A three-day training program on Life Skills and Girls Club Operation for female mentors of the project started on Monday (September 21) in Bandarban under the initiative of Our Lives, Our Health, Our Futures (OLHF) project.
The training program was designed by the local non-governmental organization GRAUS (Gram Unnayon Sangathon) with the support of Simavi and Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) funded by the European Union. The mentors of the girls club of Rowangchhari Upazila of the project were present as trainees in this training.
The inaugural session was conducted by Project Coordinator Sabuj Chakma and presided over by Chaing Seing Moung, Executive Director of GRAUS. Sanjoy Majumder, Project Manager, OLHF Project, BNPS was the Chief Guest. GRAUS’s Deputy Director Chinmoy Murung and BNPS’s Master Trainer Sumit Banik were present as special guests.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest stated, “Three organizations are implementing the project in Bandarban, and 12,000 adolescents and young women have been involved in the project in the entire CHT region. We are working to develop life skills for the members of the girls club through this project as well as to create a supportive environment for them to build a dignified life. We alone may not be able to create our desired situation, but we want to reach that desired goal through collective efforts. And for that, it is very important to ensure active participation and develop your skills”.
In his closing remarks, Chaing Seing Moung, Executive Director of GRAUS, said, “We are still going through a transition period due to COVID-19. At the same time, I hope everyone will use the necessary health safety materials and through this training, you will be able to adapt the effective ways of working with adolescent girls and young women as a mentor. At the same time, you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained from the training in the operation of the girls club.
The training program is aimed at enhancing the project’s girl’s club operation and life skills for female mentors as well as raising basic knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender. The training program will be continuing up to September 23 in the conference room of GRAUS head office at Ujani Para in Bandarban Sadar. GRAUS’s Trainer cum Program Officer Jyoty Tangchan Ya facilitated the training. In this training Co-facilitators were GRAUS’s Program Facilitators Maygiay Marma, Melory Bawm, khaimayu Marma. Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer U Mong Sing Marma, were present among others.