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Jun 16, 2014

Educate to Build a Brighter Future

Passing with flying colours- Graduation Ceremony
Passing with flying colours- Graduation Ceremony

Recently celebrating our seven year anniversary, we are deeply proud of the progress that JAAGO Foundation has made in building a Bangladesh with equal opportunities for all. Our central focus has been on providing international standard education to the nation's most impoverished children, and beginning with one room and 17 kids, it is only owing to the generosity and continued support of our donors that we have made such meaningful, tangible progress, now with eight successful schools countrywide, and 1400 students.

 What's been going on?

So far this year, our students have been flourishing both academically and creatively: thank you for your continued help in shaping young minds. 

Passing with flying colours

From a young age, many children living below the poverty line are forced to accept a fate of hunger, exploitation and destitution, without challenges, dreams, or hope. With JAAGO School, the fabric of their future is changing. We recently held the graduation ceremony for our Primary Education Completion exams, for which our 29 students received outstanding results: not only did they achieve a 100% pass rate, but the majority also scored the equivalent of an A+.

In other wonderful news, our 80 sharp minded kindergarten kids have progressed from KG2 Pre-Primary to Primary Class 1, through passing our internal assessments – a huge well done! 

Green activities for World Environment Day

On Thursday 5th June, JAAGO students across Bangladesh celebrated World Environment Day by watching a documentary to raise awareness of issues such as global warming and the importance of looking after our planet.

Following this, our kids got creative and drew beautiful pictures to show what they had learnt and express their care for the environment. “Brick fields pollute our environment - plant trees and save our environment!” said Rony from class 2, holding up his colourful drawing to show the effects of pollution.

Photography fun

Back in February, we were honoured to be visited by professional photojournalist Prito Reza, who dedicated his valuable time to organising a workshop for JAAGO children, during which they learnt about the art of photography. After the session, they had the opportunity to shoot some snaps themselves, and got to experience fun from both sides of the lens.

Next Steps

It is a continual pleasure to witness these young minds germinating; to provide those who have been caught up in the tide of poverty an opportunity to escape the life they were born into, and capitalise on their dreams. Through the power of education, we are paving the way for our young generation to build a better Bangladesh.

We have come a long way, but our ambitions are high: we aspire to establish a school in each of Bangladesh's 64 districts, eradicating the country's staggering 43% illiteracy rate and creating a brighter, more prosperous future for the nation's most deprived kids. 

Child Welfare Department Testimonial:

Our current activities still require a great deal of support. Running the only free-of-cost English medium schools in Bangladesh, we are an invaluable educational resource to children from disadvantaged families. Through our Sponsor a Child program, we connect our children with a guardian sponsor; a kind hearted individual from outside their family who will act as a role model and mentor throughout their education.

Relationship Officer Nayeem Arefin manages these relationships and facilitates correspondence between children and sponsors:

“I deal with the queries, forward their messages such as letters and gifts to the kids, arrange online or real-life tête–à–tête between the kids and sponsors, keep a watchful eye on each student's academic and moral progress, and relay the student's academic or health update to the sponsor. At JAAGO, the sponsors bring their hope, the kids come with their bright eyes flaunting their ambitions, and we bring our work to make our rebellious dream a reality - to build an illiteracy free Bangladesh by educating the impoverished children who don't have access to education.”

Green activities for World Environment Day
Green activities for World Environment Day
Photography fun
Photography fun
The precious connection between sponsor and child
The precious connection between sponsor and child
Jun 16, 2014

Creativity and sparkle at JAAGO Foundation

The JAAGO Journey
The JAAGO Journey

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.

Celebrating Student Success
Celebrating Student Success
Life lessons for JAAGO students
Life lessons for JAAGO students
Getting creative
Getting creative
Jun 9, 2014

Teacher Development for Brighter Futures

Training on Professional Development of Teachers
Training on Professional Development of Teachers

Teaching at JAAGO Foundation

At JAAGO we work hard to provide access to quality education for all; but often in Bangladesh recruiting and retaining quality teachers can prove tough. As a non-profit organization with limited resources, JAAGO struggles to compete with larger private schoolswho are able to pay higher salaries and provide additional resources.Furthermore, at JAAGO we cater for the underprivileged children of Bangladesh who can often be challenging to handle in the classroom as they have little understanding of rules and means of respect.

 These issues can make teaching at JAAGO challengingand demanding, and therefore JAAGO is working to provide opportunities for our teachers to develop. Through support, information and discussion JAAGO’s teachers will be able to provide quality education to the impoverished children of Bangladesh.

Teacher Training

In order to provide this quality education to our students, we organised a comprehensive teacher development program to train and support our teachers.

This program was facilitated by income generated through Global Giving, to provide a training session on the professional development of teachers facilitated by SPEED (Services for Professional Education and Enterprise Development).SPEED is an adult education and training centre, with 9 years’ experience in providing international-standard training programs to working professionals. The funds generated meant that JAAGO Foundation was able to provide 30 teachers from different branches with an eight day training course involving:

 

  • Classroom Management and Control
  • Understanding how to increase discipline and why children act disruptively
  • Motivating children in the classroom
  • Strategies for Classroom Management
  • How to praise children so as to motivate them
  • Professionalism 
  • Characteristics of an Ideal Teacher 
  • Creating a Positive Learning Experience
  • Methods of Assessing the Learners

The raised funds supported this program which had a significant impact on the performance of not only our teachers, but also our students.

Impact

Since the launch of the program, we have seen significant improvements in our teachers’ motivation and engagement with students. Since the training, the 30 teachers have implemented new teaching techniques within the classrooms and are becoming much more creative with their lesson plans.

Previous to the training session, teachers lacked motivation and incentives; however since the SPEED program was launched our teachers have become more imaginative and driven to provide quality education to our students. Furthermore our studentsare more engaged in the classroom and inspired to learn.

 We asked Zahinatul Islam how he thought the training had influenced his teaching: “As a newbie in teaching, SPEED training really helped me a lot to sharpen up my skills as a teacher.The training taught me about class management, teaching techniques and how to give lectures in an effective way.”

Group Discussion during Training
Group Discussion during Training
 
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