Leader of World’s Largest NGO Says Strong Foundation of Crucial Life Skills is Now Essential for Students to Flourish in a Modern World

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In a New Interview with CMRubinWorld, Donella Rapier of BRAC says Teaching Technical Skills Alone to the World’s Poor is Not Enough.

At a time when education systems in wealthy nations are redefining the competencies that matter in a new world, how is the quality of learning being updated and improved in poorer emerging markets? For the third year running, BRAC (the world’s largest NGO, founded in 1972) has been ranked the world’s number one NGO. Roughly 1.1 million students in 8 different countries get an education at a BRAC School. The CEO of BRAC, Donella Rapier, tells C. M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, in an exclusive new interview that students today need “a strong foundation of crucial life skills.” These skills are related to “social-emotional intelligence such as interpersonal communication, teamwork, and coordinating with others. In addition, today’s world demands skills in creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem solving.” Without these skills, Rapier believes students will not be capable of flourishing as the digital revolution advances, bringing more job automation and cyclical recession.

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Founded in 1972, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by Sir Fazle Hasan, BRAC, is the number one NGO. Their mission is to take a holistic approach to ending poverty with the use of everything from microfinance to education, healthcare to gender justice and empowerment, to give people the tools they need to take control of their own lives.

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