There is only one program design element that cuts across BRAC's vast portfolio: community ownership. If communities don't step up, for one reason or another, BRAC's programs falter.
So BRAC's Education Program in Pakistan was thrilled this spring, as students and their families came together for their annual functions. These public ceremonies, which happen school-by-school beginning in the middle of March, celebrate graduates and celebrate the value that education brings to communities where it remains commonplace to pull children out of school when they reach the same level of education as their parents.
It was a great reminder that community ownership isn't just an abstract program design element--it's also the sights and sounds of daughters, sons, mothers, fathers and teachers all singing, clapping, cheering the progress they're making together.
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