BRAC founder and Chair Emeritus Sir Fazle Hasan Abed won the prestigious Yidan Prize on September 19, 2019 for his work on educational development. The Yidan Prize fund of USD 3.9 million is being used to innovate further high impact and scalable ECD solutions by leveraging the existing knowledge and expertise in Early Childhood Development and early learning in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania
BRAC IED received a grant of USD 8,00,000 from UNHCR in 2020 and another grant of the same amount in 2021 for its project Multi-sectoral emergency assistance for Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The project is working towards increasing Rohingya refugees’ access to mental health and psychosocial support services through adopting an integrated and community-based approach.
In 2020, BRAC IED won the Real Play City Challenge in the placemaking category based on its proposal of offering play based learning opportunities to children living in the urban informal settlements by creating low-cost communal playgrounds. The proposal won BRAC IED 12,000 Euros. Real Play City Challenge is a global competition and a partnership between the Real Play Coalition (Ingka Group [IKEA], The LEGO Foundation, National Geographic, UNICEF & Arup) and PlacemakingX.
In 2021, BRAC IED received a grant of 315000 Euros from Porticus for its model development project. The goal of this grant is to leverage on the experience of running Pashe Achhi (a telecommunication model featuring 20 minutes weekly calls with caregiver-child child dyads) during 2020 to develop an effective, low-tech, low-cost, remote learning model with an aim to promote the well-being and developmental outcomes of children through play-based learning, increase parental involvement in and knowledge of child development, especially targeting the vulnerable population.
A grant of USD 600,000 was awarded to BRAC IED for their innovative telecommunication model named Pashe Acchi. BRAC IED will use this fund to further develop the project with integrated Vroom 1 to reach a greater number of beneficiaries from vulnerable backgrounds.
BRAC IED received a grant of USD 4 million for a duration of 4 years (2019-2023) from the LEGO Foundation for the project- Play Accelerator. The aim of this project is to promote Learning through Play in primary level education by building teachers’ capacity in Play based pedagogies. Currently, BRAC IED is working with 400 government primary schools and through continuous advocacy works with the Government- aims to increase this reach further.