Apparently the slum children are the most underprivileged section of the society, but no comprehensive initiative has yet been taken for their overall improvement.
A number of ministries like local government and rural development (LGRD), housing and public works, education, social welfare and health are related with slum dwellers' development plan.
The prime prerequisite for development of the slum children is to ensure education for them. Most of the slum children remain out of the realm of education, while some start but drop out at primary level. The drop out rate among the slum children is alarming.
To check the drop out rate government's has taken some initiatives, the government has introduced stipend for the female students along with free education, but these cannot draw more slum children to school. They show a sort of aversion to go to school and their parents are also show reluctance with excuse of poverty.
Claiming the slum children and street children as same, the government has launched a project to give financial aid to encourage them for primary education.
Under this project, a total of 500 street children across the country are paid Tk 1,500 monthly to meet their education cost and the major condition of receiving the aid is to attend school regularly. But this project is not focused on urban slum children.
The government has taken it as a pilot initiative. Early Learning for Child Development (ELCD) has been taken up under which around 8,500 centres have been established across the country to provide pre-primary schooling to the children aged between 1 to 6.