Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children

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Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
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Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
Free-of-cost School for Underprivileged Children
When school is the source of joy
When school is the source of joy

This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving’s 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn’t go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!’

JAAGO Foundation idealizes its employees and the children and youth, who it works for, as family. The small family of 17 underprivileged children back in 2007 has now become extended in 2017 with 11500 children and 25000 young volunteers. This growth has introduced JAAGO as one of the fastest growing organizations in Bangladesh. JAAGO’s success in improving the living standard of the impoverished children and engaging the youth from different backgrounds in the process of national development has been achieved not just because of the devotion and efficiency of its workforce but also for its failed attempts and learnings from them to go forward.  

JAAGO began its journey taking the holistic approach to cater the educational needs of the impoverished children, which included cost free quality schooling, healthcare, supply of nutritious food and fruits, uniform, soap and other necessary stuffs for healthy and hygienic living, and so on. Despite these cares and services, the school management found the students inattentive in classroom and absent from school. The administration deemed it alarming because the irregular students would get dropped out at one point of time. This irregularity posed threats to JAAGO’s mission, breaking the cycle of poverty through spreading the light of quality education among the children from poverty stricken families. At that time, students at JAAGO schools were receiving English Medium schooling under conventional teaching system. Teachers started becoming strict towards the students about their attendance and completion of homework to make sure they wouldn’t miss the class fearing the punishment. Practice of this kind is prevalent in Bangladesh. The enactment of hard rules worked counterproductively, as the number of irregular students grew bigger. The students of upper classes (Iv-VIII) were trying not to come to school finding the lessons too hard for them. As Afroza, a student of Class VI said, "I don't want to go to JAAGO School because the lessons are hard and I don't understand them".  Since the parents were illiterate and more willing to send their children to workplace instead of school owing to extreme poverty, they found this reluctance grown among their children as a pretext. This was reflected in Afroza’s mother’s words. She said, “My daughter does not want to go to school. I would rather send her for work". Moreover, these parents didn’t have any idea about English Medium international curriculum; hence, they were doubtful about their children’s future prospect with such education.   

Having failed to keep the students attentive in classroom, the school administration realized the process was not appropriate for the students, especially of this underprivileged background. The students from well-to-do and educated families can resort to taking help from house tutors or other family members if they find any lesson complicated or illusive. JAAGO’s students, in contrary, do not have such privilege. From this observation, the management came to understand the necessity of innovative interventions to change the situation. Consequently, the started working on failing forward by using the learned lessons from failures.      

JAAGO shifted the curriculum from English Medium to NCTB (National Curriculum and Textbook Board) English Version so that the students of such communities can cope with the lessons and have English language proficiency to compete globally, as well. Its efforts to change the earlier failure into success was not limited to shifting the curriculum. The school management initiated pedagogical interventions by developing audio-visual contents for lesson delivery to attract the students to the classroom. Teachers were also trained to conduct the classes in the friendliest and most suitable ways for these children. Students of the Reception and Nursery Classes, who would flee from school if the conventional lesson memorizing and cramming were continued, find the classroom much entertaining these days because they learn from cartoons and in singing-dancing approach. JAAGO believes, if schooling does not help the students acquire skills it can never be thought standard.  Considering its findings on conventional schooling, JAAGO has made the lesson delivery system interactive. Students of upper classes at JAAGO Schools learn through the demonstrative presentation on the class contents, i.e., they are taken to muddy lands when lessons on soil are taught, and given different science projects, etc. These interactive and demonstration based class sessions, intensive care from the teachers, and other necessary nourishments have made the students feel and strengthen their attachments with the school. Class lessons are no longer difficult to them and, as a result, school is no more a scary place to go. 

The success in making the students attentive in classroom did not suffice to prevent their absence from schools, as the parents kept trying to send the male children to work and marry their girls off. This failure within the success made the administration take one further step to buttress the already achieved outcomes and ensure comprehensive triumph over remaining challenges. They launched parents counselling to help them understand the importance of their children’s education. JAAGO recruited community officers from the locals of school areas and trained them to be motivational counsellor for the parents. They sit with the parents, who are day laborers, rickshaw pullers, and some of them are even drug addicts. The community officers motivate the parents in various ways and guide them on how to grow their children as enlightened, respectful, educated, and financially empowered individuals what they are not. As Ms. Sharmin, one of the community officers at JAAGO Foundation School Rayer Bazar Branch, says, “Once a teacher told me about a child whose father beats him and his mother every night. The father is an alcoholic and doesn’t earn for the family but drinks whole night long spending the penny his wife earns working as housemaid. I requested the father to talk to me and he talked, even though he was showing his heavy unwillingness at the beginning.  Talking to him for more than an hour, I asked to imagine a night his son beating him after getting drunk. I also asked him, do you want see your son alcoholic, drug addict, frustrated, and workless like you? No, he replied and expressed how wildest the imagination was. He later took an oath to try quitting alcohol and go for work by himself. Since then, he has never missed any counselling sessions and been encouraging other parents to send their kids to JAAGO school.” The parent counselling initiative paid off this way encouraging 23000 parents across the country about their children’s education.                                           

JAAGO family is now well-grown and getting expanded every year with the enrollment of new children. It is also planning to penetrate the government primary schools with its pedagogical interventions in partnership with the Education Ministry and ICT Division. Parents now want their children to receive education at JAAGO schools. Children, even of the marginalized hill tracts areas under Chittagong Division, ask their parents to prepare them early in the morning, although they have to climb hill to reach the school. For instance, JAAGO Foundation School Bandarban Branch has currently 96 students (Reception to Class III), where a government primary school of adjacent area has only 19 students (Class I-V). Parents love JAAGO schools as do their children. Afroza, who didn’t want to come to school, now says to her teacher, "Miss, I like coming to school, It's fun. We do so many things together in school." Her mother’s words have also changed, who says, I now give the full responsibility of my daughter's education to JAAGO." JAAGO Foundation would have never seen this enormous success had it not had those failures. Therefore, JAAGO administration believes in the words of Henry Ford, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”   

Kids to school climbing 700 feet
Kids to school climbing 700 feet
Attentive technologists of tomorrow
Attentive technologists of tomorrow
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Parents enrolling children in school
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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!
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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's testimony
How JAAGO changes lives; Lelin's testimony
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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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Dolls for the Children of the World
Dolls for the Children of the World

New Batch, New Hope!

First day at School is a heart touching event that cannot be forgotten which always remains fresh in the mind for the children. We at JAAGO Foundation School have welcomed the 2017 batch of its reception class with warmth, pride, and excitement with the new children and their parents. It was an amazing experience with a mix of excitement and fear for our new batch of student creating a lifelong memory for both the children and their parents. With the new children; the total number of students has become 2500 in our 13 schools.

After the warmth welcome the students and the parents had an introductory speak up session with the new children's parents. Creating awareness among the parents about their child's school life was the main priority. They were also given a brief description of the basic rules and regulations of the school. This was another day of joy for us, which could not be achieved without the belief and trust of our supporters and teachers.

Dolls for the Children of the World

Our kids of class 7, JAAGO Foundation, Rayer Bazar School branch participated in the innovative program with MSTERIO.org. This gave them the chance to make new friends in a unique way. They wanted to show their love for the children all around the world and connect to those in similar conditions. Main goal of this program is to connect children all around the world through messages on handcrafted gifts and dolls.

Each of the students was given the dolls and various colorful pens to paint the dolls & write their messages on them. The kids filled the dolls with their sweet and heartfelt messages for the children around the world as well as the children suffering in the war devastated countries. Through these messages they wanted to show that they are not alone, we are beside them in spirit. This project was really inspiring and very motivating for our children. We are grateful to the MISTERIO for taking such a beautiful initiative and letting our kids be a part of it. They got the valuable experience of the feeling that giving is as great as receiving.

“LG IT Academy” at JAAGO Rayer Bazar School & “Hole in the wall” at JAAGO Banani School

Technology opens the door towards infinite knowledge. On the month of December, LG Electronics Bangladesh and JAAGO Foundation have jointly established “LG IT Academy” at Rayer Bazar School, aiming to facilitate the underprivileged children to have ICT education. Rayer Bazar is the 2nd biggest slum in Dhaka, where our first branch of school is located. The academy will provide standard IT education to our children that will give them the opportunity to enrich themselves and be world class citizens. This IT Academy will immensely help our students and definitely bring outstanding change in their lives enhancing their knowledge with the help of information and technology. Through the opportunity to learn coding, graphics etc. the students will be able to develop their skills which will help them to build up their career in the future.

Not only we have provided IT education to our students with the help of KrisEnergy we have also created ‘Hole in the Wall’ to provide the facilities of internet access along with educational games and informative animations to the whole community of the largest slum in Dhaka, Korail. This offers free access to the internet for the local underprivileged kids of the slum which will help the entire community to enrich their skill with technology. 

Science Project Exhibition

Science education fuels a child’s curious mind and provides them with valuable skills and ideas. To give our children a platform for practical application of science, recently our students from Class 9 held a science project exhibition. Our class 9 students, of Rayer Bazar branch School in Dhaka, in four (4) groups was mainly developed their science projects taking ideas from one of their subject titled “Bangladesh and Global Studies”.

The projects they presented were very well crafted which showed how much the kids have worked hard and put their effort into making them. The four (4) groups displayed their presentation on different environmental topics like river, earthquake, natural resources and deforestation demonstrating the guests with a very detailed description of the causes and effects of these topics.

Participating in this science fair was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience practical scientific knowledge outside the book. Altogether, the fair was an amazing event for the students to explore their own questions and make their own discoveries.

JAAGO kids appeared for the PSC Board Examination 2016

On 20th November, 33 of our JAAGO Foundation, Rayer Bazar School branch kids appeared for their Primary School Certificate (PSC) Board Examination 2016 and performed outstandingly for the 3rd time in a row. For us, this was a moment of pride, which has been only possible by the belief and trust of our teachers, supporters, and the hard work and sheer will of our students.

They have managed to gain a 100% pass rate in this examination. This was a moment of achievement for us to see our kids step further towards a beautiful future by breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

Thank you

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.

New Batch, New Hope!
New Batch, New Hope!
PSC Board Examination 2016
PSC Board Examination 2016
LG IT Academy & Hole in the wall
LG IT Academy & Hole in the wall
Science Project Exhibition
Science Project Exhibition

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