Around the world, millions of primary-aged children are out of school - and girls are are far more likely than boys to never set foot in a classroom. To address this, BRAC is training local women as teachers and opening pre-primary and primary schools for children from poor families, especially girls. Building on over 40 years of experience in Bangladesh, BRAC has now expanded its education work to Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, the Philippines, and Afghanistan.
BRAC works in extremely poor, post-disaster, and conflict-prone countries, where poverty and hunger, large class sizes, lack of qualified teachers, and poor learning environments contribute to the problems of low enrollment and retention. Parent illiteracy and low awareness of the importance of education, especially for girls, exacerbate these issues.
BRAC will establish thousands of early childhood education centers and primary schools to prepare children from poor families, including at least 60% girls, for lifelong learning. It will also train women from target communities as teachers and provide further training to existing government primary school teachers that emphasizes interactive and participatory learning methods. Working within existing community structures, BRAC will help change attitudes towards girls education.
This project will increase the quality of education in communities in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, thereby increasing primary enrollment and completion rates, especially for girls from poor families. Graduates of BRAC pre-primary and primary schools will be equipped with the skills they need to succeed in secondary school and beyond, helping them to create the lives they want for themselves and overcome inter-generational cycles of poverty.