Success of Sabina Akhter, CMES- YSES project graduate
Published in a magazine, “Kinder”, CARITAS Switzerland
(Translated from German)

Sabina Akhter escaped the life of a maid servant through a school system supported by CMES.

“When my father told me that I must go to the capital, Dhaka, to work as a maid servant, I knew it would be very bad”, says Sabina Akhter (12).

“I have heard that many girls who work as maid servants are treated as slaves by the owners. Sometimes they are even beaten.” Sabina also feared that she would have to discontinue her studies and would not be able finish her education- an important goal for her in her life. But she also knew that as a young woman, this was her only chance of escaping poverty. Sabina’s father, Boyjuddin was a tailor and was facing difficulties feeding his family properly due to dire financial circumstances. He was under great distress and pressure. Together with her sister, Sabina persuaded her father to look for an alternative plan. Her former teacher told her that it is illegal to sell children as maid servants. Sabina saw an opportunity to attend one of the schools of CMES. CMES understands the need for survival of the poor and works under the concept of a particular school system where students will not only learn ordinary school curriculum but also get practical training and acquire skills with which they can earn an income. Today Sabina works as a tailor and helps out her family financially. She has become a model in the community and neighbors who are sending their daughters to school following Sabina’s example.

Meeting of the Advisory Committee held 

The advisory committee of CMES held a meeting on 22 June 2014 at the conference room of CMES. The meeting was attended by Mr. Absar Kamal, Executive Director of Grameen Shakti; Dr. Ehsanur Rahman, Executive Director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission; Dr. Gazi Md. Ehsanul Kabir, Former Chairman of NCTB; Imtiaz Alam, Proprietor of Supernova Engineering and CMES representives. The meeting was presided over by the Chair of the Advisory Committee and Chairman of CMES, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim. Executive Director, Hassan Banu; Mr. S.M. Hadiuzzaman, DPC; Mrs. Marium Akthar, DPC; Mirza Md. Rafiqul Islam, DPC and Gazi Tauhid Ahmed, SPO attended the meeting from CMES. Various issues including widening employment opportunity of CMES graduates and expansion of fee based courses were discussed in the meeting. The Chairman concluded the meeting thanking all for attending the meeting. 

Central TVET forum Meeting held 
The first meeting of central TVET forum was held on 24 June 2014 at the conference room of CMES. The meeting was attended by representatives from Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Grameen Shakti, Tranga, BACE, CAME, Bangla – German Sampriti, ARDS, Aparajeyo Bangladesh and National Small and cottage Industries Association. Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim , Chairman of CMES presided over the meeting. The meeting was started giving thanks to the participating members.  Many issues such as attaining national standared of TVET by forum institutes and creating scope of working with ISC were discussed in the meeting.

Board of Director Meeting held
The meeting of the CMES Board of Directors for second quarter held on 26 June 2014 at the conference room of CMES. The meeting was presided over by CMES’s Chairman, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim. Professor Bhuyan Iqbal, Mr. Bishnu Das, Shamsul Hossain, Mr. M.Jamal Uddin and Mrs. Jowshan-ara Rahman were present in the meeting. Progress report of CMES program for the period of January – March 2014 was placed in the meeting. The Chairman thanked the member for being present in the meeting. A display of CMES products was arranged for the board member.

DMAT workshop held at Service Centre
A workshop was held on “Digital Management Application Tools (DMAT)” at CMES service centre on 27 June 2014. The workshop started at 10.00 am and continued up to 6:00 pm.
Mr. Andi Feisl and Mrs. Tzuyu Huans were present as the resource persons. Selected management staff of CMES attended in the workshop chaired by Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, Chairman of CMES for finding ways of using open source/free social media for management of CMES programs. Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim presided over the workshop.

Gender Convention Held at Wings Centre
CMES organized a central gender convention on 29 May 2014 at Wings Center, Dhanmondi, Dhaka attended by Advanced Adolescent and Young Women Organization (AAYWO) delegates across the country. Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, Chairman and Founder of CMES gave the welcome speech. Veteran specialists on TVET, gender and human rights such as Engineer Khairul Alam, Advocate Alina Khan and Ms. Samsun Nahar were present in the convention who gave speeches to inspire the participating AAYWO leaders with their valuable speech and advice. 10 selected cases were shared by AAYWO leaders . In  working session, a central committee for AAYWO was formed in the convention.

Refresher Training in 22 units
Refresher trainings were held 22 units with education & TVET staff in all units in second half of May 2014 where Unit Organizer (UO), Senior Education Supervisor (SES), Senior Teacher (ST), Organizer Trade (OT), Head Teacher (HT), Education Supervisor (ES), ABS Teacher (ABST), Basic School Teacher (BST), Assistant Teacher (AT), Basic School Technology Teachers (BSTTs) attended. The training conducted by respective Unit Management Associate (UMAs), covered all aspects of education from student enrollment to taking CEBE & CSLT tests including, increasing student enrollment, participatory class conduction and home to home work. In CMES, refresher trainings are conducted twice a year to reinforce the understanding of the staff on their job role.

Training for Gender staff
A Gender staff development workshop was held at TTRC (Technology and Training Resource Center) from 15 May to 18 May 2014 where 25 Organizer Genders (OGs) attended. This programme is organized twice in a year to give the OGs a reorientation on their responsibilities and working strategies.

Capacity Development Training for ATs held
Six days capacity development training was organized at TTRC (Technology and Training Resource Center) from 18 May to 23 May 2014 on Block batik and Vegetable dying. 26 Assistant Teachers (ATs) from all the units attended the training.

Development Partners Meeting 
The development partners’ meeting was held on 18 March 2014 at the conference centre of CMES where representatives from SDC, Sida, Caritas Switzerland, EDM and unicef, Bangladesh were present in the meeting. ED of CMES give a presentation on CMES’s ongoing projects’ implementation progress. Representatives from Development Partners  gave their opinion regarding programming and funding in next phase.

Meeting with Caritas Switzerland Representative 
A meeting between Caritas Switzerland (CS) officials and |CMES team held at CMES conference center on 19 March 2014. Ms Maja Huerlimann and Ms Amrita Rozario attended the meeting. CMES chairman, Executive Director, 2 DPCs, 1 SPM and 3 POs were present in the meeting. CMES ED, Ms. Hassan Banu presented on the YSES project’s achievements in the ongoing third phase, in the first half of the meeting. In the second half, discussion held on the action plan, budget variance and sustainability of the project.

Unit Organizers’ Management Training Workshop 
The Unit Organizers’ Management Training Workshop was held at CMES conference room on 09-12 March 2014.  Unit Organizers (UOs) from 25 units of CMES attended the quarterly capacity building programme. The revised action plan was presented to the UOs by respective section of CMES. Beside this, every department revised the progress of implementation under their respective component of CMES project. CMES chairman Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim valuable gave directions to the UOs to build up a CMES as a strong and dynamic NFE providing organization.

Meeting with Winrock International
A delegation from Winrock International’s F2F (Farmer to Farmer) project visited CMES on 15 January 2014. A meeting was arranged by CMES with the delegation on the ways to work with the project. Asia Farmer to Farmer Regional Director, Mr. Md. Shamsul Kabir led the team with Mr. Biswajit Kumar Sarker (Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist), Mr. Kh. Mazhabuddin (Regional Manager), and Ms. Bipasha (Communication Specialist) of the F2F project who took part in the meeting. CMES’s Chairman, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim led CMES team composing Executive Director of CMES Hassan Banu, Md. Mahfujur Rahman (Senior Programme Manager) and M.M. Khaled Ahsan from Technology Department.