Since its inception in 1985, co-curricular activities in BRAC schools have been prioritised within the curriculum. To reinforce such activities, BEP initiated performing and fine arts (PFA) in BRAC schools among primary and pre-primary students. BRAC believes that these activities help flourish social, emotional, language and communication skills of children for their holistic development. The co-curricular activities that BRAC schools emphasise on include song, rhymes, acting, storytelling, drawing, games and different practical and hands-on experiences. BRAC believes that this sort of effort not only inspires children to explore their hidden potential but also helps them become confident.
The main objectives of the programme are as follows:
- To introduce art and music as integrated part of learning enhancement
- To promote inner potentials of underprivileged talents on co-curricular activities
- To present co-curricular activities as tools for psycho-social, physical and emotional development
- To create a fun learning environment
- To foster love for learning, enhance creativity, and produce better prepared citizens for the workplace of tomorrow
In 2014, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts) and Bangladesh Shishu Academy agreed to train deepshikha children in song, dance, recitation and drawing at their district level academies all over Bangladesh. This is a mark of collaboration between BRAC and the government.