Pre-Primary and Primary Education

“A lot of countries think you need to be economically strong to invest in education. I think they ought to invest in education to become economically strong.”

-Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC Founder and Chairperson

BRAC  works to ensure that violence, discrimination, displacement and extreme poverty do not stand in the way of any child from receiving an education.


With education programs in six countries and more than 900,000 students enrolled worldwide  in our primary schools, BRAC has built the largest secular, private education system in the world. These schools give disadvantaged students left out of formal education systems a second chance at learning and a second chance at realizing their full potential.

Our Approach



BRAC schools work because they are designed to meet the needs and circumstances of each community they serve.  BRAC’s low-cost, high-impact innovation model establishes one-room, one-teacher schools in hard-to-reach communities so children don’t need to walk miles to class each day.



Experienced female teachers drawn from local communities are trained to use a child-centered approach that promotes critical thinking. BRAC provides free and flexible schooling that allows students to help out with household duties and other commitments that would have forced them to drop out of traditional schools.

Tools for Success


At the pre-primary (ages 5-6) and primary (ages 7-10) levels, BRAC prepares children to enter into government schools and teaches a complementary curriculum that provides the academic foundation, and crucial emotional and physical development required for success. Testament to this model, in the last four years in Bangladesh, BRAC has enrolled over one million children in pre-primary schools, and transitioned 99% of graduates to government schools.

Program Highlights

Floating schools in Bangladesh and the Phillippines

Floating schools in Bangladesh and the Phillippines

If children cannot go to school, the school should go to them. Driven by this cause, BRAC brings primary education to children in seasonally submerged areas through boat schools, which pick up teachers and students from the nearest settlement and drops them off at home after classes. Read More
Education programs reach the most remote areas of Uganda

Education programs reach the most remote areas of Uganda

In Karamoja, a remote sub-region of northern Uganda, BRAC is operating an early childhood development program to reach children ages 5-6 without access to an education. Teachers are trained through BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents program, which also operates in the region. BRAC is one of the few NGO’s who has been able to penetrate this area given the resurgence of violence and conflict following the civil war. Watch More
BRAC and LEGO Foundation collaborate on play-based learning

BRAC and LEGO Foundation collaborate on play-based learning

BRAC and the LEGO Foundation recently announced a $4.7 million, three-year partnership to promote the importance of learning through play for early childhood education in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Uganda. A research component will be headed by BRAC University’s Institute for Educational Development to study how play-based learning improves education outcomes. Learn More

Our Impact

A Different Type of School

Take an inside look at a BRAC primary school in Bangladesh where teachers provide opportunities for critical thinking, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

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