In the backwaters of the hilly districts of Khhagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban an integrated programme of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board and the UNICEF is proving to be effectively contributing to the state of health and education of the people. The programme's central feature is the para centres. Each para centre is run by a para worker, who is a women, and whose duty is multi-dimensional. She works with the goals to educate the pre-school small children, make the whole community aware of health and hygiene and give impetus to the other development programmes run by the government and the NGOs by playing the role of a community leader.
In the villages across the hilly region, which is in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, the para centres are considered the symbols of change. SWM sheds light on how the centres are contributing to the overall development of the community.
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