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
Mar 20, 2014

The Pay Off!

Our Star Student
Our Star Student

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!

Primary Education Completion Examination success
Primary Education Completion Examination success
Delicious Treats and Essentials
Delicious Treats and Essentials
International Mother Language Day 2014
International Mother Language Day 2014
U.S. Soccer stars at JAAGO
U.S. Soccer stars at JAAGO
 
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