Heroes behind the Scene: Ms. Ayesha Rahman
Ms. Rahman is one of the many essential pillars of the JAAGO schooling program. She is the senior education coordinator of the JAAGO School in Banani. A highly qualified professional, Ms. Rahman holds a prestigious Master’s degree in Human Resource alongside a six years teaching experience. Ms. Rahman treasures the time she spends with her students at JAAGO. She feels she can reach her true professional and humanitarian potential with her work at the school. In her words, the children give her a sense of mental peace which to her is the best work satisfaction in the world. It is only because of JAAGO members like her that our initiatives have come where they are today.
JAAGO students strikes 100% again
The second batch of 22 JAAGO students sitting for the PSC Examinations has lived up to the reputation of their seniors. They have achieved 100% passing rate in the examinations with flying colors and done JAAGO proud once again
Badminton Tournament: Game on point
Bangladesh always had a long standing love story with Badminton. Lanes can be seen adorned with badminton nets during the month of winter. Badminton is every Bengali’s favorite past time when the temperature drops. This year even after winter bid its farewell Badminton season decided to stay back a bit longer at JAAGO. A week long practice session was followed by the actual tournament where four semifinalist teams participated. The adrenaline ran high amongst the participants and the audience where always kept at the edge of their seats! A hearty round of applause to the participating teams for their efforts.
Victory Day Celebrations at JAAGO: A timeless tale of gallantry retold
16th December is a day of immense pride for every Bangladeshi. The JAAGO Foundation and its students are no different. Every year the students organize an elaborate series of events to commemorate this day. This year the students indulged their audience in a dance drama that depicted the liberation war with a surprising flair. The audience sang along to the chorus’s beautiful songs of freedom. A poetry recitation was staged along with an art competition. The students brought out a rally to mark the occasion. A price distribution ceremony was held to acknowledge the students’ efforts.Freedom fighter and ex director, Ansar VDP Mr. Md. Abdul Hannan graced the JAAGO School at Banani to share stories of war with the students.
A Thank You Note! We graciously thank all our sponsors for the wonderful difference they have made into the life of hundreds deprived children. Your contribution means a lot to us. Every penny you donate will change the course of a life merged in dire poverty. By contributing only a minimum amount of USD $20 per month under JAAGO’s ‘Sponsor a Child’ program, you can also be a part of our family. Your donation will bear the educational expenditures of one particular child. If you intend to become a donor, please hop in to our ‘Sponsor a Child’ page and then visit our ‘GlobalGiving Project Report’ page to start donation! Every child is precious and with your help we can make a difference in their life together. Thank you so much again for supporting us in our cause!
Drama on Liberation War:
On 23rd October 2014 in JAAGO foundation, the students of Rayer Bazar School re-enacted the cultural, economic and political suffering of the people of Bangladesh which led to its liberation war in 1971. As part of the curriculum the students of standard 7 gave a presentation on liberation war of Bangladesh; prepared within 20 minutes in their classes. The students staged two dramas portraying two different issues. The issues were “Culture and Politics”, “Economy and Defence”. Each participant gave animated performances using posters, costumes and dialogues. One winner was announced, although all the performances griped the audience’s attention strongly.
Happiness is Getting New Books:
We don’t remember much of what we read in our school books back in our childhood but we do remember how we all looked forward to holding and smelling the fresh new books right? The colourful new books filled our young mind with new anticipation and a sense of stepping up on a new threshold of life. But what is a common memory for all of us is a rare reality for the underprivileged children for whom basic education comes with a struggle. But the children of JAAGO Foundation in all its branches got their share of moments of getting new books and copies when Shanta properties Ltd. and all other people gave Zakat during the “Ramadan Drive” and enabled us to buy new books and copies for the students for the upcoming academic session of our school. May the coming of new books bring a brand new learning experience for our kids!
Life Changing Initiative through IT:
Technology improves education to a great extent and it has now become a need for revolutionizing education for the better. To integrate technology across the curriculum to enhance the learning process JAAGO Banani School opened a brand new It lab for its student with the support of A-Tex International Ltd. Now students of Banani branch can learn while they play in the lab. The classroom study is no more restricted to the pages of their school books now that they have computer access where they will learn in three dimensional way-listening, watching and playing. The opening of this new IT lab at JAAGO Banani School marks the addition of another stepping stone to the bridge that helps us to provide our children with the latest and most advanced way to enlighten them. Now technology has become another easy tool for these underprivileged children to explore the world of knowledge and learn in every step.
Dancing with Next Level:
The American artists of ‘Next Level’ visited JAAGO recently and grooved up the children by performing some of their hip hop numbers and even teaching some dance steps .This may not sound very special to us but it was respite for these children who are hard pressed to struggle for their basic rights and who hardly get any opportunity to see the brighter side of life. “Next Level” is an initiative of U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina’s Department of music that promotes international cultural exchange and conflict resolution through hip-hop music and dance.
The artists that paid a visit to our children inspired our children towards the world of music and opened up opportunities that are so hard to come by. One of the artists was so mesmerized by the children’s enthusiasm towards dancing, that she decided to conduct dancing classes online through Skype especially for the children of JAAGO Foundation.
Beginning Of New School Year
School, a place filled with happiness, joy, learning of new things, making new friends and most importantly exploring the world through the eyes of the teacher. The beginning of a new year in school is always very exciting for students as it is a new beginning for them with new teachers, books and more knowledge. On August 18th, 2014 a new academic year started at JAAGO School and all the newly enrolled 400 students were welcomed with a chocolate and a balloon. In these seven years of journey, JAAGO Foundation has reached up to 1600 students and has the vision to increase the students’ base in the near future.
Inauguration of Madaripur School
In August, 2014 at Ukil Para in Shahid Surjo Sarak, Madaripur, JAAGO Foundation held the inaugural program of their 8th school branch. It was not only a very happy moment for the JAAGO family but also for the children of Madaripur. They now have the platform to achieve their dream with the unconditional support from Grameenphone, Agni System and from an ardent well – wisher of JAAGO Foundation Ms. Sayema Zerin who has donated the land for the school and raised the fund for the school building aswell. Even though Ms. Saima Zerin is a dentist by profession she is an artist at her soul. He donated fund for the school building was raised by selling her paintings. JAAGO Foundation has been able to spread their web in the corners of Bangladesh.
World Environment Day
On World Environment Day JAAGO students watched a video clip (documentary/animation) that helped them to understand the effect of Global Warming and the significance of World Environment Day. After the video the teachers explained/interpreted the effect we have on Environment with our careless actions. Followed by this video session the students drew pictures that reflected their creativity and understanding of the outcomes.
Visit of American Ambassador
JAAGO Foundation has embarked its journey on 2007 and reached remarkable heights in these 7 years. To support and inaugurate two class rooms, one sewing center and the VBD (write the full form) idea generating zone on June, 30 2014 His Excellency Dan Mozena his better half Grace Mozena , Hasan Ahmed, Chairman Popular Life Insurance Company Ltd and Engr. M Abu Taher, Chairman Fortuna Group visited JAAGO Foundation’s Rayer Bazar Branch.After the inauguration, His Excellency spent a quality time with the JAAGO family and even had a chat with the students. Being very impressed with JAAGO Foundation His Excellency said, ‘I am here for I believe in the philosophy of JAAGO. Great Nations do not happen by accident. It happens when you build it or construct it with your own hands. I see the potential of JAAGO’s greatness and I want you to build, build, build and make it greater!’
Thank you so much!
That is all we want to say to our sponsors! Without you we could not get this far. We are proud of your wonderful contribution as much as we are proud of our kids! We would love to have you with us along this journey. Connect with us any way you want. You can come to our place and spend some wonderful moments with these innocent children. You can also help them out through sponsoring their education. Thank you again for being with us through thick and thin.
Recently celebrating our seven year anniversary, we are deeply proud of the progress that JAAGO Foundation has made in building a Bangladesh with equal opportunities for all. Our central focus has been on providing international standard education to the nation's most impoverished children, and beginning with one room and 17 kids, it is only owing to the generosity and continued support of our donors that we have made such meaningful, tangible progress, now with eight successful schools countrywide, and 1400 students.
What's been going on?
So far this year, our students have been flourishing both academically and creatively: thank you for your continued help in shaping young minds.
Passing with flying colours
From a young age, many children living below the poverty line are forced to accept a fate of hunger, exploitation and destitution, without challenges, dreams, or hope. With JAAGO School, the fabric of their future is changing. We recently held the graduation ceremony for our Primary Education Completion exams, for which our 29 students received outstanding results: not only did they achieve a 100% pass rate, but the majority also scored the equivalent of an A+.
In other wonderful news, our 80 sharp minded kindergarten kids have progressed from KG2 Pre-Primary to Primary Class 1, through passing our internal assessments – a huge well done!
Green activities for World Environment Day
On Thursday 5th June, JAAGO students across Bangladesh celebrated World Environment Day by watching a documentary to raise awareness of issues such as global warming and the importance of looking after our planet.
Following this, our kids got creative and drew beautiful pictures to show what they had learnt and express their care for the environment. “Brick fields pollute our environment - plant trees and save our environment!” said Rony from class 2, holding up his colourful drawing to show the effects of pollution.
Back in February, we were honoured to be visited by professional photojournalist Prito Reza, who dedicated his valuable time to organising a workshop for JAAGO children, during which they learnt about the art of photography. After the session, they had the opportunity to shoot some snaps themselves, and got to experience fun from both sides of the lens.
It is a continual pleasure to witness these young minds germinating; to provide those who have been caught up in the tide of poverty an opportunity to escape the life they were born into, and capitalise on their dreams. Through the power of education, we are paving the way for our young generation to build a better Bangladesh.
We have come a long way, but our ambitions are high: we aspire to establish a school in each of Bangladesh's 64 districts, eradicating the country's staggering 43% illiteracy rate and creating a brighter, more prosperous future for the nation's most deprived kids.
Child Welfare Department Testimonial:
Our current activities still require a great deal of support. Running the only free-of-cost English medium schools in Bangladesh, we are an invaluable educational resource to children from disadvantaged families. Through our Sponsor a Child program, we connect our children with a guardian sponsor; a kind hearted individual from outside their family who will act as a role model and mentor throughout their education.
Relationship Officer Nayeem Arefin manages these relationships and facilitates correspondence between children and sponsors:
“I deal with the queries, forward their messages such as letters and gifts to the kids, arrange online or real-life tête–à–tête between the kids and sponsors, keep a watchful eye on each student's academic and moral progress, and relay the student's academic or health update to the sponsor. At JAAGO, the sponsors bring their hope, the kids come with their bright eyes flaunting their ambitions, and we bring our work to make our rebellious dream a reality - to build an illiteracy free Bangladesh by educating the impoverished children who don't have access to education.”
We started small! Now our dream is growing bigger each and every day with the wonderful performances of our kids – be it their academic credit, be it their hard work to support their family! We are proud to have all these wonderful souls with us!
Rubel is JAAGO’s new intern
One of the bright JAAGO students who performed well in the PEC Exam is Mohammed Rubel. He achieved GPA 4.33 though he comes from a very underprivileged background: His only surviving parent is his mother but she cannot work and his sibling suffers from a lethal disease. Due to his unfortunate family circumstances, Rubel does not have any support from his family. That’s why JAAGO gives him the possibility to intern at the administrative department of JAAGO. Through this paid internship Rubel is now able to support his 3 headed family. “I like the internship. It’s very good. I’m supporting the Administration officer and I’m learning how to use the PC, how to browse the Internet – things which are not included in the lessons”, Rubel says. He loves to play Cricket as well as playing in general and wants to be a famous Cricket player.
Primary Education Completion Examination (PEC) success
Most of JAAGO’s students live in tiny rooms which they share with their parents and siblings. Only few have the privilege to have a calm space for preparing school lessons or even a proper desk for the children to study at. But nevertheless the JAAGO children are strong and confident individuals: The JAAGO 3rd graders recently reached a 100% pass rate at PEC Examinations English version hosted by the NCTB.
The students were tested in Bengali, English, Mathematics, Islam & Moral Education, Bangladesh & Global Studies as well as Elementary Science. While there was a 100% pass rate, the majority even scored a perfect GPA (grade point average).The successful passing the PEC examination has gotten the JAAGO students a 5 years of schooling certification which is nationally recognized. The good grades earned by the students also show that JAAGO works very hard to maintain a quality English Medium Education for its students.
Martyred Intellectuals Day& Victory Day
"A Nation that Forgets its Heroes is a Nation Destined to be Forgotten..." – that’s why the 14th of December is observed every year in Bangladesh to commemorate the martyred intellectuals who were killed by Pakistani forces during the Liberation war on 14th December 1971. They fought for Bangladesh’s freedom and just two days after the massacre, Bangladesh became independent on December 16, 1971.
The JAAGO children from the JAAGO branches in Rayer bazar, Banani, Rajshahi, Gaibandha, Chittagong, Bandarban, and Gazipur honored both days. On December 14, 2013, for example the JAAGO branch Rayer Bazarpaid homage by gathering 64 liberation war flags from 64 districts at Rayer Bazar Boddhobhumi along with some of our national heroes, the freedom fighters, and JAAGO students. On December 16, 2014, Victory Day, the JAAGO children celebrated by singing Bangladesh’s national anthem, reciting poems and telling stories.
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards
On 27th of February, 2014, the band Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards from the U.S.A. surprised the JAAGO children. The trio which includes Laura Cortese (fiddle, vocal), Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle, vocal) and Valerie Thompson (cello, vocal) brought different shades of blues, gospel, country, blue jazz and dance to the children. The band performed, sang and danced with the students later. The famous American folk music band was presented by the American Center and enjoyed playing for the JAAGO children very much. They were moved to tears by these kids and by everyone working at JAAGO.
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