12 Years' Joyful Journey of JAAGO Foundation

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12 Years’ Joyful Journey of JAAGO

JAAGO has set foot on 12 years. The joyful journey started with one young man Korvi Rakshand who dreamed to do something extraordinary for the ordinary people of Bangladesh and was determined to bring a change in the society’s belief towards educational institutions. In 2007, JAAGO Foundation has been established for aiming to provide free of cost Quality Education to the underprivileged children coming from the lower socio-economic background.

JAAGO Foundation started their path in a small room with 17 students whom have now 13,000 students studying under various programs of JAAGO all over Bangladesh.

Realizing the immense potential of youth in the society, the founder established the first volunteer organization of Bangladesh in 2011, named Volunteer for Bangladesh (VBD), the youth wing of JAAGO Foundation. VBD combines the spirit of volunteerism with the strength and goodwill of youth for bringing substantial social change and raising awareness among the masses. Now, this nationwide youth platform presently exists in 32 districts and has around 35,000 registered volunteers across the country.

Among other projects, JAAGO is working on three big projects named EDUCATION PROGRAM, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM and REFUGEE PROGRAM.

EDUCATION PROGRAM

For the last 12 years JAAGO have been operating schools for thousands of underprivileged children to create a society – free of exploitation, discrimination and violence, to enable it to reach its ultimate socioeconomic potential. In 2017, JAAGO has achieved UNESCO award which is one of the biggest awards of JAAGO on going journey. The award is the recognition of JAAGO Foundation work in eradicating poverty by providing quality education through ICT to the underprivileged community in the remote areas of Bangladesh through Online School. JAAGO, the first organization in Bangladesh who is working very hard to ensure quality education for underprivileged children by giving a holistic education through providing books, notebooks, school uniform, school socks, and school bag along with monthly medical check-ups, nutritious boosts and hygiene products. Moreover, currently JAAGO is working for achieving the targeted sustainable development goals. JAAGO belief that a support can offer a disadvantaged child a dignified future.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

In Bangladesh, 40% of the population is youth. So the contribution of youth can put a huge impact for the country. JAAGO founded Volunteer for Bangladesh which has 35,000 registered Volunteers, a nationwide youth platform which focuses on empowering youth and building their capacity through social campaigns and voluntary work.

REFUGEE PROGRAM

JAAGO started the Safe Haven Project (SHP) for the Rohingya Refugees at Unchiprang, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to support the physical and mental wellbeing of 500 disenfranchised Rohingya children.

JAAGO organize an Annual Iftar in every year with a great purpose of gathering those people who are always being with JAAGO for supporting the underprivileged children to ensure their quality education and the sponsor parents to meet their angel child of JAAGO students whose lives they have touched. The objective is to showcase the good works and provide them with a platform to support in the society and bring a sustainable change.

Every year JAAGO arrange National Youth Assembly (NYA) program since 2017. The third edition of National Youth Assembly 2019 (NYA) has hold on 9th March 2019 took the theme “Empowering Youth for National Development” in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The assembly was about JAAGO’s legacy of youth empowerment by being a platform to strengthen and mobilize youth with the skills and opportunities needed to be agents of impactful change. The conference connected the nation’s foremost young talent in the fields of sustainable development and social entrepreneurship, together with leading professionals, policy makers, and practitioners in various fields. Through discussions, skill-building workshops, networking sessions and ideation challenges, youth delegates from all over Bangladesh gained relevant knowledge, resources and opportunities. It enhanced their ability to take action and build projects of their own throughout the year.

For the past 2 years, National Youth Assembly was organized to tackle society’s greatest challenges and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better Bangladesh. The 4-day residential program will present a mix of speakers and coexisting panels on multiple issues. It is imperative that we engage the young talent and drive of Bangladesh’s 52 million youth, as Volunteer for Bangladesh has strived to do since its inception.

The 12th years’ joyful journey of JAAGO has proven that the spirit of togetherness can remove obstacles and challenges to step forward for rebuilding a nation. JAAGO always seeks for those supportive hands as they can continue this unfinished journey with successfully.