With education programmes in seven countries, BRAC has built the largest secular private education system in the world, with more than 38,000 schools giving disadvantaged youth a second chance at learning. Complementing mainstream school systems with innovative teaching methods and materials, BRAC opens primary schools in hard-to-reach communities , bringing learning to millions of children affected by extreme poverty, violence, displacement or discrimination. At the pre-primary level, we target underprivileged children to prepare them for mainstream primary school entry. At the secondary level, we provide need based trainings, student mentoring initiatives, and e-learning materials to improve the mainstream secondary education system.
Enhancing education with community-based schools
BRAC began the education programme in Afghanistan in 2002, to remove barriers that keep girls from receiving education. The programme implements systematic reform for improved learning through community-based schools.
Our community-based schools have two models including two-year feeder schools that prepare children between the ages of seven and nine for entry into formal schools starting at grade 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 15 years who have dropped out of, or never attended primary school.
Community ownership is one of the key successes of BRACin 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.
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.
Shabnam: Realising her dreams through BRAC