ADB Helps Fund Primary Education Improvement in Bangladesh

Boys listen attentively during a class in Bangladesh. The Asian Development Bank will lend $320 to the country to improve its primary education system. Photo by: uncultured / CC BY-NC-SA

The Asian Development Bank is lending $320 million to the Bangladeshi government for the latter’s efforts to improve the quality and reach of the country’s primary education system.

The Third Primary Education Development Project in Bangladesh aims to bring about a more effective, relevant and child-friendly learning environment through improving textbooks and curricula and creating a teacher development plan and a class assessment system. It also seeks to address access and participation gaps by targeting disadvantaged groups such as tribal children, ethnic minorities and children living with disabilities.

The ADB loan forms part of a broader multidonor commitment of $1.05 billion toward the $8.3 billion initiative, according to a news release from ADB. Other funding partners include the Australian Agency for International Development, Canadian International Development Agency, European Union, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, U.K. Department for International Development, UNICEF and World Bank.

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