Oct 19, 2017

JAAGO Orchestrates the Dreamers!

Sohel
Sohel

What is dream? Is it what occurs in our mind during sleep?

No, it is not! At least not to the children of JAAGO Foundation, who know the word dream with a different connotation. To them, dream is something that pushes them to work hard and engage in chasing what they desire to achieve in life. It is what doesn’t let them sleep idly. These children, who are now the dreamers, used to be street urchins or work as child labors until JAAGO happened to them. JAAGO is what has made them start dreaming differently for themselves, their families, and the nation through providing them with cost free quality education. It has currently 11500 dreamers who have 11500 different stories.  

How JAAGO change lives!

Sohel

Student of Standard 10.

Sohel is one of the dreamers, who is studying in Standard 10 at JAAGO Foundation School Rayer Bazar Branch. A farmer’s son, who lost his father at the age of 9 and used to be a house-boy, dreams to be a scientist and work at NASA. In Sohel’s words about his earlier days, “My father was a farmer and poverty was part of my daily life, I neither had a dream nor a purpose to live. At the age of 9, when I was supposed to get love and affection from my parents; my father passed away and tragedy came into my life. My life was changed. When I was supposed to study, I had to leave my home for work in other’s house and earn bread for my family. When I was supposed to get bat for play, a broom was given to me for sweeping the house. When I was supposed to get instruction on my study, I got direction on how to wash a bathroom.”

Like many underprivileged children, Sohel was craving for schooling but this was a day dream for him. He says,” After work when I used to stand by the window, seeing children going to schools in their uniform I always wished to be in their place and study.  So I requested my owner to get me admitted at a school. But there was no suitable school for me, everyone asked for 2000, 4000, taka as school fees but my salary was ¼ of it. And, none wanted to pay the extra amount for me. Then I started looking for a school, which would provide free education.”

Sohel’s life entered to a transitional phase when he got admitted at JAAGO Foundation’s school. JAAGO is precious word to him, as he says, “When I was looking for free school for me, suddenly like a dream, I heard about JAAGO. So, I went to JAAGO with my owner’s daughter. When she heard that its free here, she got me admitted and a new chapter of my life was open. If JAAGO was not there, I would remain a household worker. JAAGO has given me a new dream, taught me to dream big to achieve it. Now, I have a dream and chosen the way of my life. I want to be a scientist and work at NASA. I will always remain grateful to JAAGO. I don’t want to be rich but a man with knowledge. And that is what JAAGO teaches us. Love you JAAGO.”  

Many children like Sohel are moving here and there and living miserable life. JAAGO, in its endeavor, seeks to bring every one of them under the light of quality education which would make them dreamers, equip with skills, make employable and empower financially. This would ultimately make Bangladesh how we dream it to be. JAAGO, being a non-profit organization, has been working with this vision since the inception of its journey. It wants to make more dreamers like Sohel and help them realize their dreams by providing comprehensive quality education.  

Spelling Bee Competition

JAAGO believes that language efficiency is indispensable for the students to comprehend the lessons and acquire communicative skills. As it has been providing international standard quality education to its students with the aim to make them competent for competition both in national and global levels, permeating language proficiency is always a priority. JAAGO organized Bangla and English Spelling Competition during the 3rd quarter of the year to sharpen students’ sense of spelling for the first time.  Children from Cl-1 to Cl-4 participated in the competition based on their Texts (high frequency words). There were total three rounds. All students of each class participated in the Word Dictation competition on primary round. After the other two rounds, three winners were selected from each class. Event of this kind was held in JAAGO for the first time. Having seen its prospects, the school administration wishes to expand the competition from next year, where the students of 13 schools will compete with their classmates. Competitions will also take place both in intra and inter school levels.

A day dedicated for our Teachers!    

Respect for the elders and endearment for the youngers is a universal socializing practice encouraged in all ideologies and civilizations. Students of JAAGO are taught such practices, respecting the teachers and parents along with all the elders, so that they can be groomed as the best social beings regardless of their family backgrounds. These values are included in the lesson plannings of the teachers. Our students love their teachers with immense respects. Because, they are not merely the mentors to the children but the idols and makers of their dreams, who hold them with much needed care and groom in the friendliest way.

Moreover, JAAGO’s teachers have always been a key integral part of its march to cater to the educational needs of the children from underprivileged and impoverished background, which is why the administration and students feel the teachers are special. They celebrated the last Techers’ Day very ostentatiously by arranging programs where the students handed over cards  to the teachers they made for conveying their respect, gratitude, and wishes. All the students made cards but they could not meet all their teachers in person, as 10 of 13 JAAGO schools are online. The online school students chatted with the teachers and wished them via video-conference. They also gave the “thank you cards” to the class facilitators in the school end. JAAGO Foundation’s first school, Rayerbazar school, is located nearby the online teachers’ center. Students of this school planned to surprise the online teachers as they were missing physical presence of their immediate students, which they executed on that day. Seeing the enthusiasm among students, school management made video messages to convey their wishes and to all the teachers.

Classroom Marketing

JAAGO believes in the proverb, ‘industry is the mother of good luck and prosperity.’ It gives huge emphasis on disseminating proneness among the students to be hardworking, disciplined, and attentive to study. These are the indispensable personal attributes one needs to have to be successful in life by acquiring skills and using them. Since JAAGO’s students come from different backgrounds; some with trauma of losing parents, memories of heavy torture on mother or even abuses at early age, it has to adapt multifold strategies to grow them with intelligence and sensibilities,and make them attentive in classroom.

Moreover, the aim of JAAGO is to break the cycle of poverty through education, which cannot be realized if students do not become equipped with skills to empower themselves both morally and financially receiving quality education at its schools. From these necessities, JAAGO has introduced the concept of classroom marketing to make the children passionate about achieving their targets, patient to work hard, discipline to act accordingly. The idea denotes that the students will buy things from the market set in classroom by the teachers in exchange of the stars they achieve through their class performances and homeworks. It also helps them become more disciplined and attentive to complete their homeworks regularly, as they are motivated with the more stars you earn the more favorite educational materials you will be able to buy.. As part of that initiative, an event of classroom marketing was arranged in the 3rd quarter of this year. Students enjoyed purchasing pens, pencils, skipping ropes, game items etc., from the classroom market spending the stars they earned throughout the whole quarter by performing in classes and doing homeworks accordingly. The initiative has been proven successful, as the students remained disciplined in classroom, attentive to learn the lessons, and enthused to complete the given task so that they could buy more thing from the class market. JAAGO plans to carry this forward to enhance children’s participation in classroom and create them as skillful generations.  

Thank You Note

As Helen Keller said, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’. All our supporters and sponsors have their share in our journey and success. So we thank you all for being with us in our mission to make this world a better place.

Spelling Bee Competition
Spelling Bee Competition
A day dedicated for our Teachers!
A day dedicated for our Teachers!
Classroom Marketing
Classroom Marketing
Jul 21, 2017

JAAGO marked 10 years

Meeting His Highness Prince Charles, Mosaic Award
Meeting His Highness Prince Charles, Mosaic Award

JAAGO’s achievements of 10 years

2017 marked  JAAGO Foundation’s 10th year in its journey to provide the free of cost quality education to the underprivileged children of Bangladesh. The journey has been far from easy yet after 10 years, when our students proudly say that JAAGO has given them hope for a better future while they excel at public examinations and extra-curricular activities, these give us encouragement to continue our endeavour.

In the first few days, the underprivileged children who enrol at JAAGO schools are burdened by extreme poverty and it shows in their faces as they lack hope for their future. However, JAAGO’s way of nurturing its students soon turn them into visionary human beings which is evident in the way they present themselves in every social situation. After 10 years, these children are now empowered who believe they can change their fate as well as their families'.

The change is also significant in the local communities where JAAGO schools operate. When JAAGO started its journey, the communities were reluctant to open up to yet another organization which wanted to change their lives. But seeing the people of JAAGO’s unwavering commitment and dedication to improve lives of not only its students but also their families, these communities have slowly realized the impact JAAGO’s school program was having to promote social cohesion.

It’s rewarding to realize that JAAGO’s commitment to its cause is not only recognized by the students and their families but also different local and international organizations which have praised JAAGO’s 10 years of work. So far, JAAGO was awarded UNESCO King Hamad’s use of ICTs in Education, Global Development Network’s ‘Most Innovative Development Project’, Manthan Award 2015- Special Jury mention for developing an interactive video-conferencing software for its online schools, Mr. Korvi Rakshand, JAAGO’s Founder as 'Top 99 under 33 Influential Foreign Policy Leaders and 'Top 10 Most Inspiring Bangladeshis' 2013 and Mosaic International Award 2010.

Reading and Writing Competition

Education, confined within syllabus based schooling, isn’t enough to grow a child as a complete human being, which is why the necessity of extracurricular activities is undeniable. To cater to this need, JAAGO recently hosted a Reading and Writing competition in its 13 schools for all the students.

For the writing competition, students were asked to write on some specific topics selected by the teachers, such as, First day at school, Eid holiday, My dream house, My aim in life, A Winter morning, and so on, while they were asked to read from their English and Bengali textbooks during the reading competition. JAAGO’s school management team took this initiative because we believe writing competition can hone children’s imagination power while the reading competition can improve communication and enunciation skills.

The top 3 performers of both the competitions were awarded in each class and all the students had fun throughout the events.   

Business Club

As JAAGO Foundation educates the children with the maintenance of high quality and patronizes their innovative ideas, we encourage students to apply their learning in practical situations. Recently, the students of Business Studies group at JAAGO’s Rayer Bazar school have formed a business club to generate new ideas for entrepreneurship and exert their learning from textbooks. As the club’s first initiative, the students have carried out a class project on how to build an organization, produce different products, and develop a marketing plan to sell them. They showcased their project at the school premises which highly mesmerized the visitors. The visitors encouraged the Business Club’s innovative work, as it promotes entrepreneurship which could be a source of income among the underprivileged.

Debate Competition

JAAGO believes that permeating logical thinking among the children is indispensible to help them flourish with knowledge as Richard Dawkins, a well-known evolutionary biologist, says, “Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.”

From this belief, JAAGO collaborated with Bangladesh Debate Warriors (BDW), a renowned debating organization in the country, to instill debating skill among its students. Having worked with the JAAGO’s senior students just for a year, BDW has formed a debating club JAAGO-BDW School of Debate.

Recently, a five-member debating team from this club participated in the ‘2nd National Business Genius Bangladesh on International Tourism & Hospitality - 2017’ where JAAGO’s debaters became runners up while competing against Bangladesh’s one of the top ranked schools for education and debating skills. Not only this, Lenin, a student of 10th Grade, won the Best Debater of the Year 2016-17 Award. Both of these achievements were a great feather in our cap as this makes it evident that the quality gap between children from wealthy and poverty-stricken families, in terms of education and extracurricular skills, can be bridged if we can do our part by supporting the education of the underprivileged

How JAAGO change lives!

Md. Lelin

Standard 10

My father is a rickshaw-puller and mother is a small service holder. However, my family’s financial condition is not very good. When I was young, I did not get my parents close to me, as they were working hard to earn money for our living. I belong to a poverty stricken family, yet I can proudly say that my parents are very good human beings and I am proud of them. Even though it’s very hard to pull a rickshaw under the scorching heat, my father helps 100’s of people by his service.  

There was a time when I had no dreams, but now I dream of making my parents proud. I dream of making a better society for ourselves. And the reason is something unbelievable-  JAAGO happened to me. What is JAAGO? For me, it is my second home where I started my life. I have been studying in JAAGO since 2007 and it seems I have entered into a new world with a new life. Now, a rickshaw-puller’s son dreams of becoming a marine engineer. JAAGO taught me that being rich is not how much you have but how much you give. It taught me that happiness lies in love and one should always keep on spreading it. JAAGO is a continuous driving force of my life and the key to reach my dreams. I can proudly say that I have found my paradise on earth where I have been taught to dream as big as I want. I will be belonging to JAAGO forever, no matter where I go in future. It is such a place for me, where I find unremitting peace.

Thank You

We convey our profoundest gratitude to the corporate partners, national and international child sponsors, donor agencies and supporters from different fields, without who this journey wouldn’t have come this far and reach the milestone with remarkable success in changing the lives of the underprivileged children. We also urge them to continue their invaluable support to this humanitarian cause so that our organization can make sure each child in every corner of the country and perhaps beyond receives quality education to rescue themselves from the curse of poverty in days to come. Stand with us to withstand odds falling onto our children!      

Reading & writing competition
Reading & writing competition
Business club
Business club
Debate competition
Debate competition
How JAAGO changes  lives; Lelin
How JAAGO changes lives; Lelin's testimony
Apr 25, 2017

Rise above the hurdles!

UNESCO King Hamad Award
UNESCO King Hamad Award

UNESCO King Hamad Prize in Bangladesh

JAAGO Foundation received “The 2016 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize” in recognition of its “Online School” project for innovative use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the field of Education.

The theme for this year’s the UNESCO (United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) King Hamad Prize recognized the urgent need to respond to major obstacles that lie in the path of the most vulnerable populations with regard to equitable and inclusive access to quality education and lifelong learning.

JAAGO Foundation had been reaching underprivileged children in rural areas of Bangladesh through its’ Online School program that provides learners with high-quality courses through interactive video-conferencing. Instruction, covering English, Bengali, and mathematics, as well as natural and social sciences, is delivered by highly trained teachers based in the capital. With 2,500 annual beneficiaries in 13 schools, JAAGO Foundation aims to help bridge the educational quality gap between urban and rural students in Bangladesh.

A Fairytale visit of the Princess of Denmark

Fatema’s father died when she was in Class 5.This shattered all her future dreams, hopes of continuing her studies and building a better future for her. But JAAGO Foundation, where she was studying free of cost at that time could not let this happen. It gave her the confidence to overcome her condition and continue to reach for her dreams. JAAGO Foundation gave her a job as a teacher’s assistant at the school and helped her in every other ways, so that she can continue her studies. Now a class 10 student of JAAGO Foundation Rayer Bazar School branch, she is much more confident and aspires to be a civil engineer in future. Listening the story of her struggle and achievements from Fatema herself at the presentation, Mary Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess of Denmark could not hold her tears.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth of Denmark, His Excellence Mikael Hemniti Winther, Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh and some distinguishable delegates from Denmark, Danish Embassy to Bangladesh and Plan International Bangladesh paid a visit to JAAGO Foundation on the 6th April, 2017.

There when asked by a student why “Denmark is the happiest country of the world” according to the World Happiness Report 2016, United Nations, she replied her country has been able to achieve this success as her people trust the country’s institutions, their leaders and believes in gender equality. And she definitely believes Bangladesh has all these potentials and if practiced properly can come out as a much successful, happier country.

Agricultural Project Exhibition

Agriculture is the backbone of Bangladesh. It is the main source of national income for our country. To emphasize the importance and show a practical presentation on different sectors of the agricultural field of our country, the students of class 8 of JAAGO Foundation Rayer Bazar School branch displayed some projects as part of one of their assignments today.

They displayed their beautiful and well thought projects in four groups, covering different topics like- Greenhouse effect, Irrigation, Different diseases of plants and the better use of fertilizers. The students showed much effort and brilliantly put forwarded their detailed projects. They made the projects looked so real not with the project work but also with the traditional colorful attire.

10th year anniversary of JAAGO

JAAGO turned 10 this year! It was a roller coaster ride during this long journey and who else knows the struggles better than the students of JAAGO! All the students of 13 branches of JAAGO schools celebrated the 10th year anniversary of JAAGO with their parents on the day of Bengali New Year.

The students invited their parents to their schools and received them with warm greetings and badges. The little angels decorated their schools by their own even they hosted the whole program and showed their parents what impact JAAGO is putting on their life and how JAAGO is changing their dreams.

The students from all grades of all 13 branches arranged cultural programs and hosted by their own. They showed their parents some videos and documentaries on JAAGO and performed rhymes, songs in front of their parents and teachers.

The students made the 10th year anniversary of JAAGO so colorful on the occasion of Bengali New Year that it looked like the whole Bangladesh was celebrating with them! For JAAGO family, spirit of this happiness captivated them throughout the week.

Thank You

We strongly thank all our supporters for being our shade throughout this journey. This was only possible only because we stood by each other. Only thanking you will not suffice of what you have done for us. Stay with us and let’s celebrate the change, together.

Princess of Denmark visits JAAGO
Princess of Denmark visits JAAGO
Agricultural Project
Agricultural Project
10 Year Celebration
10 Year Celebration

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