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School for dropped out children

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School for children who have dropped out is a new initiative which has been piloted both in rural and urban areas. Unlike the BPS programme, which target students who have never been enrolled in any formal school or have dropped out of school within the first three years, these schools target students who have dropped out of the formal school system in class 2 or 3. Therefore, these students could be enrolled into the schools for dropout children instead of in BRAC’s primary schools, and reduce repetition by following five-year courses and also save a schooling year.

Key features:

  • Children from poor and disadvantaged background, who dropped out of formal schooling between ages eight and 12 are given a second chance at education
  • Each class has 25 to 30 students
  • A locally recruited teacher with at least SSC is selected to guide the same cohort of students through primary education
  • Classes are held in one-room schools within walking distance of the student’s residence
  • Before enrolment, potential students have to appear for an aptitude test which measures the students’ competence; analysing the test scores students are placed into appropriate class
  • There is no tuition fee or admission fee for these students; all the necessary learning material is provided by BRAC
  • There are no long vacations; classes take place six days a week
  • BRAC develops a curriculum for classes 2 and 3 based on the national curriculum, however for classes 4 and 5, BRAC follows national curriculum and government-issued books; Children are taught to read, write, compute simple arithmetic, and acquire basic life skills and social values
  • Intensity of the bridge course is also adjusted according to the average aptitude test score
  • Children are taught to read, write, compute simple arithmetic, and acquire basic life skills and social values

Bridge course
Bridge course is a compulsory component of school for children who have dropped out; it is a combination of basic mathematics, English and science to stimulate basic knowledge, which student may have previously acquired. It also helps students to fill the learning gaps and increase their competence. Bridge course encourages students to attend school on a regular basis and emphasises on following school rules and regulations. In the school for dropout children a condensed curriculum for class 2 is covered in seven months; curriculum for class 3 is covered in the next eight months. Time allocated for classes 4 and 5 curriculums are 10 and 11 months respectively.

 

Class

BRAC Primary School

duration

School for dropout children

Class 2 duration

Class 3 duration

Bridge course

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4 months

4 months

1

9 months

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2

9 months

7 months

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3

9 months

8 months

10 months

4

10 months

10 months

11 months

5

11 months

11 months

11 months

Total

48 months

40 months

36 months

 

The curriculum for class 2 and 3 includes six basic subjects, which are mathematics, Bengali, English, science, social science and religion. Interaction among the teacher and students is a crucial component in the teaching and learning methods used in classroom; Bengali is a standard medium of communication. The learning environment is interactive and friendly among the teacher and peers. School for dropout children initiative reduces the repetition of class that students previously faced when they dropped out of the formal schooling in class 2 and 3.

Along with curricular activities, co-curricular activities such as physical exercise, singing, dancing and role playing are also practiced since they help develop students both physically and mentally, and also ensures higher attendance rate in school. After completing their course in the school for dropout children, the students are registered on the follow-up register and later enrolled into secondary school.

 

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