BRAC, the Bangladesh Rural Advance Committee, the largest nongovernmental development organization in Bangladesh, has been providing informal primary education to the poorest people of Bangladesh (the landless) for 13 years through some 34,000 schools. Recently, in collaboration with the Rural Service Delivery Project (RSDP), BRAC introduced the Adolescent Family Life Education (AFLE) Program into 350 schools. The AFLE, aimed at reaching poor rural children aged 10-15, was incorporated into two, three-year-cycle pilot projects in BRAC’s Basic Education for Older Children Program, one of its informal primary education models. The AFLE curriculum was to be taught only in the third year of the pilot projects.
During the second three-year cycle, an assessment was conducted to provide a better understanding of how the AFLE Program evolved, how BRAC’s strategy of social action contributes to program effectiveness, how the program creates links to health service delivery, the strengths and weaknesses of the program, and how the program might be expanded or replicated.