Why is this intervention necessary?
Introduced in 1997, pre-primary education is a critical strategic intervention for promoting the quality of primary schooling especially for children who are first-generation learners. Pre-primary education helps children transition from home to formal schooling. The main objective of the programme is to prepare underprivileged children to enter the mainstream primary schools.
Many a times in underprivileged families, parents do not have the education necessary to teach children foundational literacy skills, nor are they equipped to meet the demands and routines of formal schooling. BEP provides a basic academic foundation, and the crucial emotional and physical development required for success in primary schools. Besides education, children with special needs are also provided with medical support and necessary assistive devices.
Key features of BPPS
• Centre-based approach with one teacher for 25-30 children
• Children aged 5-6 years• Sixty per cent of the students are girls
• No tuition fee
• Flexible class hours
• Involvement of the community in addition to 2.5 hours of schooling per day
• The teacher is a local woman with 10 years of schooling experience
• The schools are located on catchment of mainstream primary school
• Fun and activity-based pre-school education
• Tracking former pre-primary students during their study in the mainstream primary school through mobilising parents to ensure learning and retention
How do we ensure quality of teaching?
Preference is given to teachers who have at least 10 years experience of schooling and a senior school certificate. BRAC trains these teachers in the latest and most effective teaching methodologies in a non-formal, creative manner, encouraging effective development of children's communications, language and social skills, active hands on learning, the use of arts including free-hand drawings and other modes of class work.
What's the linkage with government schools?
After completing the one-year pre-primary course, all graduates are enrolled in the nearest government or registered non-government primary schools. BRAC staff keeps a track of these children until they complete their primary education.
13,430 BRAC pre-primary schools
377,954 students, of whom 59.79% are girls
13,425 teachers, of whom all are women
6.01 million students completed course to date, of which 61.45% are girls