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Peaceful coexistence : the role of religious schools and NGOs in the growth of female secondary schooling in Bangladesh (English)

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), a non-governmental organization (NGO), runs a large number of non-formal primary schools in Bangladesh which target out-of-school children from poor families. These schools are well-known for their effectiveness in closing gender gap in primary school enrolment. On the other hand, registered non-government secondary madrasas (or Islamic schools) today enroll one girl against every boy student. In this paper, the authors document a positive spillover effect of BRAC schools on female secondary enrolment in registered madrasas. Drawing upon school enrolment data aggregated at the region level, the authors first show that regions that had more registered madrasas experienced greater secondary female enrolment growth during 1999-2003, holding the number of secular secondary schools constant. In this context, the authors test the impact of BRAC-run primary schools on female enrolment in registered madrasas. The authors deal with the potential endogeneity of placement of BRAC schools using instrumental variable approach. Controlling for factors such as local-level poverty, road access, and distance from major cities, regions with a greater presence of BRAC schools have higher female enrolment growth in secondary madrasas. The effect is much bigger when compared to that on secondary schools.

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  • Author

    Asadullah,M Niaz, Chaudhury,Nazmul

  • Document Date

    2013/02/04

  • Document Type

    Journal Article

  • Report Number

    79394

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Bangladesh,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2018/07/01

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Peaceful coexistence? : the role of religious schools and NGOs in the growth of female secondary schooling in Bangladesh

  • Keywords

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Asadullah,M Niaz Chaudhury,Nazmul

Peaceful coexistence : the role of religious schools and NGOs in the growth of female secondary schooling in Bangladesh (English). Author accepted manuscript Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/115871528787140781/Peaceful-coexistence-the-role-of-religious-schools-and-NGOs-in-the-growth-of-female-secondary-schooling-in-Bangladesh