Main barriers to education
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.