Since 2016, Teach For Bangladesh and DHL Bangladesh have been collaboratively leading the project “Empowering young minds to save lives,” which educates students taught by Teach For Bangladesh Fellows about road safety and how to prepare for a natural disaster. Last month, in acknowledgement of the initiative’s potential impact, DHL Bangladesh won the Best Education Award at the Asia Best CSR Practices Awards 2017 in Singapore for “outstanding efforts in educating students on how to keep safe on the roads and in times of natural disaster.”
Across Bangladesh, road accidents and fatalities are frequent—in 2016 alone, nearly 3000 accidents were reported, more than 3,400 lives were lost, and more than 8,500 individuals suffered from disastrous injuries. Nearly 65 people are killed on average each day on the roads, 14 of whom are children. Initially a Road Safety Awareness program, the collaborators from DHL and Teach For Bangladesh decided to expand it to include earthquake preparedness this year.
Through a series of workshops, employee volunteers from DHL Bangladesh and Teach For Bangladesh Fellows and staff have visited more than 20 schools, reaching nearly 4,000 students in Dhaka. Designed to provide children with information about both road safety and earthquake preparedness, the workshops have inspired students to share their new knowledge with friends and family, spreading the life-saving information throughout the communities that are most affected by these issues.
“Teach For Bangladesh is proud to have a committed partner like DHL Bangladesh to contribute to our work to end educational disparity for children in Bangladesh,” said Maimuna Ahmad, CEO of Teach For Bangladesh. “In addition to providing key financial support that has been critical to our growth over the last two years, the leaders and staff at DHL Bangladesh have gone above and beyond to get involved in improving the lives of the children we work with."
“I am personally very proud of what our project, ‘Empowering Young Minds to Save Lives’ has accomplished so far," said Nooruddin Chowdhury, Country Manager of DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh. "A next step would be to see if we can develop more levels to the program and create a more comprehensive training module around this topic.”
Deutsche Post DHL Group and Teach For All are in the seventh year of a partnership that enables the global network to increase and accelerate its impact around the world. In addition, the company and its employees work closely with Teach For All network partners in Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, Germany, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, and the UK, to address specific educational needs in these countries.