education

February 27, 2022

“Hope lies in your hands – and you are well-equipped” Tamara Abed at BRAC University’s 14th Convocation

This is an excerpt taken from a speech given by Tamara Hasan Abed, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and BRAC University at the university's 14th Convocation - the first one since the COVID-19 pandemic - on 27 January 2022. Scroll below to watch the video.
October 6, 2021

Amidst almost-empty classrooms in many schools, others have 90% of their students back. What’s their secret?

Schools have finally reopened in Bangladesh, after 18 long months. Many schools are reporting lower student numbers, particularly of girl students. A school in Kurigram reported that just one girl student had returned to her class - the rest had been married during school closures. BRAC’s schools, where students often have the least internet access and support at home, and where teachers stayed in constant communication through phones, home visits and home-based projects, paint a different picture.
September 19, 2021

Schools in Bangladesh were closed for longer than in any other country. Here’s how BRAC is supporting their reopening

Schools in Bangladesh reopen this week after the world’s longest shutdown. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, BRAC was providing education for almost 750,000 students. During the extended closure, it continued teaching remotely, and ensured that close to 620,000 students graduated from their courses. The remaining students continued learning remotely and, after planning for reopening for months, BRAC opened its doors to 129,000 students this week. Amidst dire predictions of learning loss globally, it is quietly optimistic that its innovative measures to continue learning, combined with a rigorous approach to remediation will get its students back on track.
September 5, 2021

One man’s journey to get education to every child in Bangladesh: Dr Safiqul Islam

Dr Safiqul Islam spent 30 years building BRAC’s education programme. He joined BRAC in 1987, as a spirited young patriot who wanted to change his country, and, through his work with BRAC and Bangladesh’s education sector, he did. Bangladesh’s education sector has undergone significant transformation during the last three decades, and Dr Islam was a driving force behind them. Dr Islam worked tirelessly to materialise Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s vision of a world free of inequality, through inspiring education practitioners across the world to get education to every child.
September 5, 2021

Bridge Schools: A second chance at education in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a remarkable primary education enrolment rate – 97.97%, but 18.85% of students drop out before completion. Drop-out rates are even higher in urban informal settlements, hard-to-reach areas, such as haor (wetlands) and char (riverine islands). BRAC is seeing significant improvements in drop-out rates through the implementation of its Bridge Schools initiative – specially-designed, accelerated programmes to bridge learning gaps and support children to complete primary education
March 31, 2021

Agents of change: Three primary schools in Bangladesh being watched by the world

As vaccinations are distributed globally and schools closed for months start planning to open, questions are being raised about what changes we need to our education system in a post-pandemic world. We have a unique chance to shape our curriculum and teaching and learning methods now for when we reopen, and climate change, diversity and gender equality are challenges that should be high on that priority list. Three schools in Bangladesh were globally recognised for their work in these areas in 2019; this blog takes a closer look at them.
October 13, 2020

Snapshot: 30 ways BRAC supports girl children

Bangladesh has four million child brides, the second-highest in the world. More than half of all married women now in their twenties were married before the age of 18. At BRAC, tackling this challenge is one of our highest priorities. Here is a snapshot of how we are trying to change the futures of girl children.
January 23, 2020

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and the Everyone A Changemaker movement

Ahead of this week’s selection panel of ‘Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers’ we’d like to take a moment to share about the deep roots of Sir Fazle and BRAC’s long-standing relation with Ashoka.
November 20, 2019

The right to a safe and happy childhood

BRAC’s ‘safeguarding for all’ approach is integrated throughout our programmes. With the right initiatives, we can make a difference for children - and help them get the childhood they deserve.
October 10, 2019

West African authors elevate girls’ voices through storytelling

A new set of books inspired by real stories from girls in West Africa aims to help girls navigate the unique challenges they face. Hear from the authors who brought their stories to life.
July 25, 2019

Are Bangladesh’s youth ready for the 21st century?

BRAC along with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development conducted the Youth Survey with a sample size of 4,200 youth, making it nationally representative, and allowing to understand the current status of youth in Bangladesh.
July 23, 2019

How BRAC used machine learning to reduce the drop-out rate of learners with disabilities to zero

Shathi is a young woman in Dhaka learning to sew. She is talented and dedicated, but she cannot hear. It is crucial that Shathi has a high quality learning experience to equip her with the skills she needs to become a successful tailor. The challenge is that there are hundreds of tailoring shops in Dhaka. How can we ensure that we match Shathi with the right shop for her apprenticeship?