CMES is a NGO in Bangladesh which has been working over three decades in different parts of the country and has a central Service Centre in Dhaka. CMES stands for Centre for Mass Education in Science. Its aim is to arrange an appropriate mass education for the common people encouraging thoughts and actions in science & technology.
Education and practices that help to bring appropriate technology within the grip of disadvantaged people for their empowerment is the major concern of CMES.
Education in the main stream being rather non-practical, formalistic, and dependent on rote-learning, even those who get the benefit of some years of the existing education system cannot make use of it in the development of their life and livelihood. The drop out rate from primary and secondary education is very high approaching almost 40%. Very often the dropouts face a bleak future, without any job skill.
CMES is concentrating on this problem in education and human resource development. It has worked for an alternative education and supportive programs which would enable various aspects of education including science & technology to be practically used in a life-oriented manner. This has led to CMES's Basic School System (BSS).
The adolescent girls who are doubly disadvantaged in the traditional society are still subject to a lot of discriminations and repressions and have to strive hard for equal opportunities. CMES's Adolescent Girls' Program (AGP) offers a dynamic and innovative method for the girls’ empowerment to achieve that.
being a major goal of both, these need a linkage with the market, and the commercialization of their products and services. New and emergent appropriate technologies are adapted in the system to assist the achievement of the goal. Renewable and
environmentally sustainable technologies and their practices are therefore emphasized, as are the methods for quick and effective attainment of education and skills. Research and innovative approaches are required within the education, technology, gender and commercialization aspects of the program. CMES, therefore, has built itself up as a research organization as well as an implementing organization trying to develop a replicable model in the field. It has also been a continuously learning NGO, learning from and collaborating with other relevant efforts home and abroad.