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The AEDSB Washington Seminar Series


Teach for Bangladesh: Lessons from the Frontline PPT

Speaker: Maimuna Ahmad, CEO and Founder, Teach for Bangladesh

Moderator: Ahmad Ahsan, Lead Economist, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank

When: Thursday, October 02, 2014; 12.30 pm to 1:30 pm

Where: World Bank, Main Complex Room No: MC 8-100, 1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.

Visitors will first need to collect a pass from the Main Complex (MC) Building Visitor's Center on the corner of 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for this. If you need a pass to attend the seminar, please contact: Cecile Wodon (at: cwodon@worldbank.org or 202-473-2542) by 11 am, Thursday, October 2. .



In the last two decades, Bangladesh has made significant progress in the education of its children, according to Education for All and Millennium Development Goals. Net enrollment in primary school, for example, went up from 60 percent in 1990 to above 90 percent in 2008. Despite this progress, however, there are severe deficiencies in the quality of education that most children receive, as measured by national and international standards. Research shows that student performance correlates strongly with the socio-economic conditions of children and their families, including most prominently income and food security. Teach For Bangladesh (TFB) believes that unequal educational opportunities is a complex but solvable problem, and to aid those efforts it has launched a fellowship program to enlist the most promising young Bangladeshi graduates to work as full-time teachers for two years in under-resourced schools in Bangladesh. TFB hopes that alumni of the program and their students will become the next generation of Bangladeshi leaders in across a variety of sectors. Informed by their TFB experience, they will continue to work to expand education and life opportunities for all children in Bangladesh. In her presentation, Ms. Ahmad will share some early lessons from Teach For Bangladesh classrooms, including challenges faced by Fellows, the reactions from public and private sectors in Bangladesh, and what she believes it will take to ultimately eliminate educational inequity.

About the Speaker

Maimuna Ahmad is Bangladeshi-American social entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Teach For Bangladesh (TFB), a startup non-profit organization working to reduce educational disparity in Bangladesh. Maimuna holds a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a MA in Teaching from American University. She was inspired by her own experience as a mathematics teacher in a public high school in inner-city Washington D.C. through Teach For America. She set up TFB in 2012 with hopes of attracting highly sought-after university graduates to commit two years as full-time teachers in low-income schools in Bangladesh. With rigorous training and support, participants known as Fellows work to have a transformative impact on students, while building their own leadership skills and potential. It is hoped that this experience will propel Fellows into long-term leadership pathways across diverse sectors, through which they would be able to advocate for and enact meaningful systemic change in education in Bangladesh. Currently Teach For Bangladesh has 12 first-year Fellows working in six primary schools in Dhaka and planning to add another 40 Fellows and 15 schools next January. In recognition of her work, Maimuna was selected for the prestigious Ananya Shirsho Dosh award by Ananya magazine, naming her as one of ten exceptional women making an impact in Bangladesh, alongside the first female Speaker of Parliament and the first female Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. Ms. Ahmad’s alma mater Mount Holyoke College has also honored her with the Mary Lyon Award, bestowed upon young alumnae who demonstrate exceptional promise.