Aug 14, 2020

JAAGO Overcomes the Obstacles of COVID-19

Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away

JAAGO Foundation has been providing quality education to underprivileged children in Bangladesh for the last 13 years. Like every year, students of JAAGO Foundation School have come out victorious in the SSC examinations this year despite having all odds from society. A total of 88 percent of students have passed this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from JAAGO Foundation School. Whereas A total of 82.87 percent of candidates have passed this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations across the country. The gift of education itself is a thing of great privilege for them, and to overcome all obstacles and study in an English version school and achieve such remarkable results, is something straight out of a fairytale.  


Life During COVID- 19 Pandemic: 

Recently, The COVID-19 virus has so far infected millions of people in the world and Bangladesh is no different. To stop the spread of this pandemic, the government initiated a countrywide shutdown of schools, offices, factories, restaurants, etc, and strongly encouraged people to stay home unless it’s an emergency. Like all other industries, education is also facing a great challenge due to this situation. Fortunately, due to innovative technology in education, the JAAGO Foundation has the tools to enable remote learning without having to go to schools or other institutions. In this global pandemic, the foundation has been trying to make sure that the students and their families can survive in this crisis and come back to school. For the past 5 months, JAAGO Foundation has been providing food packages with the help of our 35000 volunteers to all the students’ families and surrounding communities who are from a similar background. 

 

Digital Education Initiative (DEI):

In the second week of the pandemic, JAAGO Foundation who has experience of running Online school or Online Education, recognized by UNESCO, opened it’s Digital Education Initiative (DEI) for everyone. This means at least the middle class can have access to education. Trained teachers sitting in their homes, maintaining social distancing, were teaching thousands of students who are locked down at home. The Government has also appreciated this initiative and has added this to its official website which is created to fight the pandemic. But still, some people are left behind, in the era of “No One Left Behind”. This included thousands of students of JAAGO, for whom a basic internet connection is considered a luxury, let alone a computer, this alternative approach of online education is not possible.

 

Tel- Ed Initiative: 

But despite the DEI Initiative, there were thousands of students who didn’t have access to the internet and computers. To make a difference in the lives of these, JAAGO came up with an innovative approach to providing education to our students. Through their “Tel-Ed” initiative, JAAGO is now operating classes over the voice messaging service and short messaging service.

In this Tel-Ed project, SMS and phone calls are made by trained teachers to every student individually according to their needs. Students have the opportunity to read, write, learn, and understand the concepts with the teacher sitting far away from them. This interactive education model not only helps students overcome their mental health situation but also helps 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 hope this will ensure that once things get back to normal, students returning to the classroom will not be overburdened with the process of having to familiarise themselves with the curriculum and the learning process all over again.

 

Response & Impact of Tel-Ed Program:

The father of an Eighth grader lost his job due to COVID-19 and the child had to take a job in order to earn for their living. He requested the teacher to take classes at night so that he can study after work. The teacher confirmed that the student always finishes his homework and shows interest to study further.

 

JAAGO’s Virtual Feedback Summit:

On July 16th, the first-ever, Virtual Feedback Summit was organized for all the employees of JAAGO. Teachers from all JAAGO schools joined and shared their feedback about the current DEI and Tel- Ed system. They raised important concerns and ways of improvement. Moreover, the teachers also conveyed the students’ thoughts about the program.

 

Gratitude Note:

JAAGO Foundation has always dreamt of a better tomorrow where our children, no matter what economic background they come from, will have the opportunity to receive an education. And it couldn't have been possible without our NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the journey of fulfilling this dream. Your help and support have always inspired us to move forward. Thank you for your generous support on our “Free of Cost School for Underprivileged Children” project, which has been able to put a smile on the faces of 3500 underprivileged children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of all JAAGO students, teachers, parents, and employees. Concurrently amid this COVID-19 situation, we would also like to thank our heroic volunteers for their help in distributing relief to the furthest of the country. With you all, we dream of a beautiful future.



Ensuring Food for JAAGO Students during COVID-19
Ensuring Food for JAAGO Students during COVID-19
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
Tel-Ed: Education is Just a Call Away
First Virtual Feedback Summit by JAAGO Foundation
First Virtual Feedback Summit by JAAGO Foundation
Digital Education Initiative during COVID-19
Digital Education Initiative during COVID-19
Jul 5, 2020

Ensuring food for JAAGO students during Covid

Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid

According to statistics, 1 in 4 children don’t know when they will have the privilege to have their next meal. Nutritious food is essential for children in terms of their growth and development needs therefore, imagining the situation of the underprivileged children who are deprived from it is heartbreaking. At JAAGO Foundation, we believe that children need to be fed properly along with gaining proper education. Our students in the 11 schools all over Bangladesh not only receive quality education, but also nutritious meals every day for their physical and mental well being.  

In retrospect to the current situation of the world as a whole due to the effects of the Coronavirus or Covid-19, the marginalized communities are being affected the most. In a country like Bangladesh where most families depend on day to day income and live under the poverty line , it has become difficult for the lower income families to afford a meal a day. For the past three months, everything has been put to a halt. After the lockdown was initiated at the end of March, educational institutions have been closed down until further notice. This means that the students who would depend on the school’s food package for a healthy meal a day are now denied from it as a consequence of schools being shut down.

Everyone is in a place where the future seems unclear and most are hitting rock bottom. To combat the situation and give hope to the children in such times of despair, JAAGO Foundation provided relief packages to the families of the students which contained basic food necessities such as- rice, flour, pulse, potato, oil, salt, soap etc., so that the children and families themselves can survive during this catastrophic situation. We have tried to ensure nutrition in all our packages and started distributing to our school students and their families first. Once we ensured all our children have food on their plates, we tried to expand our relief program by giving packages to other needy families in the slum area. 

Despite the coronavirus outbreak and the risk factors, JAAGO Foundation has been providing the care packages while still maintaining all the safety precautions. Our volunteers are working day and night in the purpose of packing and distributing relief packages to our students and other families from the low income group to bring peace and hope in these households. 

We are extremely grateful to all our supporters who have given these households a ray of hope. With the hope for a better tomorrow, JAAGO Foundation aims to provide the families of the children with such packages as long as they can suffice and the situation gets better. Keep supporting us so that we can do something better for the community together!

Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Jun 29, 2020

Rebuilding a New Normal for Girls' Education

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
Thank You
Thank You
 
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