Ensuring the next generations of girls and boys receive quality primary education.


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Teaching in primary school

Our well-established primary schools give the children of the chars and coastal areas of Bangladesh the chance to enjoy their basic right to education. In addition to the national curriculum, we teach character building, awareness of rights, hygiene and the need for environmentally friendly practices.
Currently there are more than 4,800 students in 78 schools. Teachers are recruited from the community, trained by Friendship and encouraged to remain there to ensure the quality of education.

What we teach – the national curriculum

Our primary education follows the government curriculum to enable our students to sit the national examinations. This includes:




What we teach – our tailored curriculum

In addition to the national curriculum, our classes include specific topics that we deem indispensable.

Code of Ethics

We are keen that the children develop a good understanding of certain fundamental human values (or “Code of Ethics”). Every month we explore one theme such as Honesty, Empathy, Dignity and Commitment. Lessons are designed as interactive sessions in which pupils analyse real-life situations and share their own experiences.

Environment, Health and Hygiene

Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of essential health and hygiene issues, particularly personal and environmental cleanliness. Topics include using safe drinking water, bathing regularly, proper use of WCs, washing one’s hands, cutting nails, using garbage bins, cleaning the school and home environment.

What impact we have had

Improved school attendance

We track the attendance of each of our students to understand the cause in case of absence. This includes home visits to absent students and regular communication with parents. This has significantly reduced school dropout rates

Helping reduce child marriage

Child marriages, where girls are married off at a young age, are still common in remote communities in Bangladesh, above all in those without schools. Promoting the benefits of education has encouraged parents to ensure their daughters attend and remain in school instead.

Exceptional national exam results

100% of our students have passed the national Primary Education Completion (PEC) examination over the last few years. In 2015, 100% of our students achieved A+, A and A- grades (compared to 93% in the previous year), well above the national average. 40 students were awarded government scholarships in 2015.

Spreading knowledge of human rights

We ensure our students are aware of their basic human rights and obligations from a young age. They are also able to impart this knowledge to other family members, as children share at home what they have learned in school.

Improving community hygiene

We educate our students on basic hygiene matters and encourage them to share these good practices within their families, thus forging healthier communities step by step.

Education in Emergency

We have trained 350 teachers and members of School Management Committees on how to react in emergency situations so that children can get back to school as quickly as possible.

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