Gone are the days when Bangladeshi garment manufacturers were not much concerned for providing different facilities to their workers.
Things have changed as the sector emerges as one of the biggest export earners and a new breed of talented and compassionate industry owners have set new benchmarks when it comes to workers’ welfare. The workers too are now much aware of the rights they are entitled to and opt for factories, which are compliant, and ensuring best practices of manufacturing.
In recent times, some of the garment manufacturers have created remarkable amenities for their workers’ children. Among them, Viyellatex is a pioneer one.
Currently, this garment is operating seven pre-primary schools, in collaboration with Save the Children and USAID, for the children of their workers as well as under- privileged children as a part of Early Childhood Development Program from February, 2011 keeping in mind that today’s children are the future leaders of the country.
Children of the workers of Viyellatex can study at the school from class one to class five at free of cost. The school also provides free books and tiffin to the children. The children who top merit list in their respective classes also receive scholarships from the management of the company.
Apart from that, on 24 January, 2013, they introduced a school “BIKASH” for the physically challenged and underprivileged children from the local community. Garment workers’ children can also avail this program.
While visiting different factories, we have found that working mothers mainly want to ensure that their children are getting a minimum level of care and education. This makes many garment manufacturers look for innovative ways to make a difference in the lives of their workers.
Because, as long as working mothers are tension free at the workplace as most of them are female workers, they can concentrate more on their work, perform their desired duties in a hassle-free environment.
Moreover, the happy mind of them is ultimately reflected on their productivity. The school of Viyellatex while providing mental relaxation to the working mothers, it’s also paying back to them who are contributing to the company’s growth by growing their children with care.