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ERIC Number: EJ929986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Community Learning Circles: Promoting Positive Development for Early Primary Children in Bangladesh
Hyson, Marilou; Hossain, Kamal; Chowdhury, Didarul Anam
Young Children, v65 n6 p12-16, 18-19 Nov 2010
One of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh has faced many challenges during its almost 40-year history as an independent nation. Yet the country has recently made substantial progress in improving young children's survival and protection. It now provides health care, nutrition, immunization, and education services, including expanded access to primary education. The government's "Comprehensive Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Policy Framework" aims to promote better outcomes for children birth to age 8, as defined in Bangladesh's new Early Learning and Development Standards. These policy initiatives, however, have not substantially improved the lives of children in villages. Most Bangladeshi children did not attend preschool or kindergarten--few such programs exist, and certainly not in poor communities. There is no simple solution to Bangladesh's primary education crisis. However, in 2005 Save the Children began implementing an innovative way to fill some of the gaps--Community Learning Circles (CLCs). In developing its comprehensive program Early Learning for School Success (SUCCEED), funded by USAID (United States Agency for International Development), Save the Children aimed to reduce the learning and developmental risks for young children in Bangladesh. As one part of its approach, SUCCEED created informal, village-based after-school programs. The CLC goal was to use 6- to 8-year-olds' valuable out-of-school time in joyful and challenging ways, involving them in interactive learning games and other activities to develop their cognitive, language, and social skills. This article provides an overview of CLCs; discusses the benefits of after-school programs and the impact of CLCs on children, parents, and teachers; and shares the lessons learned from SUCCEED and CLCs to help others who want to use community-based after-school programs to improve outcomes for children at risk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh; United States