Free online course offers a unique insight into lives of Bangladeshi garment factory workers

Badiri E-Academy’s open-source e-learning platform, founded under the aegis of Badiri Education and Development Academy – the education and capacity building arm of the UAE-based NAMAWomen Advancement Establishment (NAMA), offers many useful online courses for free, which not only upskill ambitious women and women to learn and succeed, but also gives them insight into the lives of people from other nations and cultures.

 Four Million Threads: The Garment Workers of Bangladesh is a 25-minute documentary film in English made by Jackie Hurwitz Baskin after the horrific tragedy of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013.

It is one of the nine courses offered for free by Badiri E-Academy, and can be accessed online at

The documentary is about Monaria, a 19-year-old girl who had to leave her home for a one-room flat in a city with a husband she barely knew. She works with 5,000 others in a factory, sewing zipper onto 180 sweaters every day. She is the first woman in her family ever to earn a salary, but it is barely enough to survive. 

Monaria’s life is a window into countless others who are at the very bottom of Bangladesh’s booming garment trade - a complex world full of difficult choices and competing values. 

The E-Academy mobile App, available on both Android and Apple stores, will enable you to access the course anytime, anywhere. Registration for all the courses are free.













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