One fine morning, JAAGO welcomed guests from miles away. Ms. Helen Grant, British Prime Minister’s Special Envoy visited JAAGO Foundation Banani school to meet the students and learn more about how the digital education system works. She spoke to the children about their families, aspirations, and how they wanted to make Bangladesh better.
Helen Grant, a British lawmaker and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special envoy on girls’ education, has praised our digital and remote learning systems amid pandemics. She stressed that girls must return to school as in-person learning builds trust and confidence in the education system.
Ms. Grant also interacted virtually with the students of JAAGO Foundation Gaibandha, Bandarban & Habiganj school, who are getting access to quality education through video conferencing technology.
Youth volunteers from Volunteer for Bangladesh were also present at the event. They shared their opinion on how volunteerism has impacted their lives and helped them overcome mental issues they faced during lockdown for COVID-19.
“Investing in girls’ education is an absolute game-changer. Sadly over half of all girls under 25 in Bangladesh are married before their 18th birthday. I am delighted to meet the students of JAAGO. And I agree with the foundation’s belief that ensuring equal access to education for all makes the world a better place”, she said.
Ms. Grant was accompanied by Ms. Judith Herbertson, Development Director, British High Commission, and officials from British High Commission. They were amazed by the children’s courage to dream big and the passion and commitment that the volunteers have shown.
“It was a pleasure meeting the British Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, Helen Grant, and knowing that we share a similar vision of eradicating poverty through education”, said Mr. Korvi Rakshand, Founder of JAAGO Foundation.