Violence, discrimination and extreme poverty should not stop children from realising their potential.
BRAC early learning centres, pre-primary and primary schools give children left out of formal education a second chance at learning. In the last four years in Bangladesh, we enrolled over 1 million children in pre-primary schools and transitioned 99 per cent of those who completed into government schools.
Our frugal innovation model establishes simple one room, one teacher schools in hard to reach communities – reducing the need for students to walk miles. With an average of 30 pupils per classroom, local female teachers use a child-centred approach to learning and deliver a tailored curriculum that promotes critical thinking.
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Pre-primary and Primary Education
Our 5-6 (pre-primary) and 8-10 (primary) year old students are not catered for by formal education, or have been forced to drop out for a multitude of reasons. We provide them with free and flexible schooling, tailored to their circumstances to ensure pupils are still able to help with household duties. Rather than running parallel systems, we complement government programmes by supporting children to transition into them. Operating education programmes in seven countries we are giving a second chance to millions of children.
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BRAC believes that every child deserves a chance at an education. Currently, BRAC runs a secondary school programme in Uganda through the MasterCard Scholars Program and is looking to expand opportunities for secondary education worldwide.
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BRAC University provides undergraduate and graduate programmes to over 6,000 students from both Bangladesh and more than 20 other countries. The University was established in 2001 and contains eight centers, schools, and institutes, such as the James P. Grant School of Public Health, the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, the BRAC Business School, and the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research. BRAC University provides scholarships to approximately 10 percent of its students to ensure that the most talented students are offered an opportunity for a higher education. BRAC University follows the liberal arts approach to education to nurture fresh ideas and meet the demands of a globalized world.
If children cannot go to school, the school should go to them. We take primary education to children in seasonally submerged areas in Bangladesh and the Philippines through boat schools, which pick up teachers and students and drop them off at home after classes. Read More
Working in remote areas
In Karamoja, an area of northern Uganda, we run schools for children aged 5-6 who would otherwise not have an education. We are one of the very few organisations who have been able to penetrate this area given the resurgence of violence and conflict following the civil war. Watch this video to learn more.
Reaching for global goals
Over four years, we’ve enrolled more than 1 million children in pre-primary schools in Bangladesh. The country is on track to achieve primary education for all, a Millennium Development Goal set by world leaders in 2000. There is still a long way to go to improve dropout rates, ensure quality education, and encourage students (especially girls) to go to school. Read more
Not leaving girls behind
We’ve set up 150 study clubs in Sierra Leone – girls-only safe spaces, situated in borrowed or rented rooms outside the school setting and within walking distance of girls’ homes. The girls, numbering about 13 per club, meet five times a week, receiving academic tutoring in the mornings and life skills education in the afternoons. Read more