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Educate A Girl

by JAAGO Foundation
Educate A Girl
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
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
Thank You Note!
Thank You Note!
Bringing Smile on Millions through Education
Bringing Smile on Millions through Education

Education is a basic human right, but for a developing country like Bangladesh, we need to pay more attention on female education in particular. It is a very common exercise in rural households not to send their young daughters to schools as they believe females are born to solely run households or to work as a maid for earnings. To have such a belief in the year of 2019 is alarming and that is why the education system in our country is in dire need of definite change. It is highly crucial to bring up young girls in our country as educated women for a better nation. Due to receiving education, these young girls will have some set of skills which can act as a base of attaining specialized skills in future. When women finally decide to start a family, they are more likely to recognize the importance of education and ensure education for their children as well. Battling from the poverty is a dream of every underprivileged children and education is the way that can turn this dream into something big. Today, JAAGO foundation is trying to remove the cycle of poverty by providing the quality education with the help of your love and support.

 

Empowering Nations Better Half to Dream Big

JAAGO Foundation encourages the girls of our nation to stand up and pursue for education to make their life easy and valuable. Today, the families of our female students dream of educating their daughters and encourage them to dream big. JAAGO Foundation focuses not only boy’s education but also we encourage the young girls to go school so that these underprivileged girls can dream to achieve the highest limit of the sky. At present, there are more than 60% female students are attending JAAGO school. Only Education can help these young girls to be someone they never imaged.


Inspirational Story of Lamia

Twelve-year-old Lamia clenched her teeth, anticipating her next pang of hunger. On days like this, when her father’s asthma acted up and he did not have the strength to pull his rickshaw, they were forced to drink water all day and maybe one biscuit. She did not blame her father though. She focused instead on her studies, letting her hunger fuel her motivation. She was glad to be a part of the JAAGO School. It was easier to ignore the rumblings of her stomach when she’s busy accumulating knowledge. 10 years later Lamia has passed the SSC exam with flying colors. She wants to continue to study and become an Architect.

Thank You

We are grateful to individuals, our NGO partners, corporates, donors and supporters for their generous support on “Educate A Girl” project.On behalf of all the students and parents who are related with JAAGO, we would like to express our heartiest gratitude for your support.

Empowering Nations Better Half to Dream Big
Empowering Nations Better Half to Dream Big
Inspirational Story of Lamia
Inspirational Story of Lamia
Equipping The Better Half of Nation
Equipping The Better Half of Nation

The sustainability and progression of all regions depends on the success of women across the globe. Education is the backbone for any nation and to cope up with the current World, it is very important to equip the better half with education as more than half of the population is women.

Since 2007, JAAGO has gradually grown as an organization with the support from individuals like you and helped us continue this great initiative of eliminating poverty by quality education. Today, on the verge of our 12th year journey we have made a small effort to share our journey with you and let you be our judge. Till date, we have 3500 students in 12 districts of the country who had came from an economically disadvantaged background. We are in a mission of eradicating poverty by free of cost quality education and we realized the importance of equipping the better half of nation as well with quality education. Thus, among all of the students we have, more that 51% of the students are female, keeping their marks and promisingly moving forward to chase their dreams.

 

Female Students Keeping Their Marks in PEC

“Primary Education Completion” Examination also known as PEC, which is taken under National Curriculum Board of Bangladesh to the students while getting into grade 5th to 6th. This year on 2018, 2 of JAAGO Foundation’s School participated on the exam and passed with excellent results. We have attained a 100% passing rate including 13% A+, 75% A & 12% A- in Banani School and 81% A & 8% A- in Rayer Bazar School. And we are pleased to uplift the fact, among all, 55% students are female. 

 

Eliminating The Concept of Early Child Marriage

JAAGO believes in gender equality as well as women empowerment as they are the better half for the nation. Here at JAAGO, we always welcome a stakeholder who fights against the social odds like child marriage. Recently, Zonta Club who is an international service organization with the mission of advancing the status of women empowerment had visited JAAGO and took the initiative to teach and spread the awareness of early child marriage where our JAAGO children and their parents participated. This was an awareness workshop that taught the parents and students about eliminating the early child marriage from the society. We believe female have the potential to shine and let them to conquer the world, thus we welcome this kind of initiatives.

 

Cherishing The Girls Success on Report Card Day

We follow a holistic approach of education, thus we celebrate report card day in every quarter. With immense pleasure, we noticed the fact that female students are doing promisingly well despite of many challenges faced by them in the society. Each Year during the report card day, JAAGO teachers personally meet with our JAAGO children and their parents to show their current academic status and encourage every parents to educate their daughter so that in future these girls can achieve what they dreamed for.

 

Activities Reflecting Women on Leadership

Here at JAAGO, we organize many events in different occasions to inspire the students for their active participation in School. Every year, we organize class party where JAAGO kids are very enthusiastic to organize and host the program. Most of the kids who manages the program are female and they take the leadership on organizing, managing and to create a fun environment and entertaining for everyone. These are small initiative that helps equipping the women with the quality of organizing and leadership.

 

Thank You Note

We are grateful to individuals, our NGO partners, corporates, donors and supporters for their generous support on “Educate A Girl” project. On behalf of all the students and parents who are related with JAAGO, we would like to express our heartiest gratitude. Without your contribution and support, our journey would not have progressed and prospered in changing lives of these children who came from an economically disadvantaged background. We request you to continue your love by supporting this project of empowering girls with education.

Female Students Keeping Their Marks in PEC
Female Students Keeping Their Marks in PEC
Eliminating The Concept of Early Child Marriage
Eliminating The Concept of Early Child Marriage
Cherishing The Girl
Cherishing The Girl's Success on Report Card Day
Activities Reflecting Women on Leadership
Activities Reflecting Women on Leadership
 

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Location: Dhaka - Bangladesh
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Korvi Rakshand
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