Accessible, good quality
education is crucial in fighting poverty effectively. It reduces the
risk of social exclusion, enables people to develop, earn an income,
gain control over their lives and take part in society. Good
education promotes social and economic development in a country. For
this reason, education is at the centre of Dutch development
The Netherlands supports
developing countries that develop and implement, preferably
sector-wide, education plans. We co-operate with other countries,
international organisations and civil society organisations in the
Netherlands and abroad. The common goal is to ensure that by 2015,
children everywhere, boys and girls alike, are able to attend and
complete their schooling, and to eliminate gender disparities in
primary and secondary education.
The Dutch education budget is growing. As from 2007, 15% of the
total development budget will be spent on basic education in
developing countries. The money will mainly be spent on improving
access to and the quality of basic education, on promoting literacy
and on basic vocational training.
In Bangladesh, the Netherlands supports formal and non-formal basic
education programmes. The budget for education in 2007 will be 28
The Netherlands supports the Government of Bangladesh second
Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP II, 2004-2009): a
comprehensive programme of support for formal primary education. The
programme focuses on (i) organizational development and capacity
building, (ii) quality improvements in schools and classrooms, (iii)
infrastructure development, and (iv) equitable access. A consortium
of 11 development partners supports this programme. The Netherlands
contribution to this programme is 45 million. The programme
effectively started in July 2004. A Mid Term Review is scheduled for
October 2007. This will be a major stocktaking exercise for the
In non formal education, The Netherlands supports various
activities. The biggest share of the Dutch contribution to non
formal education goes to the BRAC Education Programme (BEP).
Apart from one classroom primary education, BRACs Education
Programme also covers pre-primary education, which prepares young
children for the primary education system. This is an area where the
Government and the NGOs co-operate. The programme furthermore
includes an adolescent development programme focussing on life
skills for adolescents. The BRAC Education Programme started in July
2004 and will continue until June 2009. A consortium of 5
development partners supports the programme. The Netherlands
currently holds the chair of the consortium. The Netherlands
contribution to this programme is currently 50 million.
The Netherlands furthermore supports the Campaign for Popular
Education (CAMPE), a coalition of more than 450 education NGOs.
CAMPE promotes Education for All through advocacy, social
mobilization, and by enabling NGOs to deliver their non formal
education programmes. CAMPE works with the Government, civil society
and member NGOs. The Netherlands Embassy, together with Swiss
Development Cooperation and Oxfam Netherlands, supports CAMPEs
Quality Education for All Programme (2007-2012). The Dutch
contribution to this programme is 2.290.000.
The Netherlands also supports the Institute for Educational
Development of BRAC University. Dutch support to BU-IED involves
an amount of 580.000 for an initial period of two years.
support enables BU-IED to carry out its core activities in the field
of primary and secondary education, with a focus on improving
learning outcomes, teacher development and
education research. The programme is co-funded by The Royal
Norwegian Embassy and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
The Netherlands education programme also provides support to the ILO
project to the Time Bound Programme for prevention and
elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in the urban
informal economy of Dhaka. This programme withdraws children from
hazardous working conditions and provides their guardians with
viable alternatives. Major project strategies are social protection
of the children and their guardians, monitoring, verification and
tracking of this group of children, advocacy and awareness on WFCL,
and capacity building of beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders.
Non-formal education and skills training are key activities of the
project. The Dutch contribution to the five year programme
(2007-2011) is 8.3 million.
The Netherlands is an active member of the Education Local
Consultative Group (ELCG), a forum of development partners in
the area of education in Bangladesh. The ELCG serves as a platform
for exchange of information and policy dialogue.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is also the focal
point in Bangladesh for the Netherlands Fellowships Programme (NFP).
Mid-career professionals who are interested in further training can
apply for fellowships for a large variety of courses in the
Netherlands. The NFP focuses on meeting the need for further
training in the short term, and on capacity building in a wide range
of government, private and non-governmental organisations.
The Education and Development Division of the Netherlands Ministry
of Foreign Affairs supports a programme for South-South co-operation
in higher education (called SII), which is also open to
international/regional organisations based in Bangladesh. More
information on this programme can be found on