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    Posted June 24, 2014 by
    ssanik
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    Dhaka, Bangladesh
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    When Dream Comes True

     
    "Bangladesh has so much to be proud of”, that’s what we believe in.
    Somewhere deep down, we've all got a few crazy dreams we'd like to live out. We also have to realize that we can be the source of inspiration for others.
    While we can’t always be role models for everyone in every specific endeavor, we can always offer encouraging words and support. It is amazing how a few encouraging words can be a catalyst for someone. Encouragement can remind others that to be extraordinary, one only has to be ordinary.
    Education is piece of you that can never be taken away; no one can take what's inside of you. A teacher can only give you the tools and fundamentals, but to achieve goals past school is a thing of its own.

    Today’s Bangladesh is struggling with 6.6 million un-educated male and female as per financial express report (6th February, 2013). Education is the only thing can change the course of mind, spare you of the bumps and bruises of life, and turn wrong situations around.

    ‘Light of Hope’ (In abbreviation: LoH) aims to provide quality education to the rural school children by giving them access to e-education. The team consists of about 30 people from various inter-related professional and educational sectors of Bangladesh. The team believes that- every child is born equally; but the opportunity provided to them makes them unequal. LoH wants to reduce that inequality; the gap in quality of education between developed countries and Bangladesh.

    Starting in late 2013, LoH draws attention by winning 3rd prize out of a total number of 816 projects in Dell Education Challenge, 2013– a global competition among university students in Austin, Texas, USA. The founding members are students studying abroad and faculties in American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). They have formed a volunteer team at AIUB for developing and collecting e-education materials for Standard 1 to 5. The Light of Hope team now consists of about 30 people who are working for e-education training and management of the project.

    LoH successfully opened their first pilot school - Porosmoni Bidyaniketon located at Pakundia, Kishoreganj on 14th June. The school is equipped with laptop, projector, e-materials, internet access etc that runs with solar system supported by country’s largest solar system provider – Grameen Shakti. The local teachers are trained on laptop and internet use, and e-education facilitation. During daytime the teachers take class using the laptop and various e-materials stored inside the laptop. The teachers and students are now involved in an enhanced classroom environment where higher level of teacher-student engagement will be ensured to improve the learning experience of the students. In the afternoon, the nearby students come to the school for study using the LED lights. The households don’t have to burn expensive kerosene for the children’s study. On weekends, the students enjoy various educational cartoons and movies on diverse issues like child marriage, environment, dowry etc.
    This is just the beginning of a new journey, with more hope and strength. Light of Hope will turn our beloved country into Land of Hope.

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