JAAGO Online Schools: 5 New Schools Launched in December 2014
The JAAGO Foundation has successfully inaugurated 5 new online schools in the month of December 2014. After the remarkable success of our online schooling program which was initiated in 2011 with our Gazipur branch; the JAAGO foundation now has 10 existing online schools nationwide. The online schooling program was introduced as a solution to the lack of educators outside the major cities to provide students with the JAAGO standard of education. These five new schools have been established in Rangpur, Dinajpur, Teknaf, Habiganj and Laxsmipur. The school in Teknaf is located towards the end of Bangladesh, along the borders where there are no options for schooling. In Habiganj the school is situated in a tea estate to cater to the education needs of the children of the workers who are mostly of tribal ethnicity. Like the motive behind every JAAGO online school these too where established in order to facilitate the locals in remote areas of the country with quality education. 40 children were taken in as the first batch for each of these schools.
New bags New Hope
There is something about a new school bag at the start of the academic year. It is an instant boost of enthusiasm to give one’s best and ace those courses! For a JAAGO student who lives a life that seldom can offer such simple luxury; a brand new school bag is a bundle of hopes and dreams. Courtesy of KrisEnergyall JAAGO students now own school bags that they bring to school.
Treehouse for JAAGO
Dhaka Tribune, apopular local English daily has taken the initiative to provide students of the JAAGO Foundation with their weekly supplement. “Treehouse” is a fun way to introduce young minds to a diverse range of topics. The weekly contains a commendable range of pictures, rhymes, puzzles, comics, drawing and articles that could capture a child’s attention. The habit of newspaper reading also is an effective way to enhance the students’ command over English. We appreciate Dhaka Tribune’s partnership with JAAGO in ensuring the development of reading habits outside school material.
21ST February: International Mother’s Language Day observed
The JAAGO Foundation has always firmly believed in inculcating a deep sense of nationalism amongst its students. A thorough knowledge of Bangladesh’s history is an essential part of JAAGO’s schooling program. That kept in mind, like every year International Mother’s Language Day was observed nationwide in all the 13 JAAGO schools. The students paid their respects to the national flag. A session of paying their tributes to the language martyrs with flowers at the “ShaheedMinar” was conducted within the school premises. The traditional “Ekushey” book fair was organized and every student went back home with a handful of good reads! An art competition was also organized to stir the students’ imaginations in depicting the series of events that took place in 1952.
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.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!
Playing with Mud:
Last when did you had fun with as silly as playing with the mud? But our JAAGO kids did by soaking in mud when we arranged a daylong session of “Play and Learn with Mud” activity for our students .Because “Learning is fun, learning is creativity” and this was aimed to build imagination, creativity among the children and to teach the children about the fun of togetherness. Kids spent the entire day making and experimenting with the plethora of things made out of mud. This not only stretched their creative boundaries but also gave them a great learning experience, while appreciating the traditional art of ‘pottery’ in Bangladesh. It’s okay to get dirty sometime and have fun in the way you want to explore your imaginative mind and we at JAAGO gave our students such opportunity to sneak into their playful mind.
Literacy Week 2014:
Literacy is a spark that illuminates the darkness of mind and brings forth a new world to explore. Every child is entitled to enjoy this spark and roam in the numerous branches of knowledge and creativity. Promising a brighter future for the students of JAAGO, the ‘International Literacy Week’ was celebrated from 7th Sep 2014 - 11th Sep 2014 in all the school branches of JAAGO. The students of our school actively engaged themselves in various activities. The main highlights of the event were poster presentation, essay competition by the students where they expressed their mind and innocuous remarks on what they feel literacy means for them. A reading competition for the students was arranged by Aga Khan School at their premise. Our little student’s narrated stories; poems in the reading competition .The whole celebration of literacy week brought much enthusiasm amongst our students and stirred interest towards their academic learning.
In-House Phonics Training
A two day training session on Phonics as a teaching method was undertaken as many newly recruited teachers were unfamiliar with the use of Phonetics in English language teaching. The objective of this training was to make a better understanding on phonics and its usage in classroom for both new and existing teachers .The training started by a discussion by Ms Sadia Zahid about the sounds of English language and how phonics can be more effective than the traditional method for teachers in teaching English to their student. In the second phase of the training Ms Marufa Islam and Ms Sadia Zahid collaboratively illustrated some useful techniques of using phonetics and the likely problems the teacher and students may encounter while using it. Some suggestions were also given that may come handy in dealing with those problem. Both sessions were attended by all on-line teachers and some members of the Research and Development team. They found the training very effective.
Universal Children’s Day 2014:
The United Nations call “Universal Children’s Day” is annually celebrated by JAAGO Foundation, and this year was no different. On 20th November, 12000 volunteers of JAAGO Foundation took 4000 street children on a mission to make that day the most memorable day of their lives. And the day was celebrated in 28 districts of Bangladesh.
The ‘Carnival’ started by providing the children with a delicious yet nutritious meal to give the day a healthy start, moving on to have a basic medical check-up afterwards by trained medical professionals. Then the children were taken through the fun events kept in store for them one at a time. These included amusement rides, puppet shows, Bioscope, and sports. The children were also entertained by stand-up comedians as well as were inspired by speeches made by others. The children, who are normally busy earning a living for themselves, had a well-deserved break from their harsh reality.
Apart from this, throughout the day JAAGO representatives pour in to the streets and raise awareness regarding Child Rights with special focus on Education.
Bonding Between Sponsor Parent and Daughters
Ms. Sanjida wanted to help change the life of a child, and she wouldn’t exchange the feeling of pure gratefulness and friendship her children in JAAGO had given back to her for anything in the world. Sanjida is from the U.K and has been supporting JAAGO Rayer bazar school’s students Kajol and Rumpa for over a year for their education. Sanjida works as the Director of a consulting company in Surrey, U.K during the day, takes care of her household at night, and even then manages to dedicate time for her life’s holy grail – helping underprivileged children stand up on their own two feet. While it’s true that a tiny portion of our earnings (USD 20 / month) help these kids weave their dreams, the love and bonding Sanjida and Rumpa and Kajol feel for each other is something that money can’t buy. As Rumpa and Kajol’s well-wisher / sponsor parent, Sanjida wants to see the girls become such human beings so that when they grow up, they also learn to give to people and transform the community in which they live.
Creativity is Intelligence having Fun
A well-wisher, Mr. Wilkie along with his daughter Jessica and our strong supporter Faiyaz Ahmed Khan joined in with our kids of JAAGO Foundation, Korail, Banani branch to design some T-shirts. JAAGO students spent a remarkable time painting on their T-shirt with fun and bright colors. Try new things are always exciting and challenging for every child. This session has helped the students to play with their imagination and creativity.
Workshop by Mozilla Firefox
Every day we are moving out of the narrow domain of the “geek” to the broader world. In recent years, web development and programming have started to percolate into the general perception of people. It hasn’t become popular “just because”. There is a growing realization that, knowing web development and programming is essential; especially for the growing children as it’s the basic step towards learning technology.
Since JAAGO Foundation is certain of and has been facilitating quality education through technology by the unique idea of “online schooling”; Ed Tech has become an integral part of our learning. And to move beyond, we inspire our children to learn by making. Allowing them to think technology as a tool for creativity rather making it a critical skill, perhaps helping them to understand the building blocks of web.
With the help of “Webmaker” a project of Mozilla who believes that, innovation can come from anyone and are dedicated to spread web-education to every single corner of the society; JAAGO kids have advanced to the future world of technology. Kids excitedly made their own apps, web accounts and shared the knowledge of creating web without limits. This event was just a gateway, a foundation that‘ll help the kids to build anything upon it.
Annual Iftar Evening
Ramdan is the holy and a pious month for the Muslims. This is the month in which we not only experience the hardship the poor people faces, but we also build a bond of humanity with them. Every year JAAGO Foundation organizes an annual Iftar for their students and their respective sponsors, connecting the sponsors and the beneficiaries. Sponsors sit with their sponsored child and exchange their gratitude to each other. A special bond is always visible in that round table. During the annual Iftar, the supporters of the Foundation does not only travel to the past seeing how JAAGO grew, but a glimpse of the future is also made known.
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.
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!
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