The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Spreeha Foundation.
I have visited several schools are India and Bangladesh, but Spreeha kids seem particularly jazzed about school as they interact with their teachers and schools. I got to learn about a neat early childhood development model which uses cards that combine images and text so that kids grasp concept immediately. You can see the enthusiasm in the photos as they guess which card corresponds to the alphabet.
The schools are in small rooms in densely populated slums, but seem to be the center of attraction as other kids peep in to see what is going on, or mothers walk around interacting with the Spreeha staff. As we walked around, I even found a Spreeha kid who was more than happy to show off his textbook as we walked around other homes.
It’s not just the kids that love school but also Spreeha’s older kids who learn advanced computer skills such as animation and digital design. Spreeha is probably one of the most technologically sophisticated NGO’s in general as they use open source learning software as part of their curriculum, they have a host of techie course such as animation where kids actually create content and they have remote audio-video machine for ENT diagnosis where doctors can interact with rural patients sitting in Spreeha’s office. It can’t get better than this for an engineer like me! These kids are going to be well set to take on the current market as they develop useful skills as well as confidence.
Let's Build a Library
Our story today is about building a library - Spreeha organized a tour of the National Book Fair, which takes place over the entire month of February each year in Bangladesh. The tour, “Let’s go to the book fair” (Cholo Boi Mêla-ae Jai), was an initiative to enhance the scholastic interest among underprivileged students in the Spreeha education programs. 57 children joined the event. The children then visited stalls in the fair, bought books and finished their lunch at the Bangla Academy cafeteria. Spreeha provided an allowance to buy books of their choice. Once done with their own copy, the books will be used to build a library. Yes, a library – in the Spreeha school facilities, created by the students, for the students. Read more at - http://spreeha.org/2014/04/12/lets-build-a-library/
Lights, Camera, Action!
A volunteer team from GraphicPeople|SoftwarePeople conducted an orientation workshop in Spreeha. The main purpose of the workshop was to identify children’s and adolescents interest and aptitude on learning various extra-curricular activities.
At the end of the workshop a total of 60 adolescents and Spreeha staff were selected to receive training on Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Photography, Art and Music. These training will be run under Spreeha’s Empowerment Program. The volunteer team was led by Mahenaz Chowdhury, Coordinator – Talent Management at GraphicPeople|SoftwarePeople.
Spreeha provides education and training for youth who live in urban slums. Our education program provides afterschool tutorial support to 1-12 graders to help them successfully complete their education as well as pre-schooling for 3-5 year-olds. Additionally, our training program provides appropriate training and consultation to the youth to prepare them to compete in current market condition.
Spreeha has completed building new pre-school facilities with a total of three sessions between morning, noon and afternoon. Spreeha’s after-school center hosts a diverse and high-poverty student population in grades 1 – 12 from its surrounding slums. Despite their adverse surroundings and unfavorable factors, students attending the center have far exceeded everyone’s academic expectations, including their own.
In December 2013, Spreeha established a new Computer Lab with a capacity of accommodating 12 trainees. The lab consists of 6 Desktop PCs, 6 Laptops and Multimedia Projector. We have started conducting 15 days long Basic Computer Training for students and teachers starting in December 2013. In February 2014, we started a 3-month Computer Graphics course for the slum youth. Besides, we are preparing 3 more training modules for computer training.
Completed building 3 new pre-schools
Total students in the education programs: 538
Photography, arts and music courses
30 girls in adolescent girls club
Computer club with internet access and learning tools
Basic Computer Training Courses
Computer Graphics course for the slum youth
Our story today is about two sisters - Afsana and Afrin; a true story about resilience in the face of adversity. "I would like to be a photographer in the future. Please pray for me” says Afrin, the second of the four and a tenth grader. “After becoming a journalist, I want to unveil the tragic tales of our impoverished people," she adds. Despite little to no financial support from their parents, today Afrin is determined to materialize her dreams because she has Spreeha beside her. Afrin is a regular at Spreeha’s after-school tutoring center and at the same time, earns a living by teaching little kids at the Spreeha preschool. To read more visit http://spreeha.org/2014/03/08/a-tale-of-two-sisters/
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