An Appeal That May Change a Life!
The journey with children never ends – it rather gets more rewarding with each step we set for them! To help a child grow strong, confident, independent and happy through providing support for his/her education can be the best one could do for her/him! This year we are revamping our campaign for ‘Sponsor a Child’ program to support our existing pool of 1200 students and many more children who will be enrolled this August. The appeal that we offer to you is to lend a helping hand and take responsibility of a child’s education. Your contribution is a key to realize a dream!
As always JAAGO Foundation is doing its best to provide quality education to its children. Trying to improve its teaching experience and interactive and learner-centered classroom environs are two of the moves that we are making to ensure this objective. Here is a glimpse of the things we achieved within last three months. Caring for the physical and mental growth of our children and engaging the parents are also a priority for us as a crucial factor in determining effective learning for them.
Quest for Quality Education
As part of our constant effort to improve the teaching and learning experience in JAAGO Foundation schools, we are now focusing on content development and teachers’ training program for use of those educational materials that would make learning more effective and fun for the children. As part of this program, we have partnered with English for Action (EIA) which is nine year long programme funded by DFID through UKAid to develop communicative English language competency among Bangladeshis. They are providing interactive teaching materials (figurines, posters, flash card etc.) and training for JAAGO teachers. Use of education contents and improved teachers’ efficiency is surely going to benefit the students through a more interactive and fun classes.
We Do Care How They Grow Up!
Safe Drinking Water ensured in JAAGO: Ensuring sound health of its students is one of the promises the promises that JAAGO has made. As part of that promise this year, on observing ‘World Water Day’ campaign, it has installed one RO water purifiers in all of its six branches. The water filters were a bequest from Coca Cola Company Bangladesh who partnered with JAAGO Foundation in celebrating the day on March 22, 2013. Installing the purifiers implies pure drinking water and therefore sound health for all 1200 students of JAAGO schools.
JAAGO Parents’ Club: Raising children inseparably requires engagement of parents who would work as the greatest mentors and guide for their teachers. This is why JAAGO always take up projects that would ensure that the parents are involved in every bit the decisions made for their children and Parents’ Club is one such project. Besides giving them counseling about child rearing, the incentive would also provide members legal help, physiological therapy, business training and medical benefits for the present club.
The Celebrity Bonanza!
Celebration for Bangla New Year 1420: As always, Boishakh came with twice the festivity for JAAGO Foundation this year! Welcoming the year 1420 and JAAGO’s 6th year was done with much fanfare at the JAAGO branches countrywide. JAAGO Foundation-Rayer Bazar celebrated "Pohela Boishakh 1420" with an elaborate cultural program featuring traditional boishakh dances, songs and dramas. The students of this branch also staged a drama specially designed to take back the audiences to their rural roots! The students at JAAGO Banani branch had plenty of assortments in their New Year celebrations. Colorfully painted faces, colorful art pieces, melodious songs and good food were staples of the Banani celebrations. The bighearted teaching staff at JAAGO Banani pooled in funds to distribute toys amongst the children. JAAGO Foundation Chittagong Branch welcomed this New Year with students dancing to the beat of Boishakh numbers, singing festive songs and upholding Boishakh festivities through their paintings! The students at JAAGO Gazipur celebrated Boishakh with a music fest. The tiny fashionistas from this branch also put together a ramp walk session featuring various traditional attires! Treating themselves to colorful face paintings and chilled watermelons, the students had quite a ball on the first day of 1420!
The Most Sought After Break with NTV: When you were a kid, break between classes might have been the moment that you yearned for after the tedious lectures and tons of class work! And when you know you and your most longing possession – your flair for dancing are going to broadcast in TV, think of the blast! Our Jaago kids were recently showcased in a recent episode of Pran Junior Tiffiner Fakey, a TV program that features school students. JAAGO students of Class II and III put forward an elaborate Music Orchestra piece, dance numbers and a mini debating session. A ‘Draw as you like’ art competition brought out the hidden Vinci in every student. In an interview with the Education Supervisor of JAAGO Foundation the host of this show discussed the academic competency of JAAGO students. Since ‘Tiffener Fakey’ thrives to promote children awareness amongst students, the crew was very pleased with how much the JAAGO children knew about their heritage.
Promise for Holistic Education
Working with unprivileged children is a challenging job and it gets more grueling when you embrace more and more children into your service and deliver quality education. You have to take care not just of the intricate curriculum that focuses on their learning ability and living standards but also their physical and emotional development. Living in slums does not ensure the best environs for learning. Last three months, we kept on our promise to these deprived children to make JAAGO a place where they get the best education, enjoy exposure to the world and an opportunity to grow up strong, healthy and happy.
Annual Teachers’ Meeting
Each year JAAGO Foundation holds its Annual Teachers’ Meeting to involve the teachers in reviewing the overall performance of teachers, management and education; brainstorming solution to persistent problems and making an yearly strategy for JAAGO schools. The meeting this year began with an overall annual review of the management of JAAGO Schools. Other issues that followed the discussion included the dropout rate of JAAGO kids as well as improvements brought into the academic curriculum and students’ response to it. The major decisions in the meeting were to introduce the J.S.C exam under National Curriculum Examination, increase the number of Teachers’ workshops this academic session and make the teacher recruitment system more rigid for quality maintenance. The meeting ended with an award giving ceremony that acknowledged the teachers who performed outstandingly during last academic session.
A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Child
A Free Dental Check up was held for the students of the JAAGO School, Rayerbazar Branch. Dr. Abdullah Al Mamun from FACEview Dental & Orthodontics with Dr. Sharmin Shaila Shabnom from Annur Dental conducted this Dental check up on the 13th of February at the school premises. It is no surprise that our students are not able to afford Dental care given the disadvantaged background they come from. The Doctors started the check up at 10 in the morning. The session went on well into the afternoon. All 473 of the JAAGO Rayerbazar Branch students got their teeth checked up during this event. The doctors found out that 70% of the students have good teeth. However the remaining 30% suffered from conditions such as teething, cavities or tooth decay and knocked out teeth.
"Spectrum Dance Theater" performs live at JAAGO Foundation
The renowned American dance company, “Spectrum Dance Theater” set JAAGO Foundation, Rayerbazar premises ablaze with their electrifying performances! This grand gala took place on the 10th of March as part of the DanceMotionsm USA tour, courtesy of the US Embassy. The dances performed at JAAGO Foundation were choreographed by none other than the brilliant Donald Byrd. These beautiful specialized contemporary numbers performed by the four dancers, Anne Kate Monthy, Stacie Williams, Derek Crescenti and Vincent Michael Lopez awed the young audience. The duet, solos and the hybrid performance of the “Spectrum Dance Theater” opened up a whole new world of the rich dance culture of the United States to the JAAGO Foundation students. Their exhilarating performances were followed by a dance exchange in the students and teachers were requested to share with Spectrum their local dances.
JAZZ concert at JAAGO Foundation
The very famous Art Blakely had once said that Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life. The students of the JAAGO Foundation fall victim to the harsh reality of their lives every day once they step outside the school premises. We at JAAGO Foundation try our best to let our students forget everything that is wrong with their lives and give them a chance to make new exciting memories that they can cherish. After seeing the joy on the faces of these children, there is no denying that this “Ari Roland Quartet” Jazz Concert would be something they will remember for years to come. Jazz is a beautiful gift given by America to all cultures and races. This January Ari Roland Jazz quartet visited JAAGO Foundation, Rayer bazar premises to present a beautiful New York Jazz scene to the students of JAAGO Foundations School. The concert featured Ari Roland (double bass), Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone), Chris Byars (tenor saxophone) & Keith Balla (drums). Their performance was met by ecstatic cheers from their young audience.
America Bangladesh Youth Leadership Exchange Program (ABYLEP)
SPEED Youth, in collaboration with a US-based organization, World Savvy, Scholastica school and JAAGO Foundation helped to host the participants of America Bangladesh Youth Leadership Exchange Program (ABYLEP). With their Bangladeshi counterparts, they learned about climate change and traveled to different affected areas in Bangladesh. The program took place during December’12-January’13.
JAAGO Annual Winter Clothes Drive
The extreme weather conditions in Bangladesh this year have left millions suffering for months. The students at JAAGO Foundation who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also part of the million Bangladeshis who cannot afford the luxury of proper winter essentials. In times of distress like this Grameenphone Ltd. came forward to help by gifting every JAAGO kid with their own individual blankets! With a total donation of 1200 blankets, Grameenphone Ltd. had made sure that winter would not be a time of anguish for the JAAGO kids but a time when they can enjoy the season’s best offerings.
JAAGO is a family. And we are struggling hard to keep our bond stronger. We recently have strengthened our ‘Sponsor a Child’ program to support all the new students we are going to accommodate in the coming session. We will open up two new branches this July and we need sponsors to support their education. A few minutes’ look into our website and a little bit contribution might make a huge difference in their lives. JAAGO is deeply thankful all those generous sponsors who have been supporting us morally and through donation. We really thank you all for every benevolent contribution that helped us reach education to the many underprivileged kids in Bangladesh.
Living with the Gifted Ones!
Last three months for JAAGO Foundation is a story of hunting down extraordinary talent from a place that very few is ready to look into. We believe in the unusually gifted children we are blessed with and their natural flair, confidence and enthusiasm to learn, share and explore. JAAGO elicits its drive from these exceptional yet innocent individuals to fight and work harder in spite of the daunting experiences it has to face! It is passion and love for these deprived children that keeps us moving. We welcome everyone who shares this value!
The Portable School
Re-construction of Karail School
Running a school in slum areas in developing country implies agreeing to the reality of forced eviction from time to time. Facing such vandalism resulting in a smashed down Karail School September last year prompted JAAGO Foundation to come up with an innovative and sustainable solution that would let them go on despite such mayhems. With the design from Suvastu Development Limited and financing from GraphicPeople the organization put up portable classrooms this September in JAAGO Foundation School in Karail. With an uncomplicated design and available materials these classrooms can be taken down and re-constructed in only a few hours without any professional help or tools. The volunteers of Volunteer for Bangladesh, our concern organization was in charge of the whole process.
Our Rapport with SCB Goes On
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Bangladesh is a long time supporter and well-wisher of JAAGO Foundation. Besides having their employees as our regular volunteers SCB has also contributed in constructing one of our reception classrooms, redecorating the library and painting the classrooms. In last three months our partnership has grown stronger through the generous donation of one-day salary of each SCB employee; their presented stationary items and small gifts like stickers, hair bands and chocolates; and providing of Safety Training Program for JAAGO kids on handling household dangers.
The Joy of Learning
Two More Sessions on Environmental Awareness
Our effort to make our children learn and love the nature still holds on! Ms. Remeen Firoz with her fun and interactive techniques conducted two more sessions in Rayer Bazar and Karail within last two months. Topics included weather and climate, food pyramid, preparedness for disasters, natural calamities such as earthquake, flood and rainfall, as well as issues like changes in migration and flowering pattern and the vulnerability of coastal areas. In an effort to make the session more effective Ms. Firoz encouraged the children to bring out their own experience and learning and connect them with the new information as well as blended colorful pictures, questions, and information to stir their imagination and enthusiasm.
Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child
In October this year JAAGO Foundation partnered with Garden of Hope (GoH), a leading non-profit organization and a change-maker advocating the rights of the disadvantaged women and girls, in celebrating the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ and ‘2012 Asian Girls Campaign’. The event to celebrate ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ opened for an avenue that helped bring out the incredible leadership talent among JAAGO kids. As part of the program a number of students in JAAGO Foundation were given to conduct three workshops for their counterparts in three other schools in the locality - SAFE School, Zafrabad Adorsho School and Chetonabikash. The workshops turned out to be a pride for JAAGO Foundation with its students showing higher skill for motivation and leadership as expressed in leading the session on girl child awareness. The program was later followed by a cultural performance by JAAGO children which basically was a musical drama on the theme of “Girls Life Transformation” that conveyed the same message on the rights of girl child earning higher appreciation.
Hand-Washing Campaign with Lifebuoy
The 'Lifebuoy Hand-Washing Campaign' with participation from 60 students of Standard-I was held at the JAAGO Foundation, Head Office on December 1, 2012. The campaign was divided into four segments: hands on learning about the proper way to wash with soap; a few hours of interactive quiz session; display of a special episode of ‘Meena’ Cartoon on cleanliness and hygiene; and special demonstration by volunteers. Members of Volunteer for Bangladesh, the volunteer wing of JAAGO Foundation, with help of a UV light demonstrated germs that cannot be seen with naked eye, in an effort to make the learning more effective and fun for the children. The campaign ended with awards for children participating in the quiz test and the students taking an oath, along with the volunteers, regarding washing their hands regularly with the proper technique.
Eye-Checkup for JAAGO kids
Special Eye Camp for the students of JAAGO Foundation School, Rayer Bazar Branch on October 11, 2012 and for the students of Karail branch on October 18, 2012 by specialist doctors was part of JAAGO program for World Sight Day. The children received regular-check up and medicines and spectacles were provided to those who needed them. The programs were facilitated by Standard Chartered Bangladesh (SCB) and Beximco Pharma.
Our Very Own Boogie-Woogie!
Amra Shobai Raja, Amader ei Deshe
With their indomitable spirit, JAAGO kids promise to dance all the fears away and hail everything novel and beautiful that the six seasons have to offer. Nritto Dhara has been with them in this journey. JAAGO Foundation, along with Nritto Dhara, arranged a dance program titled “Amra Shobai Raja Amader Ei Deshe” on Friday, October 12, 2012 with participation from more than 90 students from JAAGO Foundation. Supported by the American Center, the dance program paid tribute to six seasons of Bangladesh. The little dancers with their talent dazzled the audience including the renowned Dancer Munmun Ahmed.
Bringing Rhythm to the Food Fest
After the “Amra Shobai Raja Amader Ei Deshe” program and 2012 Asian Girls Campaign musical drama performance, the little dancers from JAAGO Foundation again mesmerized the audience with their extraordinary flair for dancing in Bangladesh Food Fest 2012. The three-day festival brought all the favourite restaurants of the capital in one place with the sumptuous and mouth-watering food and served along with it the startling cultural performance of JAAGO kids.
A Last Note!
JAAGO Foundation is always grateful to those whose generous support and donation keeps the flame of our spirit alive! And we welcome more people to be part of our family. If you feel to believe in the cause we work for and want to help, you can visit our ‘Sponsor a Child’ and ‘GlobalGiving Project Report’ page and decide on your ways of contribution. You are even welcome at our home in Rayer Bazar, Dhaka and meet these wonderful children!
JAAGO sails ahead!
Despite hundreds imperatives JAAGO is determined to forge ahead. Within last three months, it has opened up two more schools and launched ‘DigiClass’, a pilot project to provide the students with state-of-the-art technological vantage aimed at making their learning process more effective and interactive. Apart from embracing new students, JAAGO Schools are taking novel steps to give the underprivileged children exposure to new experiences that they could not otherwise imagine! We are resolute to provide the best education to these children. Your engagement and benevolent contribution, in this course, will support us each step of the way to help them have a better life.
Two New Branches!
Within last month JAAGO expanded its family to include two more branches of its school – one in Rajshahi on September 2, 2012 and the other in Chittagong on September16, 2012. This added 167 new children to JAAGO family making the total figure around 1200. We are working hard to reach more and more underprivileged children throughout the country and will soon open one more branch outside Dhaka to render quality education to the deprived.
JAAGO Goes Digital
‘DigiClass’, which is a syllabi-compliant, multimedia-based, interactive teaching tool, was inaugurated in the Rayer Bazar branch this month on September 10. It contains all educational contents designed for K-12 education and will transform the archaic blackboard-and-chalk classroom environs into a communicative milieu with help from this multimedia hardware. The venture will ease up explanation of complex concepts to the students through use of audio-visual contents and ensure active participation of all students. Launched as a trial scheme, JAAGO team is planning to soon bring over the project to its other branches.
The Rapturous Class Party and Bounce for a New Session
At the end of June students and teachers of three JAAGO schools joined in panoply to organize a class party full of glee, joy and bliss. Students, with their colourful clothes and party cap, were looking like butterflies dancing and singing in a chirpy mood the whole day. With help from their teachers the students decorated their classroom with balloons and colorful paper and prepared to dive for a new session from July this year.
SCB Volunteers Spend a Day in JAAGO School
Encouraging and accommodating corporate volunteerism makes a unique feature for JAAGO Foundation Schools. This break supports community service proposition of the staffs under Employee Value Proposition (EVP) concern of the corporations and portrays them as role models for our students as well. Last month, as part of rapport building effort from both the organizations, employees from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) volunteered in painting JAAGO classrooms. They also contributed in constructing one of our reception classrooms as well as redecorating the library.
Learning English with Neel and Clay
The JAAGO students had two wonderful months with Neel Patel and Clay Hackney learning and enjoying the ‘Conversation Class’ with interactive sessions and fun-stuffs. Neel Patel and Clay Hackney, friends of JAAGO and students of University of North Carolina came to Bangladesh as our guests and became part of JAAGO team fabricating the concept of a ‘Conversation Class’. The idea was aimed at making the students deft at communicative English through an innovative and playful learning experience.
Batighar Comes to JAAGO
As part of boosting motivation of its students, JAAGO Foundation Bangladesh organized a two-day workshop for students between 9-12 years at its Rayer Bazar branch from July 12-July 14, 2012.First margin of the workshop was designed with a meditation session named as ‘Anandajatra’. The meditation session to be followed by two exercises – one ‘Ekta Buro Angul Nore’ and the other based on Tagore’s ‘Tasher Ghor’- and drawing pictures was schemed and conducted by Batighar, an organization dedicated towards child mental health development. The next day Batighar was joined by ‘Brotocharee’, a cultural movement, to make the day frisky with sharee gaan, briticharee, rhymes and again drawing pictures. JAAGO Foundation plans to make more such arrangements to provide its students as best the emotive boosting as possible.
Making Bond with Nature
After the celebration of ‘World Biological Diversity Day’ with IUCN, the students of JAAGO Foundation School - Karail Branch, attended a lecture on Environmental Studies. The session familiarized the students with the map of Bangladesh and Dhaka City; the main rivers of Bangladesh; and different types of flora and fauna. The session encouraged the students to love and be respectful towards their nature and environment. Students also participated in planting 200 trees in the school yard of its Rayer Bazar and Karail branch on World Environment Day 2012 under JAAGO’s ‘Green Dhaka: BE PART OF IT’ campaign.
Culture We Indulge In
Drawing the Olympians
British Council Bangladesh and JAAGO Foundation teed up an art competition for the impoverished children studying in JAAGO schools. The competitors aged between 5 to 14 years drew pictures taking ‘sports’ as the theme in order to celebrate London Olympics 2012. A number of best artists will be selected from these art works and called on to attend a final competition to be held at British Council.
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!
Your donation to help further the education of underprivileged children in the slums of Bangladesh means a great deal to all of us. Not only are you a donor to JAAGO’s education mission; you are part of it. We will send monthly newsletters like this one to keep you updated with our efforts as well as provide you with many more ways to become directly involved in the lives of the children you are graciously supporting.
News and Events
This week, students at the JAAGO School completed their final exams for the year. After many group study sessions and review classes, the well-prepared students took their exams. On June 28th, the students will receive their report cards for the last quarter as well as for the whole year. The students have all worked hard to get where they are, and this is the last step before they can move up one standard!
The ‘International Day for Biological Diversity 2012’ was on the 22nd of May 2012. Members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), visited the JAAGO Foundation’s Rayer Bazar School. Our guests talked to the students about ‘Conserving Marine and Coastal Biodiversity’ – which was also the worldwide theme for the day. They explained about the life of various marine animals and the dangers to their species. The members of IUCN also organized an Art Competition where the students were asked to draw their favorite aquatic animal. Spelling Bee
For the second time since its inception, JAAGO Foundation School hosted its Annual ‘Spelling Bee’ on the 23rd of May, 2012. The competition was held in all the classes (except Reception), and one winner was chosen from each class. The students were asked to spell some words based on the Grades they study in. The teachers themselves were the judges of the competition. The winner of each class was awarded a certificate of merit.
Md. Lelin Ahmed is in this month’s Student Spotlight! He is in Class 2, and he won this year’s Spelling Bee. Lelin loves playing cricket and hanging out with his friends, JAAGO volunteers, and even his teachers after class. He is very proud of his victory in the Spelling Bee. “Spelling is very difficult for me. I convinced my [English] teacher, Tahmeed, that I would win. I tried very hard. There were many rounds, but I did not give in. My motto is never give up.” Lelin also sees JAAGO as an important part of his life. “I think JAAGO is my second home. I love JAAGO very much. My family is poor. My parents think that, when I grow up, I will be a rickshaw puller. My father is a rickshaw puller. I want to be an engineer, and JAAGO has given me that opportunity.”
Want to do more?
Once again, thank you so much for your support. Your donations have already done wonders to help JAAGO’s education goals. As the JAAGO Foundation has grown, we have seen that children, not only in Dhaka but also around the nation, are in more need of help than ever. Starting this July, we are recruiting 800 new students, raising the number of underprivileged children in our schools from 600 to 1400. Recruiting these students, however, means that we will need the same number of new sponsors to support their education. By contributing a minimum amount of USD $20 per month, a sponsor covers all expenditures for one particular child. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, check out the child sponsoship page on JAAGO’s website. Then head to our GlobalGiving Project Page to start your sponsorship! The kids at JAAGO have worked very hard to get where they are now, but they could not do it without the help of caring and engaged sponsors.
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