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.

BRAC Urban Slums Schools

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, the Schools in Urban Slums project expands BRAC’s existing education program by adding a further 2,000 one-room schools to urban slums or areas adjacent to the slums. It strives to enrol an estimated 62,000 out of school children (OOSC) in and around the cities of Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagona, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Rangpur, Jessore, Mymensingh, Commilla, Gajipur, and Norsingdi.

The project provides funding to cover the full costs of primary school education for all 2,000 schools over four years. An estimated 2,000 teachers are being hired and trained to work in the schools. In addition, more than 10,000 parent committee members are being trained on school monitoring and children’s attendance monitoring in an effort to support both the teaching and learning outcomes in local schools.

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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.




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.