Runa's unique approach to textbook design serves a dual purpose. First, the goal-oriented nature of the textbooks motivates students to complete each unit because they feel a sense of accomplishment as they learn a new, concrete skill. Second, because the books are largely self-directed, the teacher is free to spend more time with individual students, rather than standing in front of a class and reading directly from the textbook. As a result, students have more confidence in themself, begin to think critically, and therefore gain more from the time spent in school. As Runa says, "all I did was what any book should do–increase inquisitiveness for learning."
• 4.2 million people have access to Friendship’s health services • Friendship’s education programme benefits 15,800 households in 5 districts • Friendship’s Disaster Management teams are active in 47 communities covering 162,000 people •The Good Governance Programme is active in 21 Chars hosting 70,000 people •Friendship provides Sustainable Economic Developments services through its 3 operating entities Looking ahead, the education program is working with computer based offline learning that uses curriculum based videos. Work is under way to establish six static clinics and a fifty bed land hospital in remote locations of southern coastal belt by 2017. The programs on agriculture, disaster management, good governance, etc. will also continue growing to reach out to more people.