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World Bank provides $700m to improve Bangladesh’s primary education

  • Published at 02:50 pm June 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:50 pm June 16th, 2018
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Dhaka Tribune

The Quality Learning for All Program will benefit more than 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5

The World Bank has approved $700 million to improve Bangladesh’s primary education sector and help the country achieve its ‘education for all’ vision.

The Quality Learning for All Program (QLEAP) will benefit more than 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5, the global lender said in a statement on Thursday.

It will finance implementation of the government’s Fourth Primary Education Development Program (PEDP4).

The World Bank lauded Bangladesh’s “remarkable progress” in improving access to education.

“Today almost every child steps into a classroom and eight out of 10 children completes primary education,” Qimiao Fan, the World Bank country director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, was quoted as saying.

He said it was the fourth World Bank project supporting Bangladesh’s primary education program.

It will help improve quality and equitable access to primary education. The project will help assess and improve learning outcomes for Bangla and mathematics for Grade 3 students. The program will help expansion of one-year quality pre-primary education in all government schools.

It will bring about one million out-of-school children to learning centres that would follow the national primary education curriculum, and thus help them integrate with the formal education system, the World Bank said.

World Bank Team Leader for the project Syed Rashed Al Zayed said a major thrust of the project would be to improve the school management system and provide professional growth for teachers.

The project will also build about 95,000 classrooms, teachers’ rooms, and multipurpose rooms to ensure international standard students-to-classroom ratio.

It will also build 80,000 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) blocks and 15,000 safe water sources with special emphasis on facilities for girl students and female teachers. It will also provide recruitment and training to about 100,000 teachers.