8 lakh out-of-school children enrolled in Ananda Schools
Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: Apr 18, 2012 12:33 pm
Reported in: Education
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) - About 8 lakh out-of-school children are now continuing education in 23,600 Ananda Schools across the country under the Reaching Out of School Children (ROSC) project.The ROSC project provides second chance education to primary school dropouts and those never enrolled due to poverty, said a World Bank press release on Wednesday.It said 73 percent of the Ananda School students passed the Grade-5 terminal examinations in 2011.The government of Bangladesh is implementing the ROSC project with support from the World Bank in 90 upazilas with high poverty and low enrolment rates to improve access, quality and efficiency in primary education for disadvantaged children.With more than half of them are girls, these are the children who had missed out schooling at the right age or had been forced to drop out, mainly because of poverty, said the release. It said the project helps the children complete primary education, appear and pass the Grade-5 terminal examinations and move on to secondary education. The project also attempts to empower disadvantaged rural communities to establish, own and manage their own Ananda Schools with support from the government and the local education NGOs. Ananda Schools blend formal education with non-formal mode of provision with support from NGOs, earning Bangladesh international acclaim for its excellence.In view of the success of ROSC in bringing disadvantaged children back to school, the government of Bangladesh has requested the World Bank to support the second phase of the project, the release added. The follow-on project will scale up coverage and include new disadvantaged upazilas in addition to the existing ones where Ananda Schools run.The release further said the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education organised an initial consultation workshop with various stakeholders, formed a project preparation team and initiated preliminary activities for the second phase of ROSC.
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