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Assessing the Madrasah Education System
Bangladesh
September 2003 – January 2004

East Asia MapUSAID/Bangladesh appealed to BEPSS to conduct three studies that would provide guidance to the development of a strategy for donor assistance in the education sector. Along with an assessment on the use of time in schools and on early childhood education, USAID/Bangladesh solicited an assessment on madrasah education.

Madrasah’s in Bangladesh frequently provide an educational option for a significant portion of Bangladesh’s rural population and offer a government-approved, tempered religious and practical education to those whom the secular education system does not reach. This study assessed the pre-primary and primary levels of Bangladesh’s madrasah education system and brought to light the areas of convergence and divergence of the madrasah education system with the mainstream education system. It will also provide an analysis of incentives and resources needed to make madrasah education more relevant to Bangladesh’s economic and social development priorities. The results of this assessment identify potential entry pointsfor basic education assistance to children and teachers of Qu’ranic school, given USAID’s expected resources, comparative advantages and legal restrictions relative to work with faith-based organizations.

Taken along with the other two studies, the assessment provides information and analysis needed by USAID to identify effective strategies, activities and entry points for education assistance in Bangladesh.

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