The JAAGO Journey
Since 2007 JAAGO Foundation has been working hard to provide high-quality, free-of-cost education to the underprivileged children of Bangladesh. With the help of generous supporters like yourself, JAAGO Foundation has recently celebrated its 7th Year Anniversary and in these short seven years, we have been able to challenge social norms and provide impoverished children the opportunity to learn.
In just seven years JAAGO Foundation has grown from one small classroom with just 17 students, one teacher and a white board; to 1,400 students, 70 teachers and eight schools.
Your kindness and generosity has been invaluable in helping us to achieve these milestones and we truly appreciate the support that you provide to help the children of Bangladesh break the poverty cycle and build a brighter future.
We would like to take this opportunity not only to thank you for your support, but also to tell you exactly how your donations have helped and where they have been used…
JAAGO never stops
In Bangladesh 33 million children still live below the poverty line and JAAGO Foundation will not stop until we achieve an illiteracy-free Bangladesh. In November 2014, with the support of generous Global Giving donations, JAAGO Foundation will open the doors of six more schools throughout Bangladesh; providing the opportunity to quality, free-of-cost education to a further 600 children, and employment and training for a total of 88 teachers.
Celebrating Student Success
As previously mentioned JAAGO Foundation recently celebrated its 7th Year Anniversary and to mark the occasion teachers, students and staff collectively organised a vibrant cultural performance held at the Dhaka National Museum Auditorium.
JAAGO teachers and volunteers worked together to plan, choreograph and teach students various performances to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students and important milestones for JAAGO Foundation.
A particular highlight of the event involved the student’s re-enactment of the JAAGO journey -where students theatrically interpreted the obstacles and challenges that JAAGO Foundation has faced, and revelled in how together we have triumphed. Furthermore the reception student’s sparkling rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in a contemporary ballet style delighted attendees, of whom special guests included the Primary & Mass Education Minister and British High Commissioner.
The evening concluded with JAAGO students waving flags high in the sky celebrating not only the academic achievements of the 100 JAAGO students graduating with flying colours, but also the collective accomplishments of JAAGO Foundation in breaking the cycle of poverty and building a brighter future for Bangladesh.
Life lessons for JAAGO students
A mother’s love On 11th May 2014 JAAGO Foundation celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time, and provided students with the opportunity to reflect on how their mothers positively influence their lives. Our teachers organised a day for students to reflect on all of the support that their mother’s provide them – from cooking their dinner and cleaning their uniform, to waking them up and getting them to school.
JAAGO students drew pictures of how their mothers support them, learnt to appreciate this support and also made cards for their mothers to thank them on this special day.
As well as teaching students this appreciation, JAAGO Foundation is also very proud to be able to support student’s mothers in providing training and employment in our Sewing Centre. To date JAAGO Foundation has provided training to 460 parents and continues to work hard to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment.
“The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom”- Henry Ward Beecher
Getting creative At JAAGO Foundation we strongly encourage our student’s creativity and imagination, and focus on creating a playful and fun learning environment. This is because our students regularly face difficulties in attending school as many of their peers are unable to attend and there is often pressure to earn a living for their family. This has resulted in high drop-out rates in Bangladesh, with 33% of children failing to complete primary education. JAAGO is working hard to combat this, and one means of doing so is by focusing teaching techniques on rhymes, colouring in and interactive content to create the best learning environment for our students.
Every week a JAAGO teacher hosts a craft workshop in our Banani Branch with students aged 4 to 5 years. The day involves teaching students collage techniques, paper chains and how to recycle materials in a creative way. JAAGO students produce birthday cards, fans, ice cream cups and pen holders; with all students having a fantastic day. The workshop provides students an opportunity to stimulate their creative minds and understand the importance of recycling.
“Our students were elated to know that they could create interesting things from used bottles and waste paper! The students have become much more interested in their studies after this assignment, and now understand the advantages of team-working. We're surprised to see how involved the kids have become because of this assignment! All by themselves, they've made dolls, kites, Eid cards and birthday cards with just clay and paper!” - Mst. Nasrin Afroz Nahida, Reception Teacher
What your support means to JAAGO
JAAGO Foundation is a small but very special organisation, growing rapidly every day. Without the support of generous individuals like yourself, the impoverished children of Bangladesh would have no access to education and thus the poverty cycle would continue.
You are helping our students to break this cycle and build a brighter future. We send you our heartfelt thanks for your continued support and look forward to bringing you more exciting news in our next report.
Years of hard work finally begins to pay off! Our very first batch of students has done an excelling job in the very first public exam in their life. We are overwhelmed with joy for the way our children are making us proud. We pray and believe that they would go a long way and we promise to work harder to make that happen.
Our Star Student
Lelin is one of our brightest JAAGO students and made us proud with his extraordinary achievement in PEC exam with a perfect GPA and Scholarship from the Government of Bangladesh. Lelin who already was our student’s spotlight in September 2012 is continuing his way of success and achievements. He didn’t think that he would perform in the exams so well: “It was a surprise for me. I tried so hard. My parents, friends and teachers helped me. The teachers even used innovative teaching methods for us – like model tests”. Lelin’s father is a rickshaw puller, he continues: “I still want to be an engineer, a Marine Engineer and to work for the Bangladeshi Navy. And I’m thankful that JAAGO has given me the opportunity to aim for that”.
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.
Delicious Treats and Essentials
The three companies Frutika, Delta Insurance Ltd and Unilever Ltd. surprised the JAAGO children with bearing gifts. Frutika a concern of the ‘Akij Food & Beverage Ltd.’ hosted an elaborate lunch party for 500 students of the JAAGO Rayer Bazar Branch. The JAAGO students loved it: All the colorful decorations and balloons transformed the JAAGO playground into a magic wonderland.
Delta Insurance delivered and its Director, Mr. Zihad Rahman, personally distributed boxes of assorted Danish Biscuits amongst the students of the JAAGO Foundation, Rayer Bazar Branch. The children were visibly excited to run back home and open their beautifully decorated gift boxes filled with wholesome goodness.
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd. also has made a generous donation of a six month stock of necessary hygiene products to be distributed amongst the students of JAAGO schools nationwide. Providing hygiene products to the JAAGO students is one of the fundamental projects of the JAAGO Foundation because JAAGO wants to protect its students and their families from diarrhea, fever, food poisoning and many other diseases. That’s why JAAGO always provides a month long supply of hygiene items like toothpaste and -brush, soap, shampoo and detergent to the students.
International Mother Language Day 2014 (21st February)
The 21st February is the International Mother Language Day. To every Bangla or Bengali speaking person around the world, the 21st of February means an emotional mix of glory and grief. On that very day, 62 years ago, blood was spilled to protect the right of speaking in one's mother language. The date represents the day in 1952 when students from different educational institutions demonstrating for recognition of their Bengali language, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the only nation that fought to protect its language.
The JAAGO branches from Children from the Rayer Bazar, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban, Gaibandha as well as Rajshahi celebrated the International Mother Language Day with the students and showed respect by giving one minute of silence as well as by giving flowers to the Shaheed Minar. Before the children learned about the meaning of that special day and the Bengali language. The exciting day was followed by an art competition and cultural program for the children.
U.S. Soccer stars at JAAGO
On two different days, the renowned U.S. soccer players Linda Hamilton who is also the winner of the first Women’s World Cup, and Tony Sanneh visited JAAGO foundation. They taught the students how to play soccer and together with the US Embassy they donated footballs and T-Shirts to JAAGO’s students who were full of excitement.
Dhonnobad – Thank You!
Last but not least we want to thank you, our sponsors and supporters, affectionate for walking the long way of building an illiteracy free Bangladesh with ‘Access to Quality Education for ALL’ with us. Your contribution can make the difference to lives of children like Lelin’s. Under our ‘Sponsor a Child’ program you can make a monthly contribution of only a minimum amount of USD $20 and so will be the educational expenses of your sponsored child and be part of the JAAGO family. Thank you once again for being there!
Universal Children’s Day 2013
A fine blend of work and play
The JAAGO Foundation in collaboration with its volunteer wing, ‘Volunteer for Bangladesh had celebrated ‘Universal Children’s Day’ 2013 during the month of November with a fresh new campaign to raise awareness for children rights. JAAGO’s UCD 2013 campaign had comprised of two elaborate segments; “Innovation Lab 2013” and “UCD Carnival 2013”.
The Innovation Lab 2013 has been a platform that has successfully managed to beautifully bridge field experience with infinite future possibilities. The Innovation Lab opened its doors to a group of 50 young aspiring entrepreneurs who walked in with ideas worthy of the right start up! Through a rigorous ’36 hours Mentorship’ program the participants were made to sculpt every aspect of their social entrepreneurship model into perfection. Each idea had to relate a business plan with a social cause focusing on child development and education. The Innovation Lab had invited some of the brightest, most successful and experienced entrepreneurs of Bangladesh to mentor and evaluate these talented participants who were simultaneously participating in Dhaka and Chittagong.
In the second phase, JAAGO Foundation’s signature event, ‘UCD Carnival’ was celebrated in its full glory in 7 districts of Bangladesh. The ‘Carnival’ has always been about giving back a day from their childhoods to the children we see on the streets. While in their fight for bare survival they completely miss out on their childhood and the happiness that every child should otherwise have been entitled to. JAAGO every year tries to organize for these children a day of fun and frolic where all worries and miseries disappear amongst the celebration of one’s childhood. The ‘Carnival’ this year has been daylong visits to parks and zoo for street children across the country. The carnivals across the country indulged the children in bioscopes, puppet shows, merry-go-rounds, exotic zoo animals and some wholesome meals. Volunteers had been assigned nationwide to keep company of the children and to attend to their needs.
Bithi in Nepal
JAAGO 4th grader makes it as a panelist at SAARC UNICEF Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescence
Suborna Bithi a 4th grader at JAAGO was selected as a panelist at the SAARC UNICEF Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescence. Bithi, an exceptionally bright student at the JAAGO Foundation attended this three day conference in Nepal. She brought attention to troubling issues such as memorization of course material without giving much thought to it. This practice is very common in a much in practice in a large number of schools in rural and urban Bangladesh. She also spoke on how technology used in schools needs to be upgraded in order for the Bangladeshi students to keep up with the fast changing world. She pressed towards the set up of computer labs and vocational training for high school students who have entered their adolescence years. Bithi is confident that if these aspects are incorporated into the traditional education curriculum then the Bangladeshi youth would have much higher chances of succeeding professionally. She strongly feels that, acquainting high school students with technology and giving them various trainings that could come handy in their professional lives is the way forward!
Nepal has been a wonderful experience for Bithi. Bithi who comes from very humble beginnings has had many firsts in this beautiful land. Not only because this was her first trip abroad but the feeling of being heard was immense for her. “I have met some wonderful people from countries all around the globe. I felt so privileged while exchanging my views with all the delegates at the conference. I can’t thank JAAGO enough for making me a part of this organization. I hope I can play an active role at generating awareness of issues faced by adolescents in my community in the years to come.”
JAAGO School Bandarban Inaugurated
We are now in Bandarban
Bandarban is known far and wide for its lush greenery and mighty mountains. The beauty of the place being so inherently overwhelming, it tends to take away from the parallel truth of the tremendous need of standard education institutions in Bandarban. Funded by Grameenphone Ltd., the JAAGO School is located at Kanapara, Bandarban. This latest venture of the JAAGO Foundation targets to cater to the educational needs of numerous ethnic minority groups. The locals have a minimalistic income and the introduction of a free school has taken a significant burden off their shoulders and ensures a secure future for their children. The school has started its first academic year during September 2013 with 43 intakes in Reception. The JAAGO Bandarban School is an ‘Online School’ that benefits from the high-caliber teachers holding classes in metropolitan areas without compromising education standards. Presently, the Reception students are being taught alphabets, numbers colors and so on.
JAAGO 4rd Graders sit for the PEC Examinations
Now the Guarantee of NCTB certification at every stage of schooling
The JAAGO 3rd graders have recently sat to undertake the PEC Examinations by the NCTB. The PEC examination is mainly taken by 5th grade students who pursuit their schooling under the National curriculum. The subjects that the students were tested on are Bengali, English, Mathematics, Islam & Moral Education, Bangladesh & Global Studies and Elementary Science. Successfully passing the PEC examination with entitled the JAAGO students to the certification for 5 years of schooling. The students who go to JAAGO being financially disadvantaged constantly get exposed to family mobilization and pressure from their family to drop out from school in order to start earning. With the students having some kind of nationally recognized certification it becomes more likely for them to get a decent job in case they decide on dropping off. Also, the students’ performance will assist our educators to assess the quality of education being delivered at JAAGO keeping the national curriculum as a yardstick.
JAAGO Teachers' Training Session by SPEED
35 teachers of the JAAGO Schools from the Rayerbazar and Banani branches attended a training session hosted by SPEED. Services for Professional Education and Enterprise Development (SPEED) is an adult education and training centre that offers training programs for professionals working in various sectors, including teaching, the corporate world, and retail. This training session was held from 21st September to 12th October of 2013.Alongside the teachers from Rayer bazar Branch and Banani Branches, the Education Coordinators, Asst. Manager, Training and Development and Research and Development Asst. Manager attended this program. Some of the issues that were focused on during this session were; Classroom Management and Control Strategies, Methods of maintaining discipline and attention amongst students, Student Motivation, Professionalism, Creation of a Positive Learning Experience, Methodology to Assess Learners and the Markings of an Ideal Educator The sessions were thoroughly interactive and took place in the format of workshops. The lectures, role plays, games, group discussions, case studies aided in the creation of very well balanced learning environment.
Rabbi: A Rockstar in the Making!
The mad cheering amongst the audience when Rabbi performs is no less than what one hears when an acclaimed singer or dancer performs on stage! A third grader at the JAAGO School, Rabbi is a terrific performer. He sure comes from the same humble background as every other JAAGO student, but Rabbi just isn’t ordinary. Raffiq Tarek Rabbi, who used to be schooled at a local Madrasa was admitted into K.G. II at the JAAGO School in the winter of 2009. While undertaking dance and music lessons which are part of JAAGO’s ECA curriculum, Rabbi’s aptitude in these disciplines was discovered! Rabbi who is a self trained dancer has performed in numerous stage shows! He sleek and edgy robotic moves have wowed the finest of dance connoisseurs! One of Rabbi’s finest moments were when he gave a grand performance in front of the world renowned ‘Spectrum Dance Theater’! Rabbi has even performed to songs that he himself wrote in television programs such as “Pran Tiffiner Faakey”. Rabbi has regularly performed dance numbers for very large audiences at open air concerts at such a young age! The JAAGO Foundation is very proud to have its name associated with such a gifted individual and we sure hope that Rabbi becomes the ‘Rockstar’ that we already think he is!
Marina Mahathir at the JAAGO Foundation!
Marina Mahathir is a celebrated leader in non-governmental organizations like the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. An active socio-political blogger, novelist and columnist, Ms. Mahathir is the eldest child of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad. Ms. Mahathir has recently visited the JAAGO Foundation head quarters during her visit to Bangladesh. She interacted with the children by going from classroom to classroom and has written highly of JAAGO students at the prestigious Malaysian daily, ‘The Star’. She found JAAGO’s sewing center and First aid center to be very impressive ventures as they directly give back to the local community as well helps bring financial stability to the JAAGO students and their families.
The JAAGO Foundation School: The path we have covered so far
8 JAAGO Schools in 2013!
Back in 2007, JAAGO’s journey started with a one room school and 17 students. Fast forwarding to the year 2013, JAAGO is all set to have a total of 8 schools bearing JAAGO’s ‘Quality Education for All’ flag! These 8 schools that cater to the education needs of 1200 underprivileged children are situated all over Bangladesh. Dhaka is home to two of the very first JAAGO schools; one being in Rayerbazar and one in Korail. Outside Dhaka there are JAAGO schools in Gazipur, Chittagong, Rajshahi, and Gaibandha. The very newly constructed JAAGO schools in Bandarban and Madaripur will be starting their operations this year! Our schools in Gazipur, Rajshahi, Gaibandha, Bandarban and Madaripur are ‘Online Schools’ unlike the ones in the main cities which implement the conventional methods of teaching. The concept of online schooling was introduced as a solution to lack of aptly qualified teachers outside the city centers. JAAGO’s ‘Online School Centre’ in Dhaka is equipped with trained teachers who deliver interactive lectures over the internet to children all over the country. On the receiving end we have moderators who aid the children in their class works and make sure that the children have a holistic understanding of the topic at hand.
Maximum Utility training for ‘English In Action’ resources at JAAGO Foundation Schools
JAAGO believes that material taught to the JAAGO students need to be comprehensive and to some extend customized because of the very different background that our students come from. A class in general comprises of mixed learners with different levels of intellect. For a teacher to cater to all these different needs, ‘EIA’ has had come forward to equip us with different materials such as posters, figurines, and flashcards that make learning more of a visual experience! English in Action (EIA) is a UK funded project that is aimed at enhancing the English Teaching skills throughout Bangladesh. A training seminar took place at JAAGO to familiarize the teaching staff with the EIA resources. During this session the teachers were taught the application of the ‘EIA’ materials. They were walked through the methods of recognizing the different types of learners and were briefed on how techniques learnt in the workshops should be adapted to meet the needs of the classroom environment.
Digitalizing JAAGO students at the ‘Dell Computer Lab’
Technology plays a very essential role in the fulfillment of JAAGO’s promise to provide International standard education to children who belong to the deprived segments of the Bangladeshi society. In order to keep up with a world that is becoming extremely competitive each day, learning to operate computers has become a necessity! JAAGO students need to learn how to operate computers in order to be employable as well as to make everyday tasks much simpler! A computer with an internet connection opens up an individual to a vast amount of resource online that one can largely benefit from! At JAAGO teachers vastly use computer technology to make learning more visual and interactive for the students. Dell Bangladesh has recently sponsored a computer lab at the JAAGO Foundation School in Rayer Bazar. The students who already have some knowledge of computing which has been provided to them earlier at JAAGO are very enthusiastic to become properly trained to operate computers at this high tech fully equipped ‘Dell Computer Lab’.
JAAGO Event: A great Ramadan at JAAGO
JAAGO’s 2013 Annual Iftar sees an impressive turn out!
Ramadan is usually welcomed by our JAAGO students with great anticipation and excitement. The Annual JAAGO Iftar Party is looked forward to by the JAAGO students with great joy and anticipation. Most of our children, who are not privileged to proper meals year round, enjoy a hearty meal with their sponsors during our Annual Iftar! Students from different branches outside Dhaka were also gathered together for Iftar and were streamed live online at the venue. A swarm of young volunteers were the hosts for this Iftar party. Every table was served with great care by these volunteers who wanted to show their appreciation for the sponsors by taking this opportunity to serve them Iftar. This year’s Iftar was extra special because in order to make sure that every child gets to meet his sponsor JAAGO has hosted the Iftar Party in the tri-state area! This saw a remarkable turnout in the number of attendees. A big number of sponsors, well wishers and well known personalities graced the JAAGO 2013 Annual Iftar!
A Thank You Note!
We can’t thank our sponsors enough for the instrumental difference that they have made in the lives of hundreds of previously deprived children. Every cent that comes the JAAGO Foundation’s way is a change maker in a life tangled in the vicious web of poverty. By making a monthly contribution of only a minimum amount of USD $20 under JAAGO’s ‘Sponsor a Child’ program, you can be a big part of your sponsored child’s life as well as the JAAGO family’s! Your donation will bear the educational expenses of your sponsored child. If you intend to become a donor, please go to our ‘Sponsor a Child’ page and then visit ‘GlobalGiving Project Report’ to start donating! Every child is precious and your can make a difference in their lives. Thank you so much for placing your belief in our cause!
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.
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