Youth

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
July 15, 2021
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The times they are a-changin’: Resilience of youth

This year’s World Youth Skills Day is about “reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic”. The skill sets for the youth are often changing and just as Bob Dylan had once prophesied, the old road (to development) is rapidly aging, and the new generation is adapting and thriving.
February 25, 2021

COVID-19 resulted in more child marriages. Why?

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.
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.
November 7, 2019

The young Sylheti dream team on the radio

More than 70% of people worldwide have access to a radio - making it one of the easiest and reliable channels of communicating news, information, and entertainment.
October 10, 2019
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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.
September 22, 2019

People for peace: Lessons from Bangladesh

This #InternationalDayofPeace, we explore the lessons we have learnt in Bangladesh from piloting social cohesion initiatives where everyone is an ambassador of peace.
July 25, 2019
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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?