A team from the Australian High Commission in Bangladesh visited BRAC’s programmes for improving the conditions of people living in the Ukhiya sub-district of Cox’s Bazar on 2 February 2021.
The delegation included Amy Sheridan, Humanitarian Advisor, and Anna Lamming, Humanitarian Officer of the High Commission.
On behalf of BRAC, Sajedul Hasan, Director, Humanitarian Crisis and Management Programme (HCMP); Hasina Akhter Huq, Area Director, HCMP; Matin Shardar, Head, Host Community Programme, HCMP; S M Abu Kaisar, Senior Programme Manager, Host Community Programme, HCMP and others were present during the visit.
The delegation visited the Safe Space for Women and Girls at Goyalamara, and a BRAC Primary School financed by the Australian government, at Hazimmapara in the sub-district, where they exchanged views with the BRAC officials.
While talking to women at the space, the delegation lauded the steps taken up by BRAC to improve the condition of the local people. They also gave assurance of extending their necessary support in this regard.
The delegation also went to the Disabled Leadership Learning Centre at Painnasia village where they talked to the staff there.
Amy Sheridan suggested taking up realistic steps and holding a special orientation meeting by involving the local community for the prevention of early marriage.
The Australian government has given importance to the issue of education and women’s health, the prevention of early marriage and the protection of children in the areas. The Government of Bangladesh will consider the matter of cooperation in those fields in the days to come.
Sajedul Hasan said BRAC took up different projects for combating child marriage and increasing access to education among the children living in vulnerable situations. Hasina Akhter Huq said BRAC has taken up an initiative for developing skills of people through income-generating activities. She sought long-term support from the Australian government for launching anti-poverty programmes in the areas.
BRAC has launched a programme titled ‘Support to the Rohingya Humanitarian Response in Cox’s Bazar’ with financial support from the Australian government since March 2020. The project is expected to end in December 2022.