Hafiz, Alamin and Trine Lund founded EDS in 2005. EDS is a volunteer organization where we motivate poor children and youth to see that they are resources and to take initiative to help others to get education. Participation in EDS is free. We do not collect money for EDS. Our focus is to motivate the children and youth through communication, giving them responsibility and to guide them.
The Bangladeshi government has worked to give more children education. They have reached nearly universal enrollment in grade 1, but due to poor quality education very many children drop out of school. In EDS children and youth get free tutoring before and after school.
We use the method called action learning (learning by doing) to develop the children into change agents. Hafiz and me sit with the children on Skype and guide them to identify problems, make a plan, implement the plan, observe the results and reflect on how they can improve their plan and try again. This way we develop responsible children and youth who are reflective problem solvers.
This way we have provided education for 1000 poor children and 60 of them now study at the university. Many of these students were child labourers, beggars and some of the girls escaped child marriage.
To reach these results has required very hard and dedicated work with children, youth, their parents, schools, educational authorities, the police, local leaders etc. over many years. So we have extensive experience working in the Bangladeshi system to achieve results.
Our aim is also to inspire Norwegian students to feel that they are resources who can take action in their communities. So we visit Norwegian schools to inform them about Hafiz story and the story of the EDS children. We have also been invited to give guest lectures of EDS to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Norad, association of UN organizations in Norway etc.
Hafiz and Trine have conducted action research in EDS for 13 years and are now writing scientific articles about the EDS method with pedagogy professors from NMBU.