Society for Participatory Education and Development (SPED)

Society for Participatory Education and Development (SPED) is a development non-profitable facilitating organization as well as a network for disadvantaged people’s organizations, and consists of the Reflect Practitioners Forum of Bangladesh (RPFB) and other likeminded organizations who are implementing and promoting participatory approaches (Reflect, Par, Reflection-Action, Action Research etc.). SPED is working closely with grassroots underprivileged Peoples organizations, strives for sustainable development of the poor and marginalized communities. SPED believes that transformation of society to make it more just and egalitarian is possible when a critical mass of people, those currently marginalized, come forward in collective action to claim their rights. Participatory approaches contribute to the social awareness of individuals, to develop their analytical skills so that they can organize and successfully claim their just rights. Participatory approaches contribute to the social awareness of individuals to develop their analytical skills so that they can organize themselves and successfully claim their rights and just society.

The process of developing a forum on participatory education and development was initiated in January, 1997 through discussion on the need for such a forum. This was finally formalized in May, 1999 with the technical support from the Reflect Co-ordination Unit of Actionaid Bangladesh. In the fifth Annual General Meeting of the Forum held in April, 2004, the Members of the organization decided to change the name of the forum to ease the legal process and Forum for Participatory Education and Development underwent a change and became Society for Participatory Education and Development (SPED). The year 2005 is a memorable year for SPED. In this year, SPED achieved its legal status under the Society Act 1860 and, also received legal footing from the Ministry of Social welfare and NGO affairs Bureau as well. SPED is well-known nationally and internationally as a development organization and is showcased in the `Be The Change Campaign-http://www.youcanbethechange.com/stories.’