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Educate A Girl

by JAAGO Foundation
Educate A Girl
Rebuilding a New Normal for Girl's Education
Rebuilding a New Normal for Girl's Education

The world currently is facing the deadliest infectious virus- COVID 19 or Coronavirus as we widely know it. Countries all around the world are taking necessary steps to combat this virus which has affected and taken thousands of lives. Slowly but steadily the virus has reached our beloved country, Bangladesh. In a country like ours, it is imperative that we take all precautions to prevent the virus from spreading as we do not have sufficient healthcare facilities.

During this pandemic, the educational institutes have been closed by the order of the Government of Bangladesh to stop spreading the virus among students. As much as we know this is a very significant step in preventing Coronavirus, it is also a drastic step considering the education of children and young adults. While it might be true that students will be safer or better off staying at home than mixing with others in the classroom. The reality, however, is that for millions of girls and young women, particularly those in the world’s least developed countries, school shutdowns bring many other risks, among which we can assume the dropout rate to be very noteworthy. 

COVID: A Potential Threat to Girls' Education

Girls are 1.5 times more likely than boys to be completely excluded from primary education, and at the end of 2015 less than half of all countries had achieved gender parity in education at secondary level. Currently around the world, one hundred and thirty million girls are not in education. Fifteen million are expected to never enroll at all.

One major group of people who are already disadvantaged during the pandemic are adolescent girls. Girls everywhere are undervalued, undermined and underestimated When their education is interrupted, there is a greater risk of impact. With these issues in mind, and the knowledge that girls are less likely to return to school after a prolonged absence, education authorities must take steps to avoid a disastrous reversal of the recent progress made in girls’ and women’s learning.

JAAGO towards innovative solutions

In Bangladesh the current Government’s vision is “Digital Bangladesh” and like other governments, they also took the initiative of teaching students by broadcasting pre-recorded lessons through television. Along with that, some private schools, with students mainly belonging to the higher class of the society, have started teaching students using internet and video conferencing softwares like Zoom and WebEx. But students’ belonging to the disadvantaged class, the underprivileged community are having a tough time to survive, let alone continue their education.  

Since the past 13 years, JAAGO Foundation has been providing quality education to underprivileged children in Bangladesh and also ensuring that the students and their families can survive in this crisis and come back to school. For the last 2 months, JAAGO Foundation has been providing food packages and other essentials to all the students’ families and surrounding communities who are from a similar back.

It is very recent JAAGO has come up with an innovative approach to tackle the problem in interrupted education and launched “Tel-Ed”. Through their “Tel-Ed” initiative, JAAGO will is operating classes over the voice messaging service and short messaging service. SMS and phone calls are being made by trained teachers to every student individually according to their needs. We believe, students will have the opportunity to read, write, learn and understand the concepts with the teacher seating far away from them.

This interactive education model will not only help students overcome their mental health situation but will also help them to learn their academic objectives under the National Curriculum & Textbook Board widely known as NCTB. The aim of the initiative is to maintain each student’s link with formal schooling and reduce the rate of student dropouts. We are majorly distressed about girl’s education and whether they will benefit from these distance learning solutions but this is the most approachable and targeted measure we could come up with to ensure that as many female learners are in touch with education and can return back to schools when it reopens.

Thank You Note

The past few months have been majorly distressing for people all around the world. Despite this, we have received tremendous support from you. We are always grateful to you, our donors, who make all our work possible with their love and contribution. We believe, together we can build a peaceful world where inequality will be diminished through all our efforts! 

COVID: A Potential Threat to Girls' Education
COVID: A Potential Threat to Girls' Education
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
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Girls Hold Up Half of The Sky
Girls Hold Up Half of The Sky

In recent years there has been immense progress in the world, but one area still hasn’t been able to make its way through women’s education. Women usually fall behind because of the patriarchal norms held by the societies they belong to, which keeps them from accessing the same education as their male counterparts. JAAGO Foundation aims to break this taboo and give women the right they deserve. At JAAGO School, girls are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities  and help them find their true identity. Therefore, at JAAGO, girls are given knowledge and skills to become confident and resilient women. We believe girls are half of the population and they hold up half of the sky.

 

Inspiring Girls Participation in Sports

Apart from enhancing their intellectual capacity through books, women need to be able to build up their character, be a teamplayer and have great discipline. All of which can be achieved when they invest their time in sports and create a sense of leadership. JAAGO has recently collaborated with Desi Ballers, a nonprofit organization working to create a platform for women and girls to be empowered through basketball. 

Desi Ballers and JAAGO teamed up to create a friendly tournament which was held a few weeks ago. 30 girls from JAAGO’s Rayer Bazar School participated in the tournament that took place which helped them learn about sportsmanship, time management, taking charge and respecting others.

 

Connecting with Internationally Successful Personalities 

Women are mostly undermined and neglected. They are derived from the basic right to an education, which leads them to be powerless and having the independence to make any decision for themselves. Needless to say that women are stereotyped and usually thought of the lower gender. To empower girls and make them worthy of something in life, Nabeela Noor is opening the program to her global audience to join in sponsoring a girl child through ‘Noor House’. 

Nabeela Noor is a first generation Bangladeshi-American creator, activist and entrepreneur who voices for women empowerment has recently partnered with JAAGO Foundation by sponsoring 20 girls (aged 5-6 years old) through graduation. This means that the sponsored girls will have quality education, nutritious food, uniforms, all things need to have a proper education  and most importantly a dignified identity.

 

Thank You Note 

We want to express our gratitude to the donors of this project as they are not only gifting female children with the opportunity to receive education but also pave a way for them to bring a sustainable change in their community, and in turn the country in the future. 

Inspiring Girls Participation in Sports
Inspiring Girls Participation in Sports
Connecting with Internationally Successful Persona
Connecting with Internationally Successful Persona
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JAAGO recognises that the future of our nation lies in the hands of the girls in our country, therefore JAAGO strives to ensure that we give our students the best chance. JAAGO works to give our girls something that can never be taken away from them - an education. As Michelle Obama once said “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous”. While formal education in traditional subjects (such as maths, english etc.) are important, to assure the success of our students JAAGO takes a more holistic approach. Placing an emphasis on life skills such as financial literacy and sanitation. Thus, allowing our female students at JAAGO to be more than just academically successful.   

 

Teaching Girls to have Financial Control over their Lives 

The World Bank has stressed the importance of financial inclusion in being a key enabler in reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity. JAAGO has recently collaborated with the Mutual Trust Bank (MTB) in Bangladesh to introduce a new program called ‘MTB ANKUR’ (translating to MTB Seedlings), which will allow JAAGO students in our Rayer Bazar and Banani schools to open their own savings account without service or maintenance costs. 

Studies show that when a woman controls her own finances, she invests in health, nutrition and the education of her family - investments that has the ability to create intergenerational change with a ripple effect in her community. For women, particularly those with low incomes, saving accounts are a complete game changer. 

JAAGO’s collaboration with MTB will teach our students the importance of savings and how it can be used to facilitate not only day-to-day living but also allows for them to plan for long-term goals (such as University) and unexpected emergencies, therefore improving the overall quality of their lives. 

 

Changing the World: One Bar of Soap at a Time  

Lifebuoy's renowned ‘School of Five’ has been implemented into our Banani school. Through the introduction of 5 superhero characters, Unilever’s Lifebuoy ‘School of Five’ are encouraging students in schools to wash their hands 5 times a day, to help prevent infectious diseases, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two leading causes of death for children under the age of 5. Since the launch of their program in 2006, Unilever has seen a global 36% reduction in childhood deaths from diarrhoea from 2008-2016, which is equivalent to over 265,000 lives saved. 

The introduction of the ‘School of Five’ will teach our girls as well as their families the most effective way to wash their hands and the importance of proper sanitation. Women often bear the brunt of inadequate water and sanitation services, due to social and cultural stigma that persists within their communities, such as drinking and eating less so they won’t need to use the latrine during the day where they can be seen or assaulted. The ‘School of Five’ will allow them to build confidence and ensure they don’t compromise healthy habits regarding sanitation to bend to social norms. 

 

Why JAAGO needs your help! 

At the launch of the MTB ANKUR at our Banani Junior School we sat down with one of our students Fatima* and her mother Sakina*. When asked how such an amazing opportunity could change her life Fatima* said, “I am very happy and excited, with the small amount of money I am saving I can help my family in the hospital and I can sponsor a JAAGO student after I graduate from JAAGO school”. Sakina* was overjoyed explaining that growing up in a slum she never imagined she would be able to see her daughter grow up and be able to have access to places such as a bank. In Bangladesh, it is often the men in the family that have a voice when it comes to how and what money is spent on, leaving the women at a disadvantage. This initiative has the ability to change that for the girls at JAAGO, and we need help to expand these opportunities to include more girls living in the slums of Bangladesh. 

*All the individuals whose names and identity have been used in the narrative have given us their consent to publish their names and story prior to the writing of this report.   

Thank You Note

We wish to express our sincerest gratitude to the donors of this project as they are not only gifting female children with the opportunity to receive quality education but also pave the way for them to bring about sustainable change within their communities, in turn supporting the nation in the future.

MTB ANKUR Introduction at JAAGO's Banani School
MTB ANKUR Introduction at JAAGO's Banani School
Lifebuoy's School of Five Launch
Lifebuoy's School of Five Launch
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Empowering Girls through Knowledge-No Holds Barred
Empowering Girls through Knowledge-No Holds Barred

In the words of Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, “When you invest in a girl’s education, she feeds herself, her children, her community and her nation.” 

It is undeniable that the future of an entire population lies in the hands of women; at JAAGO, we want to equip these hands with the most powerful weapon for any individual, a pen. JAAGO takes on a holistic approach when it comes to providing knowledge to the children at our school in order for them to be aware of the latest developments in the world.

For the girl students at JAAGO, our mission is to not only make them academically successful, but also to develop their minds so that they can think beyond what they are taught at home. These children are often raised in conventional communities with a rigid sense of perspective. In order for these children to become strong individuals with an understanding of their rights and be attuned with the upcoming topics of global discussion, JAAGO organizes different seminars and workshops for them.    

 

Putting a Price on Menstrual Hygiene  

Previously JAAGO schools had conducted different workshops on women’s reproductive health and early childhood marriages. Recently in Bangladesh, there were some speculations that the Bangladeshi National Board of Revenue had increased the value added tax on the import of sanitary napkins to a whopping 45%. In many areas in Bangladesh, sanitary napkins are still considered a luxury item. 

According to a latest survey, it had been found that 73% of Bangladeshi women do not go to work and 41% of Bangladeshi school girls do not attend their classes during their menstrual cycle. The reasons for their absences ranged from discomfort and self-consciousness to reproductive and urinary tract infection due to unhygienic menstrual management. The lack of knowledge on menstrual management was closely linked to poor performance and attendance at work and school.

In order to raise awareness on menstrual management, JAAGO held a workshop on “Menstrual Hygiene” for the girls at our schools and their mothers. A doctor from a renowned medical institution in Bangladesh was invited as a special guest, where she provided the children with some insight on the country’s scenario towards menstruation. She explained that management of menstrual hygiene impacts reproductive health of women, their education and career performance. This in turn, governs the gender equity within the nation.  

 The doctor discussed what problems may arise due to women using items such as cotton or old scraps of clothes. At the same time, it was recommended that girls use products such as absorbents for a limited amount of time as prolonging in changing them may lead to infections. The mothers of the children expressed their concerns about the affordability of sanitary napkins and the possibility of cheaper alternatives to the sanitary napkins. The mothers were guided to purchase local sanitary napkins which do not have all the resources as imported napkins but is is safer and more economic.    

    

Pushing Limits through Extracurricular Activities 

In order to bring out the best out of our children, JAAGO believes in involving them in different extracurricular activities. Our belief is that by encouraging them to partake in physical activity, it will not only benefit their mental well-being, but it will also increase their stamina and morale, and in turn, improve their school performance. 

When it comes to physical activities, women in Bangladesh are often considered the weaker gender and are outcasted from competitions. However, the girl children at JAAGO often engage in different indoor and outdoor sports or activities. Recently, the female students at JAAGO participated in a friendly inter-school football competition, where they had the opportunity to compete against teams from well-renowned schools. Out of 6 matches, the JAAGO female football team won 3, which they celebrated with the founder of the school.

Last month, JAAGO also held a school chess competition, where the children competed against their classmates or seniors.  By practicing indoor games such as Chess, JAAGO wants to strengthen the children’s creative sides and increase their ability to think critically, enhance their concentration and memory and as a result, stimulate their academic endurance. The female students performed outstandingly against their competitors. Kaiser*, a female student of the 3rd grade and Labonee*, a female student from the 4th grade, attained the positions as the winner and runners-up respectively within the competition.  

*All the individuals whose names and identity have been used in the report have given us their consent to publish their names and story prior to the writing of this report.   

 

Why JAAGO needs your Help!

A parental figure is crucial for a child’s development, especially during the early years of a child. In most cases, a mother’s love and compassion contributes to a child’s growth in terms of both physical and mental development. For little Payel* from JAAGO’s Habiganj school, the love of a doting mother is a distant memory. Having been born as the third child in the family, Payel* was not as fortunate as her siblings as she lost her mother to a fatal disease at the age of 2. Soon after her mother’s passing, her father resorted to drowning her mother’s  memories with alcohol and decided to abandon his children by sending them to their grandparent’s house.       

Little Payel* was quiet and hesitant the first time her grandfather had come to enroll her to JAAGO’s reception class. The class teacher at reception of the Habiganj school often worried about her performance as Payel* would not respond during her first couple of months. Miss Mariam*, her class teacher, had decided that she would make Payel* stay back after class to help her further with her homework.

As her performance began to improve, Miss Mariam* slowly became her mentor and from the tender age of five, Payel began dreaming to become a teacher just like her mentor. She would often tell her friends how she felt more at home, when she came to school, than her grandparent’s house. It is impossible for her grandparents  to fulfill he0r dreams with the low income sources that they possess. Payel* is yet to be sponsored but is hopeful that someone will come forward to help her become a successful individual.

Many children like Payel* look to be sponsored so that they can not only receive the basic right to education, but also dream beyond their limits and break free from the shackles of poverty. Through your sponsorship or donation, female children receive opportunities which they are not born to. Help change lives by donating as little as $27 and support the education of a girl child like Payel*.  

*All the individuals whose names and identity have been used in the narrative have given us their consent to publish their names and story prior to the writing of this report.   

 

Thank You Note 

We want to express our gratitude to the donors of this project as they are not only gifting female children with the opportunity to receive education but also pave a way for them to bring a sustainable change in their community, and in turn the country in the future.  

Putting a Price on Menstrual Hygiene
Putting a Price on Menstrual Hygiene
Pushing Limits through Extracurricular Activities
Pushing Limits through Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular Activities
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An Educated Mother Is Promise of Civilized Nation
An Educated Mother Is Promise of Civilized Nation

Schools can provide girls with life skills, reproductive health knowledge and a social space to discuss issues. The importance of girls' education is generational. “Girls are the future mothers of any society. Every girl that receives an education is more likely to make education a priority for her children.

Women play very important role in the progress of a family, society, and country. In order to make democracy successful in the country, women education is necessary together with the men. Educated women are the real source of happiness in the family, society and country.

There’s a famous quote of Napolean Bonaparte - “Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation.” We realized the necessity of girls education, thus with your valuable support, we are educating a number of 3500 students in our schools where more than 50% are girl student.

 

Uplifting The Majesty of Motherhood: Celebrating Mother’s Day

Currently JAAGO’s schools are thriving with numbers and educating marginalized community children of hard to reach areas of the country. The scenario hasn’t been like this before; in the beginning in 2007, we had to lure students by giving away different commodity to the parents so that they send their children to school. But now, the scenario had changed a lot. We provide free of cost education in English Version of Bangladesh Government and we recruit only 40 students in reception grade per branch each year. For these 40 students, we get around 3000 applications in different branches and we sort among them out the find the most suitable one’s.

Turning a community’s interest into sending their children to school is a big achievement for us. The mentality had changed a lot and this is something on what we cherish after 12 years of our journey. At JAAGO apart from mainstream education, we build a practice of retention of our culture. Recently, we celebrated Mother’s Day across all of our schools. On that very occasion, our student created special designed cards for their mothers to show respect and tribute in honor to motherhood. We would like to create a practice of appreciating their mothers from very early stage of their lives with a hope of bringing sustainable perspective towards their mother.

 

Inspiring To Gain Confidence: Bringing Out The Best Result

At our Schools, we encourage our girl students by empowering with education, leadership and skills. Thus our girls students are breaking the taboo and projecting dreams of having a better future for their parents. In our society, there is a taboo that having girl child is a burden and boys are an asset; because at the end of the day, boys are likely to stay and look after their parents whereas girls are likely to move out at their husband’s family. The parents tend to invest more at their boys education where they emphasize to learn household works for girl child. Despite of having women leadership in running the country for more than 2 decades, the scenario remained the same.

But now days, the perspective is gradually changing. In our schools, the involvement of female students is rapidly raising and female students are competing with boys in equal pace. They are taking leadership, organizing cultural programs and keeping their marks on academic results as well. With your support towards these children, we are really hopeful to build a better and more equipped nation for tomorrow by involving the better half of the nation.

 

How JAAGO Changing Lives

Story of Moni
JAAGO Foundation School

I’m Moni, SSC examinee of JAAGO Foundation School. JAAGO is another name of my dreams. JAAGO stood beside me and gave me the courage and strength to face all the obstacles in my life. JAAGO is nothing but my second home. I am the oldest of my 4 siblings. Being the oldest daughter I had to take household responsibilities. These became a nightmare when suddenly my father left 5 of us. Days turned into months he did not come back. My mother became the only person who provided everything for the family. Her monthly income was 7000 BDT. With that amount she used to pay our rent and one meal. For lunch she used bring food from the houses she worked. After few days I decided to help my mom and started working too. However, being a girl the society was difficult for me. During that time, JAAGO stood by me like always. My teachers spoke to the people in that area and ensured my security. At the same time encouraged me to dream big. JAAGO supported me to live like a girl. That is the reason I love my second home very much. I believe that JAAGO is always with me. Then, Now, Forever!

 

Thank You Note

It is with the utmost sincerity that we convey our gratitude to the national and international child sponsors, corporate partners, donor agencies and supporters from various fields. Without their contribution and support, this journey would not have progressed and prospered in changing lives of these underprivileged children. JAAGO requests them to continue providing their irreplaceable support to this humanitarian cause, so that we can ensure each child in every corner of the country, and perhaps beyond, receives quality education to rescue themselves from the curse of poverty in future. Stand with us to withstand odds falling onto our children!

Uplifting The Majesty of Motherhood
Uplifting The Majesty of Motherhood
Inspiring To Gain Confidence: Bringing Out Best
Inspiring To Gain Confidence: Bringing Out Best
How JAAGO Changing Lives
How JAAGO Changing Lives
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