BRAC established the EEC unit in 2001, to adapt its non-formal teaching model to meet the needs of indigenous children, who do not speak Bengali - the standard medium of education in Bangladesh. In EEC schools, teachers explain lessons orally in ethnic language, alongside Bangla, using educational materials based on local culture and heritage. This method helps indigenous children do better in class and increase their participation, while improving their enrolment and retention rates. BEP has introduced a full-fledged multi-lingual education (MLE) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to suit the learning needs of the indigenous communities using their own script as the medium of teaching. The aim is to help these children to bridge the linguistic gap and become proficient in Bangla .Texts and supplementary reading materials have been developed up to class 5 in Chakma language for MLE chakma project. The programme also plans to develop similar materials for other communities. EEC programme is also focusing on children’s co-curricular activities and organising programme on different television channels with the aim to conserve their languages and culture and celebrates special days for indigenous to promote their rights along with culture and heritage.
1,635 ethnic minority schools
40,175 ethnic minority students