Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Program Spotlight

BRAC Primary Schools

BRAC primary schools began in 1985 in response to a perceived need for quality, non-formal education to enroll disadvantaged and out-of-school children in Bangladesh, particularly girls. The BRAC primary school program therefore began with 22 one-room schools providing three years of schooling up until Grade III, after which students were transferred to state schools. As the program progressed however, parents became increasingly comfortable with the BRAC system and expressed interest in BRAC providing an entire primary school education model.

Background on Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

The World Bank estimates that more than 1 billion people live in states affected by fragility and conflict. Children in these states face a number of unique challenges hindering their ability to learn, such as violence, trauma, or a lack of access to safe spaces. In response, many organizations are implementing programs targeted to those beset by conflict and uncertainty.

Reflective of the growing importance of education innovations in fragile and conflict- affected states, the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has identified and profiled more than 50 programs around the world that have implemented creative solutions to support educational development in fragile and conflict- affected states.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from eight common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Girls marginalized or threatened by conflict
2) Bolstering the teacher workforce through training and technical support
3) Building - or rebuilding - basic educational infrastructure
4) A comprehensive approach emphasizing students’ psychosocial and mental health
5) Vocational training to boost employability
6) Establishing community ownership of education
7) Focus on peace building and civic education for post-conflict society
8) Accelerated learning programs supporting the transition to formal education


Children in living in fragile and conflict-affected states face a number of unique challenges, including violence, trauma, or a lack of access to safe spaces that hinder their ability to learn. 

Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Programs in the CEI Database

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