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Dec 11, 2014

Intellectual Growth Through Dance, Drama & IT.

Drama on Liberation War
Drama on Liberation War

Drama on Liberation War:

On 23rd October 2014 in JAAGO foundation, the students of Rayer Bazar School re-enacted the cultural, economic and political suffering of the people of Bangladesh which led to its liberation war in 1971. As part of the curriculum the students of standard 7 gave a presentation on liberation war of Bangladesh; prepared within 20 minutes in their classes. The students staged two dramas portraying two different issues. The issues were “Culture and Politics”, “Economy and Defence”. Each participant gave animated performances using posters, costumes and dialogues. One winner was announced, although all the performances griped the audience’s attention strongly.

Happiness is Getting New Books:

We don’t remember much of what we read in our school books back in our childhood but we do remember how we all looked forward to holding and smelling the fresh new books right? The colourful new books filled our young mind with new anticipation and a sense of stepping up on a new threshold of life. But what is a common memory for all of us is a rare reality for the underprivileged children for whom basic education comes with a struggle. But the children of JAAGO Foundation in all its branches got their share of moments of getting new books and copies when Shanta properties Ltd. and all other people gave Zakat during the “Ramadan Drive” and enabled us to buy new books and copies for the students for the upcoming academic session of our school. May the coming of new books bring a brand new learning experience for our kids!

Life Changing Initiative through IT:

Technology improves education to a great extent and it has now become a need for revolutionizing education for the better. To integrate  technology across the curriculum to enhance the learning process JAAGO Banani School opened a brand new It lab for its student with the support of A-Tex International Ltd. Now students of Banani branch can learn while they play in the lab. The classroom study is no more restricted to the pages of their school books now that they have computer access where they will learn in three dimensional way-listening, watching and playing. The opening of this new IT lab at JAAGO Banani School marks the addition of another stepping stone to the bridge that helps us to provide our children with the latest and most advanced way to enlighten them. Now technology has become another easy tool for these underprivileged children to explore the world of knowledge and learn in every step.

Dancing with Next Level:

The American artists of ‘Next Level’ visited JAAGO recently and grooved up the children by performing some of their hip hop numbers and even teaching some dance steps .This may not sound very special to us but it was respite for these children who are hard pressed to struggle for their basic rights and who hardly get any opportunity to see the brighter side of life. “Next Level” is an initiative of U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina’s Department of music that promotes international cultural exchange and conflict resolution through hip-hop music and dance.

The artists that paid a visit to our children inspired   our children towards the world of music and opened up opportunities that are so hard to come by. One of the artists was so mesmerized by the children’s enthusiasm towards dancing, that she decided to conduct dancing classes online through Skype especially for the children of JAAGO Foundation.

Happiness is Getting New Books
Happiness is Getting New Books
Life Changing Initiative through IT
Life Changing Initiative through IT
Dancing with Next Level
Dancing with Next Level
Dec 11, 2014

Equipping With State-of-art Teaching Methodology

Training of New Teacher
Training of New Teacher

Training of New Teacher

JAAGO foundation arranges training program for its new teachers to get them familiar with the rules and regulation of our schools. This is an initiative where the new teachers get acquainted with JAAGO foundation’s cultures and the motive of JAAGO so that the new teachers could better relate themselves with our causes and thus make their best effort in achieving those causes. As a part of that, they are also taken through various cases and challenges that JAAGO faces while dealing with the children of the underprivileged community. This type of training sessions also help new and less experienced teachers to build up the knowledge and confidence required to handle our students efficiently.

Training on Classroom Management and Teaching Methodology:

The training consists of familiarizing the teachers about the overall responsibility that are expected from them and the types of activity they are required to do. For instance they are briefed on how to handle the students in large classrooms like that of JAAGO's. They learnt about the resources and time management including designing interactive lesson plans for the children since the teachers will be responsible for designing the lesson plan in such a way that that brings better learning capacity for the student’s part.

Multiple Intelligence:

Training was conducted for the Online Teachers of ‘Online Schooling Program (OSP)’ of JAAGO Foundation on the 'Theory of Multiple Intelligence'. This was aimed to help them learn about the different methods that a teacher can use (according to the theory) in order to teach the learners in his/her classroom in more effective ways. There were about 8 OSP teachers who role played as learners in the session to give a demo.

The output was good as the teachers reported later that the learners' engagement and retention’ enhanced as a result of application of this theory in the classroom.

Training on Classroom Management & Teaching Method
Training on Classroom Management & Teaching Method
Multiple Intelligence
Multiple Intelligence
Dec 11, 2014

Learning by Playing

Playing with Mud
Playing with Mud

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. 

Literacy Week
Literacy Week
In-House Phonics Training
In-House Phonics Training
Universal Children's Day 2014
Universal Children's Day 2014
 
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