Bangladesh has made rapid progress toward many of the Education for All (EFA) goals. Enrollment rates have increased along with transition rates from primary to secondary school. Bangladesh’s achievements have been underpinned by political leadership, and by innovative partnerships between government, donors, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Despite the impressive gains that have been registered, Bangladesh continues to face acute challenges. Dropout rates remain high and are declining at a very slow pace. Too few children progress into secondary education- and gender disparities widen progressively at the senior secondary level. Furthermore, learning achievement levels are very low.
The Learning for All Ministerial meeting focused on a set of interventions would be carried out through partnerships between the government and NGOs, building on current practices. The targets in these proposals aim at:
- Delivering pre–primary education for an additional 1 million children in the most disadvantaged urban and rural areas, with an emphasis on weakening the link between household poverty and parental illiteracy on the one side, and underachievement in equity on the other.
- Expanding and improving provision for 450,000 children in currently underserved urban slums.
- Facilitating a transition from employment to education for 500,000 child laborers.
- Introducing a child-marriage-free zone initiative to 2,500 communities across Bangladesh, target- ing districts with high levels of early marriage.
- Extending and improving education provision and quality for 300,000 socially and geographically marginalized children, particularly from indigenous ethnic communities and in char and haor areas.