Bureau of Non-Formal Education
232/1, Tejgaon Industrial Area
Phone : +88 02 9887895
Fax : +88 02 9863077
Welcome To BNFE Website
Bangladesh, in full The People's Republic of Bangladesh. It is situated to the eastern side of the Indian Subcontinent, flanked by India in The West, North and North-East and Myanmar to the South-East and Nepal slightly removed to the North. It is situated between 20 0 34' and 26 0 38' North Latitude and 88 0 01' and 92 0 41' East Longitude. It has an area of 147,570 Sq. Km. and a population of nearly 150 million. It has a population density of 1015 persons per Sq. Km., which is the highest in world.
Bangladesh is a tropical country. Threaded by rivers, dotted with paddy fields and covered by green vegetation, Bangladesh is famous for its natural beauty. Due to the monsoon rainfall and the silt carried by the three great rivers, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna, the soil of Bangladesh is also very fertile.
Bangladesh has a history of Mongoloid, Austro-Mongoloid and Austro Dravidian settlers. The People of the country have come to know as Bengalese. There are also minority tribal communities such as the Santhal, Chakma, Marma, Kol, Vil, Munda, Monipuri, Garo and Khasia.
Bangladesh runs of the non-formal education administration. Development of non-formal education poses a daunting challenge because of inaccessibility and resource constraint. Despite these constraints Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in the field of adult literacy. The adult literacy rate (15 years and above) is now estimated about 60%. The rate was 35% in 1991. It has taken decades to arrive at this level of literacy. In 1971, independent Bangladesh inherited an outdated education system developed by our previous rulers to suit their own socio-economic and political needs. The leaders of our newly independent country were burdened with the enormous and difficult responsibility of educating the people of the war-torn, devastated, and poor nation. But the nation, with its inspired freedom-movement, was pledged to discharge the responsibility. We are committed to "Ensure 100% literacy by 2014". Now, we hope that we will get illiteracy free Bangladesh very soon.