February 22, 2013

A flood of opportunity

As a young child in Sylhet, Bangladesh, I remember my daily life being attached to the land. Thrills came from chasing my cousins barefoot down hot, dirt roads; from sneaking out to watch older kids play soccer in the neighboring green fields; from helping my grandmother water her crops. When it would rain, as it frequently does in Sylhet, I would anxiously wonder when it would stop.
February 18, 2013

Low cost, high expectations

In session at a BRAC Primary School in the Korail slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo: Oscar Abello/BRAC) The conditions into which a child is born affects not only her future opportunity, but also her position in society. Poverty itself can limit society's expectations of the child’s ability to perform well in school, constantly reminding her of the miniscule chance she has to overcome adversity and poverty.
January 14, 2013

The motorcycle girl

Khadija’s story, posted in the features section of the BRAC site, shows how vocational training can break down barriers in traditional societies and ultimately lead to families lifting themselves out of poverty.
October 15, 2012

The importance of empathy: Five questions on education with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. EST (10 a.m. GMT), BRAC will participate in a Tweetchathosted by the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report to support the launch of its 2012 edition.
October 11, 2012

On Malala’s side, everywhere

Events in Pakistan have the BRAC global family talking – and around the world, from Dhaka to New York, we're steadfast in our support for Malala Yousafzai, age 14, now in critical condition after being shot by the Taliban for her courageous defense of human rights – the right of a girl to an education, especiall
October 11, 2012

Shabnam: Realising her dreams through BRAC

We're sharing this story in light of recent events in Pakistan, where education activist Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban two days ago. We stand in solidarity with Malala and others like her -- such as Shabnam, who works as an education team leader in Afghanistan.
October 11, 2012

Bangladesh’s Disaster Superwomen

A low-lying country whose image is often tarnished by poverty, political instability and natural disasters, Bangladesh deserves due recognition for the beauty of its landscape, its rich cultural heritage and the relentless zest for life that enables its heroic people to brave any of the obstacles that life in the world’s largest delta throws their way.
September 10, 2012

Lessons Learned from the Facebook Innovation Competition Winner

This spring, Daniel Ng was the winner of BRAC’s first Facebook Innovation Contest.  He visited us in August to work with the Social Innovation Lab on advancing his idea.  His reflections are below.  You can watch his submission video and final presentation on the BRAC youtube channel.
August 1, 2012

An Impromptu Visit to a BRAC School

This was a blog post written by Carmen Lundell, Intern, BRAC Communications. The opinion reflected here is her own and is not that of BRAC. Last weekend, a few interns and myself traveled to Srimangal for recreational purposes. We hoped to escape the busy Dhaka life and spend a weekend relaxing in solitude.
June 27, 2012

Uganda’s budget: Opportunities for the coming year

Uganda’s Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka unveiled the country’s budget for the financial year 2012/2013 earlier this month, disclosing an allocation of UGX 10,710.6 billion or $4.284 billion for government expenditures.  The government’s top three areas of focus are Works and Transport, Education, and Energy and Minerals, with the sectors commanding 15.3%, 15.2% and 13.5% of the budget, respectively.
June 4, 2012

Education – the most critical element to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty

This post was written by Francisco M. Varela, Undersecretary, Department of Education, Republic of the Philippines, after his visit to Bangladesh for the launching of BRAC's education programme in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
May 20, 2012

Behind the scene

As parents, we are always curious about examination results, how we can get admission for our children in good schools and how to give education through private tuition etc. Second and third generation students’ parents can think in this way, but what about those students who are the first in their family to be going to school?