Conventional wisdom is that the health of young children is not at great risk from COVID-19, but, in the Global South, the space constraints imposed on young children by the pandemic pose a significant risk to the stimulation on which brain development thrives. Early childhood development is further jeopardised by the pandemic’s impact on caregivers.
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.
One year on from the passing of the Founder of BRAC, we speak to Dr Erum Mariam, Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh and Miganur Rahman, who all worked with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Each of them began their journey with BRAC at different times, worked with Sir Fazle in different capacities and are currently leading at different levels in BRAC. What they have in common is that they continue to pass Sir Fazle’s leadership traits forward.
The transition from in-school to online learning can easily seem like a mechanical one, but it creates new challenges for remote and poor communities. These challenges can lead to devastating consequences for girls.
Schools in Bangladesh have been closed since March 2020, with remote education taking their place. That poses a very practical problem. When students return, each of them will have had greatly varied educational experiences.
No one comes out of a crisis without being changed in some way, and this pandemic is a crisis on a scale we have rarely seen: It has put years of progress in human development at stake; inequity is at its worst.
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.
BRAC’s boat schools were introduced with a simple philosophy: if children cannot get to school, schools will go to them.
500 boat schools have now given more than 14,000 children in the remote haor (wetland) regions of Bangladesh the opportunity to access education. A recent report indicates that the impact of these floating schools reaches far beyond the classrooms.