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Bangladesh: School Feeding Encourages Nomadic Children To Attend Class

River Nomads
Charming Snakes From An Early Age
An Empty Village
A Nutritious Snack Makes School More Attractive
Focused On Their Lessons
A Happy Teacher
Song And Dance Are Part Of School
Family Matters
Changing Perspectives

Bangladesh has a great cultural and ethnic diversity with over 40 indigenous groups living within its borders. The Bede are a nomadic group whose members traditionally live, travel and earn their living on the myriad of rivers that travers the country. Around 500,000 Bede people live across Bangladesh today.

As a result of their traditional lifestyle, 95 percent of Bede children do not attend school. When WFP started providing vitamin- and mineral-fortified biscuits in Choto Omarpur, a small Bede community on the outskirts of Dhaka, many children began to attend school to get the nutritious snack in the morning.