Jamyang Foundation – India and Bangladesh
How this story represents an international-local faith partnership in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL): International Buddhist faith-based organisation specializing in women’s and girls’ education. Partnerships with local Buddhist nuns; education programmers, including secular and faith elements, aimed at local Buddhist women and girls in India and Bangladesh.
The Jamyang Foundation is a Buddhist faith-based organisation, which is directed from the US and runs programmes in India and Bangladesh. The foundation supports innovative education projects for indigenous girls and women in some of the most in need and remote parts of the world, including the Indian Himalayas and the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The projects foster women’s learning potential by combining general education for the modern world with traditional Buddhist wisdom and practice.
According to the director of the Jamyang Foundation, there are two broad traditions with regards to MEAL within Buddhist communities.
- The first does not see any need for formal MEAL, not even in its most basic forms.
- On the other hand, some Buddhist groups support record-keeping and external, more formal forms of accountability.
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