This monograph, in the CREATE Pathways to Access series, is about the modality of cooperation and programme management in primary education in Bangladesh, based specifically on the experience of the Second Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP II). It is not intended to be an assessment of PEDP II accomplishments, but key information and a brief discussion about progress in the substantive programme objectives in primary education development in Bangladesh have been presented in order to understand how the modality of cooperation and management has worked.
Having examined the characteristics of the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) as it has been applied in PEDP II and how it has helped or hindered achievement of the programme goals, the on-going discourse on the appropriate scope and features of the next phase of primary education development is reviewed. This is particularly relevant as PEDP II winds up and a new programme for primary education development from mid-2011 begins to be designed. Conclusions are drawn on the basis of CREATE research activities which have illuminated the issues and concerns that have surfaced in implementing PEDP II. Recommendations are made about the modality of cooperation and management that would be congruent with and supportive of future strategies and key actions to advance universal primary education with equity and quality.
Manzoor Ahmed. The Sector-wide Approach in Bangladesh Primary Education: A Critical View. In: CREATE Pathways to Access Series, Research Monograph Number 13. (2011) 1-51. ISBN 0-901881-64-3