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Anjuman and Aziz Charitable Trust joins UNICEF's Int'l Council

October 26, 2022 00:00:00

The trustees of the Anjuman and Aziz Charitable Trust (AACT), Mrs. and Mr. Muhammed Aziz Khan, Dr Hanns Kendel and Dr Christian Prokopp, meet with UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell, UNICEF Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships Carla Haddad Mardini, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh Sheldon Yett and the Chair of UNICEF International Council Maria Ahlström-Bondestam to mark the launch of their partnership in Copenhagen. They are the first Council members to join from Bangladesh.

The Anjuman and Aziz Charitable Trust (AACT) and UNICEF Bangladesh entered into a four-year partnership to help address the learning crisis caused by the Covid pandemic, enabling 3,000 vulnerable children re-enter education and catch up on their classes, says a statement.

The AACT pledged to continue support to UNICEF Bangladesh, enabling education of some of the most disadvantaged out-of-school children in Bangladesh.

"Every child is the future, if we want a future we must enable the child, that via education. Education is not only children's right, it's our survival," said Muhammed Aziz Khan, Founder and Chairman of Summit Group, and Founder and Trustee of the AACT.

"This generous and extraordinary contribution is a testament to the Khans' commitment to the rights and needs of children. UNICEF is grateful for this donation from the Anjuman and Aziz Charitable Trust which will help meet the education needs of many of the country's most vulnerable children," said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.

In honour of their generous contribution to children in Bangladesh, Anjuman Aziz Khan and Muhammed Aziz Khan were invited to join UNICEF's International Council in Copenhagen. They are the first Council members to join from Bangladesh.

The UNICEF International Council is a unique community of people - many from the world's leading business families and global influencers - who bring together their funding, influence and expertise to help children across the world.

The Khan family were welcomed to the UNICEF International Council at its annual symposium, which took place in Denmark in October 2022. In Copenhagen,

they saw firsthand how UNICEF's supply warehouse operates - including education and adolescent kits, which are sent to emergencies around the world.

AACT's support will enable UNICEF's specialised learning programme to be offered to 3,000 children living in Dhaka South City Corporation Zones 3, 4, and 5 who have dropped out of school.

These areas see some of the highest rates of out-of-school children in the entire country, with one out of every three children in some neighbourhoods deprived of education.

UNICEF will provide them with a unique approach to learn in a safe environment, until they either graduate from primary school or catch up on their classes and can be mainstreamed into regular schools.

The programme will also benefit an estimated 5,000 parents and community leaders through community outreach activities.

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