-Novib (former Novib). The overall experience of core Development partners of CAMPE during this phase was positive in regard to program implementation but there were concerns for the need to strengthen CAMPE's capacity as an organization. It was also identified that CAMPE needed to seek new development partners and focus more on the issue of its sustainability.
In its Third Phase (2002-2006) of CAMPE implemented Quality Education for All program with the support from SDC, EKN (former RNE) and Oxfam-Novib as core partners. CAMPE and its development partners jointly identified that institutional capacity and resource requirements are key issues for a successful implementation of Quality Education for All program. The mission for Phase III was focused on (i) Institutional Development Strategy, (ii) Organizational Development Plan (iii) Human Resource Development Plan, (iv) Gender Strategy, (v) Documentation and Communication Plan, and (vi) Development of Business Plan. Programmatic interventions of the phase were completed with a no-cost extension of three months.
The Fourth Phase (2007-2012) of CAMPE was to acquire accuracy and smooth implementation through advanced exercises to influence policy and practice change. All three core development partners continued its support to this phase. In addition, relationship with government, regional and global arena was significantly enhanced. Core strategy for this phase was to address the Organizational and Programmatic issues as identified. The organizational issues included role clarification, Human Resource Development, Organizational Governance, Effective and Efficient Management, Organizational Sustainability, Leadership & Professionalism, and Gender Sensitivity. The programmatic issues included (i) Policy Advocacy and Networking, (ii) Program Sustainability and capacity Building, (iii) Quality Education, (iv) Promoting Basic and Value Education, (v) Introducing Trend Setting Activities, (vi) Improving Follow-up and Monitoring System, (vii) Involvement of Local Government and Community, (viii) Networking and Coordination, and ix) Widening the Sub-sector particularly to include pre-primary, skills development and TVET
During the year 2013- 2017 Protyasha Promoting accountability through citizen’s voice in Primary Education
(April 2013 – December 2017) supported by DFID/ UKAid consisting of a series of interconnected activities was aimed to improve the implementation of Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3) and making primary education effective and meaningful through community engagement and monitoring.
ONGIKAR: Committed to ensure access to quality education for all
(July 2013- December 2017) supported by the European Union was aimed to contribute towards the achievement of EFA and MDGs and facilitate the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP-2010), Skills Development Policy (SDP-2011) and the ECCD Policy Framework.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Education Project
CAMPE as a partner of Oxfam Novib implemented a project ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Education’ from July 2012 to November 2015 in a consortium with four other partner NGOs (BRAC, BNPS, FPAB & HASAB). The project was implemented in 7 districts addressing children in school and out of school.
CAMPE carried out policy advocacy along with media campaigns to raise mass awareness on SRHR issues.
CAMPE, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) implemented a project named ‘SRISHTI- Standardization of SRHR materials from 2013 to 2014 to generate ideas has led to a comprehensive better sexual education.
Under this project CAMPE developed an Inventory of existing materials on SRHR in Bangladesh to avoid duplication, established a common understanding on
SRHR materials among all partners of EKN and developed a Socio-cultural Mapping of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among young adults.
Through this publication ‘Snapshots-Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among young adults the Socio-cultural beliefs and practices in different parts of Bangladesh, representing country’s geographical location and characteristics was identified.
Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)
To address the recent challenges faced by ethnic communities particularly of those living in the plain land and to promote the practice of living in peaceful co-existence and harmony, CAMPE with support from global affairs Canada is implemented a short-term project titled Sensitizing Children and Youth for Developing a Liberal and Culturally Sensitive Bangladesh. The project was aimed to develop a liberal and positive attitude among students and encourages them to be tolerant and respectful towards other religion, culture and beliefs.
Review of National Skills Development Policy (NSDP) 2011
This project supported by ILO, Dhaka was designed to organize a series of consultation at the grass root level prior to review of NSDP 2011.
Revising WinS National Standard to align local contexts and SDG Indicators
The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the improvement of health and learning performance of children in schools through facilitating quality National Standards of WaSH for Schools in Bangladesh. The project is supported by WaterAid Bangladesh.
100 Million For 100 Million Campaign
CAMPE is currently involved in a Campaign known as “100 Million for 100 Million” with 10 other countries to establish a world where all young people are free, safe, and educated. The ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign aims to mobilize 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated. The campaign was launched by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in 2016 supported by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, USA. During the recent past CAMPE in partnership with 5 youth led organizations organized 8 campaign in 8 divisions of Bangladesh.