Sep 14, 2020

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile

The Rohingya crisis is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of this century. The government of Bangladesh has already taken many initiatives to secure the lives of one million Rohingyas who have been staying here as refugees for the past three years. Amid all this chaos, maybe we are forgetting that a whole new generation of Rohingya children has been missing out on their childhood. They have hardly got any incentives for a good life, let alone education facilities. For introducing them with a better childhood, JAAGO Foundation started its Safe Haven Project (SHP) for Rohingya children back in 2018. JAAGO has always visioned of a better tomorrow, where every child will get a chance to fulfill their colorful dreams, no matter what background they come from.

The Safe Haven Project aims to provide these disenfranchised children with a safe abode, where they can heal from the trauma of this genocide, where they can experience a normal childhood; where they can participate in various social activities & learning processes.

 

Who are the Rohingya people?

The Rohingya are an ethnic group from Myanmar, the majority of whom are Muslim, unlike the other Burmese people, who mostly practice Buddhism. They lived in the northern part of the Rakhine State for generations. In the 2014’s census in Myanmar, they were not officially recognized as an ethnic group and hence are not eligible to call themselves as the citizens of Myanmar. 

As their legal rights were clearly declined by the state, gradually they became subject to different types of exploitation & abuse such as human trafficking, child labor, child marriage, gender-based oppression, etc. In August 2017, the armed conflict ensued in the Rakhine state, which ultimately turned into a massive genocide and forced the Rohingya to leave their motherland to save their lives.



Rohingya Children: Scapegoats of this crisis

Rohingya children are described as some of the most marginalized on the planet. Approximately half of a million are children in the refugee camps, who have already witnessed a ruthless genocide in such an early stage of their life. Many of them came here alone, witnessing the murder of their dear ones right before their eyes. They were severely traumatized and were in need of immediate medical attention. Later various organizations came forward to help these children heal from their bloody experience. JAAGO’s Safe Haven Project had a similar motive as well.

75% of the newborns are delivered in unsafe and unsanitary shelters. Most of the children suffer from communicable diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections. Acute malnutrition and lack of proper medications are some of the obstacles there to a healthy generation. Most of them are deprived of access to formal education or vocational training and are subject to neglect, abuse, sexual violence, early marriage, etc. These children need your constant love and support to move forward and have a normal life, which Safe Haven is committed to providing them with.

 

JAAGO’s Contribution: The Safe Haven Project (SHP)

Back in 2018, JAAGO felt the importance of creating a safe platform for Rohingya children, suffering from the acute post-traumatic stress disorder. And that’s how the Safe Haven Project started its journey. Now it is providing support to 500 children in Kutupalong camp, where there are 244 boys and 256 girls. This project consists of carefully designed learning processes, suitable for kids living amid such crises and proper counseling to alleviate or counteract post-traumatic stress disorder.

This project focuses on boosting trauma management, cognitive understanding, emotion regulation, social skills development, conflict resolution, and diligence. Ensuring personal protection and proper hygiene lessons are also part of day-to-day activities.

Safe Haven also provides these children with counseling to support their different psychological needs. The goal is to make them feel safe and become a child again. A counselor visits the camp once in a month to have private sessions with the children. Also, local Rohingya staff have been employed to engage with them.

 

Safe Haven Project during this Pandemic

For the last 5 months, all the learning centers were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kutupalong camp was sealed off and all the activities were suspended except food distribution and medical facilities. But our teachers have been in touch with their students and made sure everyone is staying safe. Currently, we are collecting data and making a plan to implement the ‘Tel-Ed’ program into the camp.

Our government has already enabled a 3G/4G network there. So now we are planning to introduce an online teaching-learning process over there after getting approval from RRRC. This process is safe, cost-effective, easy to implement, and has a wonderful monitoring system developed by JAAGO. But in order to introduce this interactive, blended online teaching-learning process over the camp, we need to digitize our learning centers first. 

Our partners and donors previously helped us provide nutritious food to the refugees and immunize them with vaccination. So we are hopeful that you will extend your helping hand this time as well, to resume our educational activities under this program.

 

Gratitude Note

The goal of our project is to provide the Rohingya children with a safe abode, where they can experience a normal life again with the help of proper counseling and quality education. This journey couldn't have been possible without our patrons, NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the path of fulfilling this dream. Thank you for your generous support to our Safe Haven Project, which has been able to put a smile on the faces of 500 Rohingya children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of them. Our current activities still require a lot of support and we are on the way to developing the project even better. So we sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. Your help and support have always inspired us to move forward and do better.

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
Education for Everyone
Education for Everyone
Sep 2, 2020

Be the Light for Underprivileged Children

Empowering Girls through Knowledge
Empowering Girls through Knowledge

Being a first-generation Bangladeshi-American content-creator, activist, and entrepreneur, Nabela has inspired our youth through her amazing work. In 2019 Nabela and her husband, Seth, visited Bangladesh. During that trip, they came to JAAGO’s Banani School, to spend a day with the children and see how JAAGO is changing their lives.

In Arabic, Noor means light. Nabela, being a changemaker, illuminated the youth by launching the ‘Noor House’ program with a goal to sponsor 20 female students from JAAGO schools personally and support them till graduation. She also managed 5 more education sponsorships through her fans and family under this program. Nabela has opened Noor House to her global audience to join in sponsoring a girl child through this project.

 

Challenges Our Girls Face Everyday

Unfortunately today there are still some superstitions and beliefs in our society regarding a girl’s education. Many people still believe that girls should stay at home, do household chores, and look after children. Hence, lots of girls engage themselves with household activities 24/7 from a very young age. Also, a lot of poor families in our country are indifferent to educating their daughters. For them, it is a needless expense and a luxury for that matter. 

This may sound absurd but many girls are forced to drop out of schools due to lack of sanitation facilities. With the poor quality of sanitation facilities and unhygienic toilets at schools, lots of adolescent girls are compelled to drop out every year in South Asia.



Noor House Mission: Her Light Can Change The World

The mission of Noor House is to improve and uplift the lives of underprivileged female children with the light of education. Its goal is to ensure that every girl gets an opportunity to develop herself and her family as a whole with the finest combination of valuable technical skills and knowledge, which this project is aiming to provide. Nabela believes that there is no alternative to education to ensure equal participation of our girls in each and every sector of our society. 

 

When Dream Is to Reach The Sky

Through this project, the female students of the Noor House program will be provided with the tools and facilities to help them escape poverty, raise their standard of living for their whole community and have a healthy and productive life. They will get the education to gain knowledge and skills for a better life and to become self-sufficient and empowered young women. Nabela dreams to create a safe abode for our daughters through her program.

We believe education will give our girls a voice to stand up against all types of gender stereotypes, gender-based oppression, and also physical & domestic violence. Education also promotes better knowledge about family planning, better nutritional knowledge for both the mother and the child, and promotes practices that lead to better overall health. Our girls, this nation’s future mothers, can help us to continue the cycle of education in society and set an example for our future generations as well. Noor House believes to produce a better mother, first, we need to educate our girls.



Support Our Cause

You can support at least one of our student’s monthly education costs under the Noor House program. This education sponsorship will be helping a girl-in-need getting a new school uniform, a new school bag & necessary school supplies. Besides, it will also carry the cost of the weekly nutritious meals and basic medications as well as the cost to run multiple co-curricular activities throughout the year.

 

Note of Appreciation

JAAGO Foundation has always dreamt of a better future where our children will get a safe platform to thrive with their fullest potential, no matter what economic background they come from. And it couldn't have been possible without our NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the journey of fulfilling this dream. Nabela and her contribution have also become an inspiration to JAAGO which will keep us moving forward towards our goal. Thank you for your amazing support which has brought a smile on the faces of our 25 female students. We would love to pay our gratitude to Noor House on behalf of them for helping their dreams fly with colorful wings. 

Empowering Girls through Knowledge
Empowering Girls through Knowledge
Empowering Girls through Education
Empowering Girls through Education
Aug 14, 2020

JAAGO Overcomes the Obstacles of COVID-19

Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away

JAAGO Foundation has been providing quality education to underprivileged children in Bangladesh for the last 13 years. Like every year, students of JAAGO Foundation School have come out victorious in the SSC examinations this year despite having all odds from society. A total of 88 percent of students have passed this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from JAAGO Foundation School. Whereas A total of 82.87 percent of candidates have passed this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations across the country. The gift of education itself is a thing of great privilege for them, and to overcome all obstacles and study in an English version school and achieve such remarkable results, is something straight out of a fairytale.  


Life During COVID- 19 Pandemic: 

Recently, The COVID-19 virus has so far infected millions of people in the world and Bangladesh is no different. To stop the spread of this pandemic, the government initiated a countrywide shutdown of schools, offices, factories, restaurants, etc, and strongly encouraged people to stay home unless it’s an emergency. Like all other industries, education is also facing a great challenge due to this situation. Fortunately, due to innovative technology in education, the JAAGO Foundation has the tools to enable remote learning without having to go to schools or other institutions. In this global pandemic, the foundation has been trying to make sure that the students and their families can survive in this crisis and come back to school. For the past 5 months, JAAGO Foundation has been providing food packages with the help of our 35000 volunteers to all the students’ families and surrounding communities who are from a similar background. 

 

Digital Education Initiative (DEI):

In the second week of the pandemic, JAAGO Foundation who has experience of running Online school or Online Education, recognized by UNESCO, opened it’s Digital Education Initiative (DEI) for everyone. This means at least the middle class can have access to education. Trained teachers sitting in their homes, maintaining social distancing, were teaching thousands of students who are locked down at home. The Government has also appreciated this initiative and has added this to its official website which is created to fight the pandemic. But still, some people are left behind, in the era of “No One Left Behind”. This included thousands of students of JAAGO, for whom a basic internet connection is considered a luxury, let alone a computer, this alternative approach of online education is not possible.

 

Tel- Ed Initiative: 

But despite the DEI Initiative, there were thousands of students who didn’t have access to the internet and computers. To make a difference in the lives of these, JAAGO came up with an innovative approach to providing education to our students. Through their “Tel-Ed” initiative, JAAGO is now operating classes over the voice messaging service and short messaging service.

In this Tel-Ed project, SMS and phone calls are made by trained teachers to every student individually according to their needs. Students have the opportunity to read, write, learn, and understand the concepts with the teacher sitting far away from them. This interactive education model not only helps students overcome their mental health situation but also helps them to learn their academic objectives under the National Curriculum & Textbook Board widely known as NCTB. 

The aim of the initiative is to maintain each student's link with formal schooling and reduce the rate of student dropouts. We hope this will ensure that once things get back to normal, students returning to the classroom will not be overburdened with the process of having to familiarise themselves with the curriculum and the learning process all over again.

 

Response & Impact of Tel-Ed Program:

The father of an Eighth grader lost his job due to COVID-19 and the child had to take a job in order to earn for their living. He requested the teacher to take classes at night so that he can study after work. The teacher confirmed that the student always finishes his homework and shows interest to study further.

 

JAAGO’s Virtual Feedback Summit:

On July 16th, the first-ever, Virtual Feedback Summit was organized for all the employees of JAAGO. Teachers from all JAAGO schools joined and shared their feedback about the current DEI and Tel- Ed system. They raised important concerns and ways of improvement. Moreover, the teachers also conveyed the students’ thoughts about the program.

 

Gratitude Note:

JAAGO Foundation has always dreamt of a better tomorrow where our children, no matter what economic background they come from, will have the opportunity to receive an education. And it couldn't have been possible without our NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the journey of fulfilling this dream. Your help and support have always inspired us to move forward. Thank you for your generous support on our “Free of Cost School for Underprivileged Children” project, which has been able to put a smile on the faces of 3500 underprivileged children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of all JAAGO students, teachers, parents, and employees. Concurrently amid this COVID-19 situation, we would also like to thank our heroic volunteers for their help in distributing relief to the furthest of the country. With you all, we dream of a beautiful future.



Ensuring Food for JAAGO Students during COVID-19
Ensuring Food for JAAGO Students during COVID-19
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
First Virtual Feedback Summit by JAAGO Foundation
First Virtual Feedback Summit by JAAGO Foundation
Digital Education Initiative during COVID-19
Digital Education Initiative during COVID-19
 
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