The 4th SDG “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”.
Commission on Higher Education – Philippines
This project aims at making primary education accessible to the most marginalized communities spread out across remote rural areas, who were left out of the formal education system, because of poverty and discrimination with emphasis on quality, inclusivity and equity. The educational services are provided through BRAC approach which integrates academic standards of curriculum and co-curricular activities. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging girls to pursue education.
BRAC developed its own learning materials that are simpler and more reader friendly than the government textbooks. The environment is conducive to learning. Learning has become fun. Students acquire transferable skills such as critical thinking, creativity, comprehension and reflexion. They also learn about values, their rights and responsibilities, about basic financial education intended to empower them. Teachers are trained and well equipped to ensure high quality primary education, supportive supervision, and ensures students attendance and prevention of drop out. Parents meet every month to discuss their children progress. Monitoring is monthly undertaken to track all the changes. Good relationship with the communities facilitates their engagement and their full support. This holistic support system ensures that efficient and effective service is delivered. The program is delivering quality, inclusive, as well as affordable education to the most marginalized children. Female teachers operate for 4 years with the same cohort (30-33 children) and they come from the same community. There is no homework, no additional tutoring. Co-curricular activities (songs, rhymes, storytelling, drawing, games, etc.) are incorporated, to « flourish the social, emotional, language and communication skills of the children». School Management Committees ensure that the school is developing well in all domains. This holistic quality control for children from school room to their home guarantees the surrounding environment and plays a role in ensuring quality. The most significant impact of the project is the way it has changed the outlook towards life for many students; and the people have experienced real-life changes which were un-imaginable for earlier generations. The project is strongly effective in accomplishing a lot of targets of SDG 4.