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Kajoli ECL Centers for slum children

Eight Kajoli ECL centers have been set up recently for slum children at 8 points at Mirpur area in Dhaka city. Each center would assist 90 children who would be prepared for subsequent admission in primary schools. They would run in 3 shifts and follow the Fun and Game teaching method of Kajoli Model. The Model was developed by Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB).

Eakok, an organization working for slum children, has created this opportunity for the slum children. After in-depth discussions and following visits to the sites, RIB decided to extend cooperation to Eakok from a sense of commitment to help slum children to be interested to education. RIB will provide technical assistance to Eakok on condition that the latter will implement the Kajoli Model of teaching and community participation in full.

Already 8 teachers have been trained by RIB on Kajoli Teaching Methods in Bangla, English, and Math through a formal training session which was held in Mohammadpur and organized by Eakok. The organization is committed to follow the various requirements of the Model, including equal emphasis on learning component and community participation in the running of the centers.

Eakok has agreed to encourage mothers to be closely connected with the centers through participation in classroom activities once a month by rotation. It is hoped that participation of the teachers and mothers, along with cooperation from RIB and Eakok, would enhance a sense of community ownership and participation. This will in turn contribute to sustainability of the centers to continue supporting education of underprivileged slum-children.

 

March, 2017

 
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Kajoli Model, a “Fun and Game” approach to Early Childhood Learning is composed of two important components: learning through fun and community participation. By following the model, children learn to read and write Bangla, English and Math in the course of a year. After completion of the course at a Kajoli Center, the children are ready for admission in the local Government Primary School. RIB’s contribution to the Centers is mainly aimed at continuously improving the way children learn to read and write and do math effortlessly and with fun. RIB also facilitates training and annual gathering of Kajoli teachers where the latter share ideas developed continuously over the year.

A Kajoli teachers’ annual gathering was held on 21th of December, 2016 in Saidpur Upazilla under Nilphamari district. Dr. Shamsul Bari, Chairman of RIB spoke about the main ideology of Kajoli Model, which included developing a sense of ownership of the centers by the local community, factors that promote sustainability of Kajoli Centers and the like. Teachers shared their experiences, success stories of Kajoli kids along with their communities’ commitment towards Kajoli.

The teachers expressed their interest and love of the model and their commitment to carry on the mission of Kajoli ECL system which includes preparing the kids for primary school. Additional material prepared by RIB for improvement in the teaching of Bangla, English and Maths were introduced and discussed at the meeting.

There were 122 teachers along with some new teachers who said that factors like Kajoli teaching methods, social status and community ownership of the Centers, rather than dependency on outside help, help them to be enthusiastic Kajoli teachers. There were also some who came to learn more about the program and how the Centers are run and nurtured by the communities themselves. Some guests from North America took part in the gathering to learn from teachers how they teach and how community members play the key role to run such program.

After the training and discussion sessions, steel trunks, contributed by RIB, were distributed to the teachers for safe-keeping of education material set the Kajoli Centers. The inspirational participation of teachers, animators, champions and others associated with the Centers were testimony to the sense of their ownership and love of them of the Centers.


 
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RIB’s Chairman Dr. Shamsul Bari has trained and sensitized three young Indian men to be trainers of Kajoli Model in India on June 18, 2015. One of them is also an apps maker who will develop an app for learning Hindi which can be adapted for any other language.


Anushruti, a School for hearing and speech impaired children located in Uttarakhand, India has shown interest to know in-depth about Kajoil Early Childhood Learning for its better incorporation into their curriculum for the special needs children.

 
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We are delighted to announce the opening of a new Kajoli center at Sarabo, Gazipur right beside the Beximco Industrial Park on 17 April 2015. Children of the locality will be attending this center for one year before they get prepared for admission into nearby primary schools. Teacher has been selected from the community. Guardians and respective community people have willingly decided to pay teacher’s salary and children’s mid-day meal.

We will like to acknowledge the generosity of Shaheen Chowdhury and Omar Kaisar Chowdhury for providing space of the center house. And also a big thanks to our young friend Labannya for all her enthusiasm in education and particularly in Kajoli early childhood learning.

22.04.2015

 
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RIB’s chairman Dr. Shamsul Bari gave a public lecture in a curriculum integration event titled 'The Power of Positive Deviance' on 4 April 2015 at Shilpokola Academy. The event was organized by the Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) Department of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). He was invited to share his ideas of positive deviance and also his experience of being a positively deviant person with the students and faculties of ULAB. Kajoli Early Childhood Learning Model was highlighted in the event as an example of positive deviance. The audiences considered this Model as unique, easy-to-teach and very effective “low cost or no cost” method for educating the underprivileged kids in an enjoyable way. Dr. Bari later also inaugurated the Visual Art Exhibition arranged by the same Department.

22.04.2015

 
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