Sep 11, 2014

Teacher Development for better Human Development

Training on Professional Development of Teacher
Training on Professional Development of Teacher

The beneficiaries, as they do not have much experience, needed to be trained on how to handle the children coming from disadvantaged background. The children, most of the time is not aware of the rules and means of respect that they should pay to the elderly, in this case the teachers. As a result it becomes quite challenging for the teachers to handle the students properly. So if they could be engaged and ensured that they remained on tasks throughout the classes then the entire classes would be much productive.
In order to achieve this some training sessions were arranged for the teachers of the different branches of JAAGO Foundation which were facilitated to equip the teachers with all the different techniques, tools and knowledge regarding teaching our children. In order to do this we have facilitated various training sessions. A glimpse of them is given below:

1. Training on Professional Development of Teachers provided by SPEED (Services for Professional Education and Enterprise Development)

SPEED is an adult education and training center based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since starting operations in 2005, we have developed a reputation for offering excellent training programs of an international-standard for working professionals.
The teachers of many different branches were imparted a training for eight days. The topics contained the following:

Classroom Management and Control in Classrooms
Strategies for Classroom Management
Understanding how to increase discipline and why behaviors of our children can get disrupted
Motivating children in the classroom
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

Accomplishments
After conducting the training sessions we have found that the teachers have become more motivated in conducting the classes as they now know how to engage the students in the classes. This is because most of the teachers were new in the field of teaching and they were interested to teach in order to help in the kid’s development and to ensure a bright future. So as they got the opportunity to learn about the methods of motivating the children, managing large classrooms, motivating learners coming from a disadvantaged background and engaging them in the classroom, managing discipline in the classrooms consisting of kids who are prone to make disruptions in the classes, assessing the learners throughout the sessions, and so on.

2. Introductory Teachers Development Workshop by JAAGO Trainer

This was conducted in order to ensure that our teachers are well able to get used to the minimal resources that we deal with in order to impart education to our children and how to teach in environments which are not suitable enough for the kids’ education as they are in the middle of slums and less hygienic areas.
Accomplishments
After the training was conducted it was observed that the teachers developed their attitude towards teaching the kids. They were feeling much better about teaching in general as they could overcome many of the challenges such as lack of proper learning environment, limitation of resources, and so on. They could now apply better time management skills within the short span of time.

3. Training on Digital Conduction of Classes by JAAGO Trainer

As Online teaching method is something new and it is taking place the first time in Bangladesh it is so important that the teachers who are conducting the class using this method knows all the procedures and techniques to make this teaching method successful.

Accomplishments:
The teachers were trained on how to conduct the classes digitally. After getting this training the teachers were now more capable of utilizing the technology for teaching. Such development helped in the proper application of the software Webex that helped JAAGO to implement the Online Schooling Program. After this took place the learners were more engaged in the learning process.

Introductory Teachers Development Workshop by J
Introductory Teachers Development Workshop by J
Training on Digital Conduction of Classes by JAAGO
Training on Digital Conduction of Classes by JAAGO
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
 
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