Programme 2:
Primary education

NETZ provides the most disadvantaged children with a perspective

At 296 primary schools, NETZ and its partner organisations were active in 2012: in remote, poverty prone areas in northern Bangladesh.

23,371 students got access to quality primary education and learned the basic skills for a brighter future.

More than half of the children in Bangladesh do not complete their education at primary school. Over 3 Million children between the age of 6 and 10 do not attend school. The poorer the family, the more important become the reasons why children do not continue or even start their education at school. Furthermore, the quality of the education in public schools is often so poor, that children hardly learn anything.

Children living in areas that are hard to reach, such as the islands on major rivers in the North of the country, and indigenous children whose mother tongue is not used in the state-run primary schools, have hardly any educational opportunities. NETZ ensures their fundamental right to education through the establishment of 220 basic non-formal primary schools and by professional supervision and guidance to teachers.

Furthermore, NETZ supports 10 community schools. The schools provide child centred learning for pre-school class to grade 5. The quality of education and the efficiency of teaching are ensured through intensive training and coaching of the teachers. Every year, 300 new students are enrolled. Doctors visit all schools twice a year for medical check-ups and treatment.

“Education Support Organisers” have provided specific assistance to particularly disadvantaged children at 66 formal primary schools. The project provides training for teachers to increase their capacity to conduct classes more effectively. Parents committees and school committees have been established and strengthened, so they can demand further improvements in the quality of education from the responsible authorities.

Additionally, 30 pre-school classes were established at formal schools and teachers were trained in early childhood education.

Successful completion of primary school exams in 2012

13,030 girls and boys from NETZ-supported schools took in November 2012 the official final examination for primary schools with a  rate of 99.7%. At the 10 community-run primary schools 100% the students passed. 84.4% were awarded the grade “good” or even “excellent”. Given the difficult general conditions in the programme area, these results are a great success.

Successful completion of primary school – what comes next?

In 2012, NETZ and its partners prepared and supported 6,747 children for the transition to secondary schools. Education experts consider this activity as especially effective and innovative. Due to this effort, many secondary schools give waiver for their enrolment fees.


  • The number of qualified teachers is very low in remote areas. Therefore, regular trainings, which qualify teachers for dealing with the special educational needs of disabled children, are a key focus.
  • With the transition to a secondary school, new challenges arise: a long way to school, overcrowded classes and the lack of school meals are major barriers for children from ultra poor families.
  • Four out of five children, enrolled at NETZ-supported schools, took part in the public final examinations for primary schools. Main reasons for school dropouts were: migration of families, which led to changing the school as well as the poverty of the parents. In some cases, early marriages were the reason for dropouts. Dropouts and early marriages need to be prevented more efficiently in future. Therefore, our partner organisations are in close contact with the parents of the newly enrolled children.

WeltKlasse! Partnership with schools in Bangladesh

In 2012, 76 non-formal primary schools and 7 community schools in Bangladesh received support through partners in Germany and Austria: parishes, schools, associations, companies and individuals. The NETZ programme “WeltKlasse!” facilitates this school partnership with schools in Bangladesh and mutual learning processes. Young people doing a voluntary service with NETZ in Bangladesh report from these schools at events.

At a glance: Education programme in 2012Who benefits?
296 schools provided improved quality education.23,371 students
Learning materials and 2 health camps per school funded for 220 basic non-formal schools per year.6,320 girls and boys
Learning materials, 2 health camps per year and intensive teacher training funded for 10 community-run primary schools.1,546 students
Improved quality of teaching and special support for the poorest children in 66 formal primary schools.14,755 girls and boys
33 pre-schools independently managed by women's self-help organisations.912 pre-school age children
Training of teachers250 teachers

Prospect for 2013

  • 40 new non-formal primary schools will enrol 1,200 students in class 1.
  • 23 new community-run primary schools will be established.
  • 34 additional formal primary schools will provide specific support to particularly disadvantaged children.
  • 70 new pre-schools will be established.
  • Child-centred teaching methods will be continued at the existing schools.

Learn more about Programme 3: Human rights

The education projects of NETZ are perfectly tailored to the local situation, just as we from Weitblick imagine it. To support such projects and the connection to development education are very motivating for our charity work as students!


Anastasia Rau

Programme Officer
Phone: 0(049) 64 41 - 9 74 63-20