“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 Chair Emeritus

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 more than 12 million graduates around the world, BRAC has built the largest private, secular education system in the world, ensuring disadvantaged students left out of formal education systems have a second chance at learning and a second chance at realizing their full potential.

Our Approach

Early Childhood Development


Early childhood is the foundation of a child’s future health, growth, and development. Experiences during these early years shape brain architecture and have a direct impact on social, emotional, and learning skills throughout a child’s life. BRAC’s early childhood programs reach children in the poorest communities with high-quality, play-based learning opportunities for children across Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Primary Education


BRAC primary schools are designed to meet the needs and circumstances of each community they serve. The innovative low-cost, high-quality model establishes one room schools and trains female teachers drawn from local communities 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.

Secondary and Tertiary Education


Through scholarships, BRAC has supported more than 2,000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunities to reach secondary or tertiary education. Many students go on to work in international development and become leaders in their communities. BRAC also established its own university in Bangladesh, BRAC Universit, which provides undergraduate and graduate programs to over 10,000 students from over 20 countries. The University was established in 2001 and contains eight centers, schools, and institutes, such as the James P. Grant School of Public Health, the Institute of Governance and Development, the BRAC Business School, the Center for Climate Change and Environmental Research, and the Institute of Education Development. BRAC University provides scholarships to approximately 10 percent of its students to ensure that the most talented students are offered an opportunity for a higher education. All students spend a semester outside of Dhaka at the Savar campus, where they learn to live on their own and develop a larger understanding and commitment to social responsibility. BRAC University follows the liberal arts approach to education that nurtures fresh ideas and meets the demands of contemporary times.

Vocational and Skills Training


The countries where BRAC works are among the youngest in the world, and they face uncertain futures. For young people ready to pursue a career, particularly the most vulnerable, BRAC’s skills development programs prepare them for decent employment, either working with reputable companies, serving as apprentices or generating stable income through self-employment. These initiatives identify high-growth, high-demand sectors and ensure quality skills and vocational training to prepare youth with trade-specific hard and soft skills.

Program Highlights

Learning Through Play for Children Affected by Crisis

Learning Through Play for Children Affected by Crisis

The LEGO Foundation has awarded $100 million to Sesame Workshop, BRAC, and the International Rescue Committee to bring the power of learning through play to children affected by the Rohingya and Syrian Refugee crises. The partnership will reach thousands of displaced children with play-based early learning opportunities by scaling up BRAC’s network of Humanitarian Play Labs In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, incorporating Sesame Street’s world-class multimedia learning content, and bringing learnings from BRAC’s groundbreaking Humanitarian Play Lab model to inform the work of Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee in the Syrian response region. Learn more about the partnership.
Students Become Leaders in Uganda

Students Become Leaders in Uganda

“Never should one always be on the receiving end. One should also give.” That’s what one alumnus of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program in Uganda believes. Through the program, secondary students access scholarships, academic support, mentorship, and life skills training, encouraging their growth into leaders who will transform their lives and their communities. Kyomuhendo Bruhan shares how the program impacted him and why he wants to give back. Read his blog.
BRAC Founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Awarded Yidan Prize for Education Development

BRAC Founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Awarded Yidan Prize for Education Development

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was in 2019 awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development, the world’s largest international prize for education, in recognition of his groundbreaking work to bring quality education to the most disadvantaged learners. In particular, the Prize honors his work to bring playful early learning opportunities to children in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Uganda through the Play Lab model. Discover how the prize will help more children access education.

Our Impact

A Different Type of School

Take an inside look at a BRAC primary school in Bangladesh.