Country

Bangladesh

According to UNICEF, 40% of Bangladesh’s population is children and statistics indicate that 600,000 are out of school. To contribute to increased enrolment, we have forged partnerships in Bangladesh and are currently working on four project programs that extend over a period of 1 – 6 years. Upon completion our projects will contribute to the enrollment of more than 200,000 children.

Bangladesh
source(s): UNESCO INSTITUTE FOR STATISTICS - CURRENT AS OF JULY 2016; UNESCO EFA GLOBAL MONITORING REPORT 2013/14


Main barriers to education

  • Poverty
  • Safety
  • Geographical locations
  • Extreme weather events
  • Lack of schools in urban slums
  • Poor infrastructure

Following the country’s split from Pakistan in 1971, the Bangladeshi government has worked steadily to improve both the health and education sector, whilst reducing population growth. However, the population to date is a staggering 160 million, 40% of whom are children.

Bangladesh boasts an extremely fertile land,  and its ’s agricultural sector is the country’s largest employer, however, it cannot support  the country’s large population;  half of  the population lives on less than one dollar a day, many of chose to travel abroad in search of work.

Rural areas are inhabited by almost three quarters of the population, but extreme weather conditions such as flooding and cyclones, means that income generation is volatile and inconstant.  Increasing poverty in these areas is prompting many rural families to move to urban zones. For example, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is one of the fastest growing Mega-cities according to UNICEF. Migration of people to these urban centers brings an increase in the cost of land and growth in illegal settlements.

sources: Unicef, Bbc

Year added: 
2012

Projects

Boat Schools for Rural Children

Boat Schools for Rural Children

EAC and BRAC are working in Bangladesh through the use of boat schools to break down the barriers that children face to accessing education in disaster prone and remote rural areas, where households are constrained due to challenging geographies and the negative consequences of extreme weather.
BRAC Urban Slums Schools

BRAC Urban Slums Schools

With the support of EAC co-funding, BRAC is establishing 2,000 single classroom schools in the urban slums of Bangladesh in order to enroll 62,000 children who are currently out of school into quality primary education programs.
Children’s Learning Centers

Children’s Learning Centers

Through the use of non-formal primary schools, Children’s Learning Centers, in Bangladesh, EAC and the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) will reach 40,000 out of school children in Noakhali, Laxmipur, Chittagong, Mymensingh, and Netrokona districts with quality education.
Education for Out of School Children in Bangladesh

Education for Out of School Children in Bangladesh

In partnership with EAC, the GSS Education for Out of School Children Project addresses the barriers to education faced by low income families and children living in rural, remote area and in urban slums of Bangladesh through low cost primary education using active learning techniques.

Partners

BRAC

Through the use of boat schools and single classroom urban schools, BRAC is working in partnership with EAC to increase access to education for children living in hard to reach areas of Bangladesh’s Haor flood plain, and in the slums of Bangladesh’s cities.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission

In partnership with EAC, the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in Bangladesh will establish 1,000 new Children’s Learning Centers (CLCs). The new CLCs will help enable DAM to educate 40,000 Bangladeshi children over a five year period. As part of an existing program with the European Commission, DAM runs more than 1,900 Children’s Learning Centers, with over 60,000 children currently enrolled.

Gonoshahajjo Sangstha (GSS)

In partnership with EAC, Gonoshahajjo Sangstha (GSS) will provide quality basic education to 104,700 out of school Bangladeshi children over four years through its Quality Education Program. The GSS Quality Education Program is a proven model in active teaching and learning aimed at holistic development of the child.