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BRAC began the education programme in Afghanistan in 2002, aiming to remove barriers that prevent children particularly girls from receiving education. BRAC education programme in Afghanistan is the second largest after Bangladesh implementing community based education to 14,568 schools. 

The 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 the villages, strengthening rural communities for operating their own schools, and making local governments more responsive to educational challenges. 

Currently the Education programme operates two projects: a four year long Community Based Girls' Education Project (CBGEP) Phase II, which started in January 2013 and is funded by DFATD Canada. It provides learning opportunity to 120,000 children through 4,000 community based schools. The second is the DFID supported Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) project started in April 2013, providing learning opportunity to 50,000 girls through 1,670 community-based girls schools (CBGS) up to class 4 and 5. Both these projects mainstream the students into the nearby government/hub schools. 

In GEP Phase I (2007-2012), BRAC opened 4,021 Community Based Schools (CBS) and enrolled 125,108 students. In addition 115,374 students have graduated and 102,091 students are currently studying in the government schools. Besides, 4,300 females are employed as CBS teachers and 5,601 government school teachers received subject based training.

As of August 2015, more than 37,661 children (78 per cent of whom are girls) graduated from 1227 BRAC schools. Currently, there are over 37,110 students in 1,227 BRAC schools under two education projects funded by the Canadian government and DFID. 
 
As part of the continued efforts to improve the quality of education in mainstream secondary schools, BRAC provided subject-based training to 4,499 teachers, trained 200 local resource persons and 3463 mentors to initiate the mentoring programme. It also provides stipends to 2999 students for reentering in CBS schools.

BRAC operates Adolescent Reading Centres (ARCs) creating scope for adolescents to socialise with their peers and learn life and livelihood skills as part of the empowerment process. The livelihood skills training provided to the ARC members create an opportunity to generate their own income using skills in the areas of tailoring, embroidery, homestead gardening, and food processing.

 

Current projects

Duration

Donors

Ultimate Outcome

Community based Girls Education project in Afghanistan

(CBGEP) A -Phase II

Phase II- January 2013 to December 2016

DFATD Canada)

Improved equitable access to quality education for girls and boys in 12 provinces of Afghanistan.

Girls Education Challenge (GEC)

April 2013 to March 2017

 

DFID

Improved life chances of marginalised girls in Afghanistan through 1670 community based schools and improved quality of 2,000 government school teachers and 4,022 peer mentors.

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