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 community based feeder schools (CBFS) 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 community based accelerated learning schools (CBALS) 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.

Currently Education programme operates two projects which are girls' education project (GEP) Phase II started in January 2013 funded by DFATD Canadian Government, is to educate 120,000 children through 4,000 community based schools and the other is 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.

In GEP Phase I (2007-2012), we opened 4,021 Community Based Schools (CBS) with 125,108 students enroled. In addition 115,374 students graduated and from the mentioned number 102,091 students are now in the mainstream government schools. Besides, 4,300 females are employed as CBS teachers. We also provided subject based training to 5,601 of government school teachers (out of which 857 teachers received training on INSET-1) to develop their capacity to follow Ministry of Education (MoE) policy for general education.

As of January 2015, more than 19,092 children (74 per cent of whom are girls) graduated from 626 BRAC schools. Currently, there are over 116,693 students in 3,828 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 3,068 teachers with subject-based training, and 100 local resource persons were trained and also 2,522 mentors were trained to initiate mentoring programme. We also provide stipend for 3,000 for reentering in CBS schools.

We offer continued education and social opportunities for young women through adolescent reading centres (ARCs). 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 II- January 2013 to December 2017

DFATD (formally known as CIDA)

Improved equitable access to quality education for girls 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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