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THE CHALLENGE

In Bangladesh – and around the world – children are not in control over their destinies. Their opportunity to succeed personally, academically and professionally is limited by the socio-economic condition of their families. Nearly 60 million children in Bangladesh are denied high-quality education as a result of an inequitable system.

Muna is a nine-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a doctor. The current reality is that she is far more likely to drop out of school and get married before she turns 18.

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Bangladesh spends around 2%of our GDP on education - the second lowest level of spending in South Asia, and lower than most countries at similar levels of development.

1. Centre for Policy Dialogue (2016). Budget for Education in Bangladesh: An Analysis of Trends, Gaps and Priorities.
2. World Bank (2016). Bangladesh: Ensuring Education for All Bangladeshis.

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More than 40%of government primary school teachers have a secondary or higher-secondary school degree, and no university degree.

Ministry of Primary and Mass Education of Government of Bangladesh (2015). Annual Primary School Census 2015.

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The average student to teacher ratio in government primary schools is 1:50. Some schools in Dhaka can have up to 120students in one classroom.

1. Directorate of Primary Education Government of Bangladesh (2014). Annual Sector Performance Report 2013.
2. Teach For Bangladesh (2016). Fellow Survey Data.