Marina Mahathir at the JAAGO Foundation!
Rabbi: A Rockstar in the Making!
The mad cheering amongst the audience when Rabbi performs is no less than what one hears when an acclaimed singer or dancer performs on stage! A third grader at the JAAGO School, Rabbi is a terrific performer. He sure comes from the same humble background as every other JAAGO student, but Rabbi just isn’t ordinary. Raffiq Tarek Rabbi, who used to be schooled at a local Madrasa was admitted into K.G. II at the JAAGO School in the winter of 2009. While undertaking dance and music lessons which are part of JAAGO’s ECA curriculum, Rabbi’s aptitude in these disciplines was discovered! Rabbi who is a self trained dancer has performed in numerous stage shows! He sleek and edgy robotic moves have wowed the finest of dance connoisseurs! One of Rabbi’s finest moments were when he gave a grand performance in front of the world renowned ‘Spectrum Dance Theater’! Rabbi has even performed to songs that he himself wrote in television programs such as “Pran Tiffiner Faakey”. Rabbi has regularly performed dance numbers for very large audiences at open air concerts at such a young age! The JAAGO Foundation is very proud to have its name associated with such a gifted individual and we sure hope that Rabbi becomes the ‘Rockstar’ that we already think he is!
Marina Mahathir at the JAAGO Foundation!
Marina Mahathir is a celebrated leader in non-governmental organizations like the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. An active socio-political blogger, novelist and columnist, Ms. Mahathir is the eldest child of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad. Ms. Mahathir has recently visited the JAAGO Foundation head quarters during her visit to Bangladesh. She interacted with the children by going from classroom to classroom and has written highly of JAAGO students at the prestigious Malaysian daily, ‘The Star’. She found JAAGO’s sewing center and First aid center to be very impressive ventures as they directly give back to the local community as well helps bring financial stability to the JAAGO students and their families.
The JAAGO Foundation School: The path we have covered so far
8 JAAGO Schools in 2013!
Back in 2007, JAAGO’s journey started with a one room school and 17 students. Fast forwarding to the year 2013, JAAGO is all set to have a total of 8 schools bearing JAAGO’s ‘Quality Education for All’ flag! These 8 schools that cater to the education needs of 1200 underprivileged children are situated all over Bangladesh. Dhaka is home to two of the very first JAAGO schools; one being in Rayerbazar and one in Korail. Outside Dhaka there are JAAGO schools in Gazipur, Chittagong, Rajshahi, and Gaibandha. The very newly constructed JAAGO schools in Bandarban and Madaripur will be starting their operations this year! Our schools in Gazipur, Rajshahi, Gaibandha, Bandarban and Madaripur are ‘Online Schools’ unlike the ones in the main cities which implement the conventional methods of teaching. The concept of online schooling was introduced as a solution to lack of aptly qualified teachers outside the city centers. JAAGO’s ‘Online School Centre’ in Dhaka is equipped with trained teachers who deliver interactive lectures over the internet to children all over the country. On the receiving end we have moderators who aid the children in their class works and make sure that the children have a holistic understanding of the topic at hand.
Maximum Utility training for ‘English In Action’ resources at JAAGO Foundation Schools
JAAGO believes that material taught to the JAAGO students need to be comprehensive and to some extend customized because of the very different background that our students come from. A class in general comprises of mixed learners with different levels of intellect. For a teacher to cater to all these different needs, ‘EIA’ has had come forward to equip us with different materials such as posters, figurines, and flashcards that make learning more of a visual experience! English in Action (EIA) is a UK funded project that is aimed at enhancing the English Teaching skills throughout Bangladesh. A training seminar took place at JAAGO to familiarize the teaching staff with the EIA resources. During this session the teachers were taught the application of the ‘EIA’ materials. They were walked through the methods of recognizing the different types of learners and were briefed on how techniques learnt in the workshops should be adapted to meet the needs of the classroom environment.
Digitalizing JAAGO students at the ‘Dell Computer Lab’
Technology plays a very essential role in the fulfillment of JAAGO’s promise to provide International standard education to children who belong to the deprived segments of the Bangladeshi society. In order to keep up with a world that is becoming extremely competitive each day, learning to operate computers has become a necessity! JAAGO students need to learn how to operate computers in order to be employable as well as to make everyday tasks much simpler! A computer with an internet connection opens up an individual to a vast amount of resource online that one can largely benefit from! At JAAGO teachers vastly use computer technology to make learning more visual and interactive for the students. Dell Bangladesh has recently sponsored a computer lab at the JAAGO Foundation School in Rayer Bazar. The students who already have some knowledge of computing which has been provided to them earlier at JAAGO are very enthusiastic to become properly trained to operate computers at this high tech fully equipped ‘Dell Computer Lab’.
JAAGO Event: A great Ramadan at JAAGO
JAAGO’s 2013 Annual Iftar sees an impressive turn out!
Ramadan is usually welcomed by our JAAGO students with great anticipation and excitement. The Annual JAAGO Iftar Party is looked forward to by the JAAGO students with great joy and anticipation. Most of our children, who are not privileged to proper meals year round, enjoy a hearty meal with their sponsors during our Annual Iftar! Students from different branches outside Dhaka were also gathered together for Iftar and were streamed live online at the venue. A swarm of young volunteers were the hosts for this Iftar party. Every table was served with great care by these volunteers who wanted to show their appreciation for the sponsors by taking this opportunity to serve them Iftar. This year’s Iftar was extra special because in order to make sure that every child gets to meet his sponsor JAAGO has hosted the Iftar Party in the tri-state area! This saw a remarkable turnout in the number of attendees. A big number of sponsors, well wishers and well known personalities graced the JAAGO 2013 Annual Iftar!
A Thank You Note!
We can’t thank our sponsors enough for the instrumental difference that they have made in the lives of hundreds of previously deprived children. Every cent that comes the JAAGO Foundation’s way is a change maker in a life tangled in the vicious web of poverty. By making a monthly contribution of only a minimum amount of USD $20 under JAAGO’s ‘Sponsor a Child’ program, you can be a big part of your sponsored child’s life as well as the JAAGO family’s! Your donation will bear the educational expenses of your sponsored child. If you intend to become a donor, please go to our ‘Sponsor a Child’ page and then visit ‘GlobalGiving Project Report’ to start donating! Every child is precious and your can make a difference in their lives. Thank you so much for placing your belief in our cause!
JAAGO Foundation Schools
Children Using EIA Resources
JAAGO's Annual Iftar