Ready to Start School, Learn and Work: Evidence from three education programmes for out-of-school children and adolescents in Bangladesh

Marco Valenza
Cirenia Chávez
Annika Rigole
Taniya Laizu Sumy
Mohammad Mohsin
Iqbal Hossain
UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti
Publication Year:
June 24, 2021
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Brighter futures in Bangladesh with access to quality education

In the Sylhet region in north-eastern Bangladesh, less than 1 in 3 children complete secondary school. Our new report analyzes the success of UNICEF Bangladesh's Let Us Learn programme and how it can be scaled up to improve access to education for children in remote areas.

Evidence from three education programmes for out-of-school children and adolescents in Bangladesh


Children in the Sylhet division, in the Northeast of Bangladesh, face complex challenges in accessing quality education, at all school levels. The region ranks among the poorest performers in learning attainment across education levels. UNICEF Bangladesh and its partners have leveraged resources from the Let Us Learn (LUL) initiative to deliver three alternative learning pathways for out-of-school children and adolescents in remote areas of Sylhet. The three pathways cover key transition points in a child’s education: Getting ready to start school (Pre-Primary Education programme), learning foundational skills (A​bility-B​ased Accelerated Learning programme) and entering the job market (Alternative Learning Pathway programme). This report presents evidence on the achievements of the three programmes, highlighting key policy recommendations. The findings draw on analysis of programme monitoring data, qualitative case studies, focus group discussions and interviews. This paper is one of a series of research reports presenting emerging evidence on programmes supported by the LUL initiative, which aims to expand quality learning opportunities for disadvantaged children in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Madagascar and Nepal.


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