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Education support programme (ESP)

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In 1991, BRAC launched ESP to enhance the access to quality primary education opportunities for underprivileged children (of 9-12 years) in the most remote areas including char (riverine islands), haor (wetlands), tea garden areas and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. ESP builds partnerships with local NGOs and provides them with technical and financial support to replicate BRAC’s primary school (BPS) model. Thus, ESP supplements the government in achieving the goals of Education for All (EFA) in line with millennium development goals (MDGs) of education in Bangladesh.

ESP considers the formal structure, location, reputation, potential, honesty and commitment of the potential NGOs before engaging with them to operate the programme. ESP also provides consultancy, supervision, monitoring and audit services to its partner NGOs.

The programme covers five-year primary curriculum in four years like BPS. It has introduced multi-strategy language teaching (MsLT) in all its schools which is a method providing student the opportunity to exercise free-hand writing and boost-up their creativity. ESP has also introduced education programmes for ethnic children in CHT and tea gardens by replicating the education for ethnic children model.

Wherever feasible, ESP enrols the children with special needs (CSN) and modifies the infrastructure of the schools accordingly and provides assistive devices and treatments by the CSN unit.

Capacity development of partner NGOs

The heads of partner NGOs are an integral part of the programme; there is no doubt that their active participation and involvement in activities results in successes of the programme. In the light of this comprehension, ESP builds their capacity development focusing on knowledge and skills on monitoring, auditing, non-formal primary education management, pedagogy of primary education, ownership so that they can implement the BPS model effectively. In addition, ESP provides diverse training to programme organisers/officers and the teachers to build their capacity for a successful and smooth operation of the schools.


Initially BRAC started ESP with 26 development organisations and 129 schools. To date, ESP has worked with 1,282 partner NGOs. A total of 0.75 million children have graduated from these schools, of which 98.75 per cent children transferred to mainstream schools.

In 2009, ESP first introduced five-year curriculum in four years instead of three years course (class 1-3). The students of the 2009 batch participated in the Primary Education Completion Examination (PECE) of class 5 in 2012 witha pass rate of 99.94 per cent.


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305 sub-districts in 59 districts all over the country




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