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?
Jhuma’s home, a small mud house, stands alone on a little raised piece of land in the middle of a vast inland sea. She lives in the haor, a seemingly endless stretch of wetlands in Sunamganj in northern Bangladesh. Everything around her is covered by water. She cannot see land, as far as she looks, for more than half of the year. More children drop out from schools in these areas than anywhere else in the country. 20 million people live in the haor region that spreads across seven districts. Less than 1% finish high school.
BRAC provides second chance primary education for children between the ages of 8 to 12, who have either dropped out or never been to school. About 4200 children attend one of BRAC's 140 schools across four state