Learning

October 4, 2018

The Ugandan teacher who leads learning through play

Nankinga Justine’s childhood was taken away from her all too early. Now that she is a teacher, she ensures that her students are making the most of theirs. This World Teacher’s Day, let us celebrate the teachers who were patient enough to play and sing with us.
August 14, 2018

Representing Bangladesh on Gujrat’s festival stage

More than 40% of girls in Bangladesh drop out from secondary school, and almost 60% are married by the time they turn 18.
July 4, 2018

Infrastructure development or the peril of our children?

It is no secret that Uganda’s infrastructure projects are extending beyond the capital city. However, it is a double-edged sword. There exists the ‘invisible’ effect, the dark side of these projects - especially for children and women.
June 16, 2018

Eid wishes from our little learners in Cox’s Bazar

To close the month of Ramadan we got paints out in two of our child friendly spaces in Cox's Bazar. One space was in Ukhia (one of the host communities) and the other space was in Kutupalong Extension Settlement. This is what happiness looks like at Eid for them.
May 31, 2018

1 million children sign to make dreams come true

Worldwide, 103 million youth cannot read - 60% of whom are girls. The International Finance Facility for Education (IFFED) is a groundbreaking plan to tackle this crisis. When up and running, it will help millions of children go to school, and prepare millions of young people to enter the global workforce.
March 6, 2018

Keeping the kids in school: 200 learning centres for Rohingya children

10-year-old Abdullah is writing numbers in his notebook, sitting on a bright blue and green mat with the sun pouring in through the thatched bamboo. He writes, without pause and in neat handwriting, from 1 to 20 in Burmese and English. Abdullah attends the temporary learning centre in B26/1 of Balukhali 1 in Cox’s Bazar along with his two brothers.
February 20, 2018

Why learning has to begin in our own language

How can children of minority access national and international languages needed for social cohesion and economic progress, while still retaining their right to develop their cultural and linguistic heritage with an education they understand?
February 6, 2018

Switch off the TV, read a book – our future depends on it

What is one of the surest ways to damage our futures? Create a world without books. Stub out curiosity, imagination and dreaming, and block the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
January 30, 2018

Try first, fail fast and other lean lessons

Remember when Segway launched in 2002? It was predicted to revolutionise transportation and hit the $1 billion sales mark faster than any company in history. But by 2010 it had sold less than 30,000 units and was termed as one of the 10 biggest tech failures of the decade.
December 14, 2017

Improving lives: One BRAC at a time

This was originally posted on Bridge International Academies blog.BRAC’s annual event Frugal Innovation Forum in Dhaka, is now in its fifth year. The 2017 event explored education innovations and sought to connect innovators, social entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. Bridge was proud to play a part.
December 14, 2017

What is education really achieving? Here are 10 things to know.

What is education really achieving in reality? While designing education models centred around learning and knowledge, our vision and actions often get tunnelled.
December 7, 2017

Preparing for exams on a remote island

Standing on a distant piece of land in the middle of the haor (wetlands) of Sunamganj in northwestern Bangladesh, a sea surrounds the school. The water stretches as far as the eyes can see, with a few patches of croplands peeking through the horizon. It is the only school in an area of eight square kilometers.