How 20 Libraries in Bangladesh Became Vibrant Community Literacy Hubs

In Bangladesh, 45% of students in newly nationalized primary schools couldn’t read by the end of Grade 2. Enrollment in school is high, but due to overcrowding a large portion of primary students go to school in split shifts, spending at best 3 hours per day in class. In short, kids are in school but they're struggling to learn. Learning to read takes time and practice, and kids aren’t getting enough in school.

In 2015, IREX and Save the Children in Bangladesh began a partnership as a part of Beyond Access to help modernize community libraries into child-friendly spaces that would expand reading opportunities. The project included two evaluations. The findings of both reflect the valuable role libraries play in supporting community literacy and improving reading performance. This report explores what we learned and recommendations for community literacy programming.

Learn more about Beyond Access Bangladesh.