With the fourth industrial revolution in motion, science & technology skills are needed now more than ever. Recognising this, JAAGO Foundation encourages young minds to be more innovative and resourceful in modern technology by organising science fairs. Participating in science fair projects help students feel confident and competent and fosters a spirit of scientific inquiry. The benefits of participating in after-school activities range from enhanced communication to new friendships to leadership training to enhancing personal or social awareness in our school.
JAAGO Annual Science Fair 2023
On 11th March 2023, JAAGO Foundation held its Annual Science Fair at the Bengal Blueberry Hotel in Gulshan 2. The event was inaugurated by Muhammed Aziz Khan, Founder Chairman of Summit Group, and attended by Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, as the Special Guest. The event was a celebration of science and innovation, where JAAGO students showcased 22 projects that tackled various global issues.
The Importance of Science and Sustainability
At the event, Martin Holtmann, IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh, emphasized that science and sustainability are the building blocks of a brighter future. He encouraged everyone to cultivate their passion for both and work towards creating a better world that benefits not only ourselves but also our communities and our planet.
The Role of Philanthropy in Education
Muhammed Aziz Khan, the first Bangladeshi in UNICEF’s International Council, reiterated his message that the Covid-19 pandemic was the largest disruption to education in history. He emphasised the importance of getting children learning again to help secure their future. As part of Summit Group’s CSR initiative, it provides a matching grant enabling JAAGO Foundation to educate 4,500 underprivileged students across Bangladesh using their UNESCO award-winning teaching model.
Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, encouraged the students to keep learning, keep listening, and keep asking questions, for it is through this process that we unlock the true potential of the human mind. He added that UNICEF supports specialised learning programs for 3,000 children living in Dhaka South City Corporation Zones 3, 4, and 5 who have dropped out of school.
Live Digital Classes and Virtual Interaction
Visitors had the opportunity to witness live digital classes from JAAGO Foundation’s Habiganj, Bandarban, and Rangpur locations. Muhammed Aziz Khan also joined one of these digital classes and interacted with the students virtually. The event concluded with a prize-giving ceremony where the winning teams were presented with prizes by Muhammed Aziz Khan and Sheldon Yett, acknowledging their achievements and encouraging further participation and innovation in science.
Digital education and science and technology played a significant role in the JAAGO Annual Science Fair projects. Digital education has become more critical than ever before. The projects presented by the students demonstrated the innovative use of technology and digital platforms to solve various problems in fields like healthcare, agriculture, and environmental conservation. Science and technology integration in education has the potential to empower students and equip them with the necessary skills to tackle the challenges of the future. JAAGO Foundation’s use of ICT to provide education to underprivileged students is a prime example of how technology can be leveraged to bridge the education gap and provide opportunities for all.
JAAGO Foundation’s Vision
JAAGO Foundation’s Founder, Korvi Rakshand, expressed his gratitude to Summit Group for their unwavering support towards JAAGO’s vision of providing quality education to underprivileged children. He added that our children are not just the future, they are the present, and it is our duty to equip them with the necessary tools and skills to shape a better tomorrow.
In conclusion, the JAAGO Annual Science Fair 2023 was a testament to the innovative ideas and talents of the students. It showcased the power of science in addressing global challenges and the importance of philanthropy in providing access to quality education. JAAGO Foundation’s vision of creating a brighter future for underprivileged children in Bangladesh was also reaffirmed.