This case study on promising practices in Education for All (EFA) in Bangladesh was commissioned by UNESCO Bangkok with support from the Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) as one of five country case studies from the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific region is full of successful and innovative initiatives that have helped governments accelerate EFA progress at the country level. Governments in the region and beyond can learn from these experiences. It is in this context UNESCO Bangkok has embarked on the documentation of such practices. Among the policy and strategy steps in Bangladesh that have contributed to positive changes in terms of intensifying the EFA effort, two are highlighted in this study. These two initiatives, incorporated into the national Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP II and III), are: the pre-primary education (PPE) initiative, which prepares children, including those from disadvantaged home environments, for formal school, and the School Learning Improvement Plan (SLIP) programme, which engages school management committees (SMCs), teachers and parents in improving school operations. This case study involved an in-depth examination of the PPE and SLIP initiatives, involving review of documents, visits to pre-schools, interviews and focus groups and analysis of the findings.
Type: Case Study