Three Bangladeshi schools, all run by Brac, have been selected among 100 schools from across the globe to showcase their best practices and promote a higher and better standard of education during the ongoing World Education Week.
The selected schools will each host a one-hour session from 5-9 October, to be streamed live around the world.
T4, a global forum dedicated to teachers' development, is hosting the virtual programme.
On the inaugural day (yesterday), Brac held a session titled "Making schools more resilient to climate change" on Vati Jamalgor BRAC Primary Boat School—a boat-school that became the classroom for the children of low lying haor area of Tahirpur in Sunamganj.
A boat school showcases the idea of taking education to those who cannot go to schools and risk dropping out. A total of 600 such boat schools are currently being operated in 16 low-lying districts across the country. Teachers of all these schools are local females who teach 30 students in each class.
State minister for primary and mass education Zakir Hossain inaugurated yesterday's showcasing event. Mahbuba Nasrin, professor and director of University of Dhaka's Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, and Dr Safiqul Islam, director of Brac Education Programme, joined the event moderated by Brac director Nobonita Chowdhury.
Speakers at the session emphasised on how the boat school students adapt to their environmental constraints to complete their five-year primary education within four years, all without compromising any content, competency, or quality.
They also explained how the idea of boat schools can assist the spread of education in a world affected by climate change.
Kandapara Poshchim Brac Primary School and Sauderosri Brac Primary School are the two other Brac schools which have been selected for the programme.