Publication Date

2004

Abstract

This paper is an in-depth study that assessed the performance of para-professional teachers in rural Bangladesh, who participated in teacher training programs that were offered by the BRAC Training Division (BTD) in the Paba thana (sub-district) of the Rajshahi district in Bangladesh. BRAC, one of the largest and most influential non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Bangladesh, initiated the Non-Formal Primary Education (NFPE) Program in 1985, by setting up 22 one-room schools in order to provide basic education to the children of poor and landless families in rural areas. Because the teachers for these rural schools were recruited from the local communities, BRAC has considered the quality of its teacher training programs to be an important influence on the success or failure of these schools. The BTD is responsible for capacity building and professional development of BRAC staff and of the teachers recruited for the schools. This evaluation was conducted by observing classroom settings, conducting inter/surveys with the teachers, and by analyzing relevant literature. It is hoped that the results of this evaluation will help to encourage continued improvement in this important program.

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