Bangladeshi children living in urban slums face barriers to accessing and remaining in school that are accentuated by very low family incomes, poor infrastructure and high population density. In order to help augment the family’s income, children in urban slums often dropout of school to work as manual laborers.
With the support of EAC co-funding, BRAC is establishing 2,000 single-classroom schools (1,000 in 2013 and 1,000 in 2014) in the slums, and in areas adjacent to the slums. The project’s goal is to provide 62,000 working children and other out of school children with a full course of primary education.
The schools are being established in the slums and poor areas of Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Rangpur, Jessore, Mymensingh, Comilla, Gazipur, and Norsingdi districts. By the end of five years, BRAC plans to hire and train 2000 teachers for the single-classroom urban slum schools. In addition, more than 10,000 parent committee members will be trained on school monitoring and children’s attendance monitoring.