BRAC began the education programme in Afghanistan in 2002, to remove barriers that keep girls from receiving education. Our education programme is the second largest programme outside Bangladesh in Afghanistan implementing systematic reform for improved learning through community-based schools.

Our community-based schools have two models including feeder schools that prepare children between the ages of seven and nine for entry into formal schools starting at grade three or four; the other model is the two to three year accelerated learning schools that follow the government curriculum for grades one through five for girls between the ages of 10 to 19 years who have dropped out of, or never attended primary school.

Community ownership is one of the key successes of BRAC in changing attitudes towards girls’ education in Afghanistan. BRAC communicates the opportunities and benefits of having schools in villages, strengthening rural communities for operating their own schools, and making local governments more responsive to educational development.

Our girls’ education challenge (GEC) project started In April 2013 funded by DFID, is to educate 50,000 girls through 1,670 community-based girls schools (CBGS) up to class 4 and 5 and mainstream them into government schools.

As of July 2014, more than 247,823 children (83 per cent of whom are girls) graduated from 12,199 BRAC schools. Currently, there are over 120,647 students in 3,945 BRAC schools under two education projects funded by the Canadian government and UKaid.
As part of our continued efforts to improve the quality of education delivery at mainstream secondary schools, we provided 8,189 teachers with subject-based training, and 100 local resource persons were trained to initiate mentoring programme.

We offer continued education and social opportunities for young women through adolescent reading centres. These centres give girls the chance to socialise, play indoor games, sing and exchange views and experiences - activities that are generally not encouraged in their homes. We also provide vocational training for adolescent girls, including tailoring, embroidery, homestead gardening, and food processing. The aim is to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to start a business or find employment.


Current projects


Donors/ Partners


Community based Girls Education project in Afghanistan


Phase 2- January 2013 to March 2017

DFATD (formally known as CIDA)

Improved equitable access to quality education for girl and boys in 12 provinces in Afghanistan

Girls Education Challenge (GEC)

April 2013 to March 2017



Improve life chances of marginalised girls in Afghanistan through 1,500 community based schools and improving quality of 2,000 government school teachers and 4,500 peer mentors

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