Geography and poverty alone are enough to prevent most children from going to school and obtaining basic literacy, numeracy, and life skills – keys which prepare them for successful and productive adulthood. For the last 13 years, JAAGO Foundation strives to ensure quality education (Sustainable Development Goal- 4) for the underprivileged, underserved, and hard-to-reach students.
Like every year, students of JAAGO Foundation School have come out victorious in the SSC examinations this year despite having all odds from society. 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.
JAAGO Foundation Education Initiative in this Pandemic Situation
Bangladesh is also suffering a great deal due to this pandemic. The government of Bangladesh has shut down all educational institutions for an indefinite period of time. With the school being closed for the last two and a half months, parents are worried about their child’s education. Bangladesh has one of the largest education systems in the world. We have millions of students to cater in this situation. The only possible way to initiate education in this situation is to start a distance learning education system. Fortunately, the Government of Bangladesh has already established a backbone structure of technology so that we can initiate a distance learning program effectively.
The JAAGO Foundation believes “Education cannot wait”. With this view, JAAGO Foundation came up with an idea and started implementing a distance learning program with a blended learning approach so that we can cater to all kinds of students (formal, non formal, & special needs).
According to BTRC, almost 99.5 million people have internet access, and almost 165 million people have some sort of mobile access to them. For those who have internet access and can afford internet, JAAGO Foundation has come up with the idea of taking live digital online interactive classes, free of cost, during the lockdown & and provided solutions for millions of students who are sitting at home through this Digital Education Initiative (DEI). Digital Education Initiative uses low-cost software and shares LIVE on both Facebook and YouTube with thousands of viewers for self-paced learning.
Last but not least in the era of “No One Left Behind”, to make a difference in the lives of untouched ones (underprivileged and nonformal: who can not afford internet) JAAGO came up with an innovative approach to providing education to students through their “TelEd” initiative, JAAGO is operating classes over the group voice call, voice messaging service and short messaging service.
Now all the students will have the opportunity to read, write, learn, and understand the concepts with the teacher sitting far away from them. These interactive education models 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. These initiatives can be a role model for any county trying to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic situation without shutting down their education system for an indefinite period of time.