our impact

7

countries where children access learning opportunities

115k

children learning in early childhood Play Labs globally

13m

children graduated from BRAC schools

80%

of teachers are women

BRAC’s cradle-to-career education programs empower the next generation of learners to reach their full potential.

BRAC’s early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary education programs reach tens of thousands of learners who often would not otherwise receive a quality education, including girls, children with disabilities, remote communities, and learners affected by crisis. Through joyful, community-driven approaches, all BRAC students have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

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Our approach

Early childhood development

Play Labs, BRAC’s flagship model for early childhood education, offer high quality, low-cost, playful learning opportunities to children ages three to five in underserved communities. Play Leaders, who are young women from the local community trained in play-based pedagogies, facilitate playful activities and child-led play that support children’s physical development, language development, and critical socio-emotional skills such as self-regulation, empathy, and critical thinking. In addition to learning through play, play also enables children who have experienced trauma or stress to heal and develop resilience. Play Labs also engage caretakers and communities in parenting sessions and play material development workshops, bringing the core elements of the model into the home to ensure learning also happens outside the classroom.

Early childhood development

BRAC pre-primary education in Bangladesh

Primary education

BRAC’s primary schools are defined by their joyful, community-driven approach. Teachers, who are women drawn from the local community, are trained to favor child-friendly, participatory approaches over rote learning. They lead playful activities such as songs, dance, art, and games that enable children to build critical soft skills in addition to learning reading, math, and other core subjects. This has proven to be a winning combination: students from BRAC primary schools consistently outperform students from government schools on standardized tests despite coming from poorer families.

Primary education

Classroom on a boat

Tertiary and vocational education

BRAC’s education offerings stretch into adulthood, enabling older learners to gain the skills they need to thrive in today’s job market. For young people ready to pursue a career, BRAC’s skills development and vocational education programs offer training in demand-driven trades to prepare learners to join the workforce or start their own business. BRAC also supports thousands of students from disadvantaged backgrounds through scholarships for secondary and higher education. In 2001, BRAC founded BRAC University in Bangladesh to prepare bright, eager young people to become leaders and innovators in their fields.

Tertiary and vocational education

Tertiary and vocational education
Education is the most important tool for development. It is the catalyst for all positive change.”
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC Founder
For more details on our education programs, download our fact sheet.

Where we work

Afghanistan

Founded in 2002, Afghanistan was BRAC’s first country of operation outside of Bangladesh. We now reach communities across 14 provinces with a focus on services for girls and women, who are particularly vulnerable amid conflict.

Afghanistan

Students in Afghanistan

Bangladesh

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and remains headquartered in Dhaka today. Our first and largest country of operation, BRAC runs a comprehensive suite of programs in nearly every corner of the country.

Bangladesh

Primary education in Bangladesh

Liberia

More than half of Liberia’s population lives below the poverty line, the largest proportion of any country where BRAC works. We launched operations in Liberia in 2008 with a goal of tackling the challenge holistically.

Liberia

Play center in Liberia.

Philippines

Although the Philippines is a middle-income country, a high proportion of children are excluded from education. Since 2012, BRAC has reached vulnerable children with quality education opportunities.

Philippines

Boat school in the Philippines

South Sudan

Since 2006, BRAC has supported families in South Sudan with a variety of programs. During a period of conflict and political turmoil, BRAC is committed to ensuring communities have services and support they need to build resilience.

South Sudan

Alison Wright Photography - South Sudan school

Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but widespread poverty still persists. BRAC launched its first financial inclusion programs in Tanzania in 2006, and has since expanded its work across a variety of programs to address poverty holistically.

Tanzania

Anas playing at a play lab in Tanzania

Uganda

BRAC expanded to Uganda in 2006, and the country has quickly become home to our largest operation outside of Bangladesh. In a country with one of the youngest populations in the world, BRAC’s work across sectors emphasizes reaching young people.

Uganda

Play lab leader and children in Tanzania

Program Highlights

Learning in a pandemic: 4 tips for parents and caregivers

As more than a billion students around the world put their schooling on pause, families are doing more than ever to bring learning home. Read our four tips drawn from BRAC Play Labs for caregivers and parents with young children at home.

Our work in action

The power of play

Through play, children build creativity, social skills, self-confidence, and resilience. Hear from Play Lab staff, parents, and children and discover the power of play in Tanzania and Uganda.

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