Caritas Environmental School in the fishing village of Jelepala.
(Left) Sujan Sadar (8) grandson of fisherman Noren Sardar rowing his fathers fishing boat with Sujan Sadar (8), grandson of Noren Sadar. Before the school was built they would have had no access to education. The traditional fishing communities are looked down on by wider society and often the children are not accepted into the local schools. Instead they would be working on the fishing boats or domestic duties at home full time.
Caritas established the school here in 2000. Before then, there were few opportunities for children from this area to be educated. Along with the usual subjects they are taught environmental subjects and about climate change to help them prepare for the future.
Caritas Australia program to assist Enhancing Coping and Adaptation Capacity of the Coastal Community to reduce vulnerability to Climate Change in Shyamnagar, Satkhira, South West Bangladesh bordering the Sundarbans.