Perspectives on the visions of Agami Education Foundation
A smile, a shine, a twinkling, a dream -- the divine innocence in the midst of uncalled for struggles -- for survival, for existence, for identity, to be heard, to be noticed. How far do their visions reach? For some, it's an apprehension what the life has to offer the following day and for others, every day's struggle is a source of strength to move on to the next unknown.
These remain the realities of more than half of the children in Bangladesh. Needless to say, underprivileged is the term used to describe these categories. When generalised, inevitable truths for them are to possess limited capacity to dare, short-lived dreams to wake up to terrible uncertainties, lack of confidence and courage to pursue their ambitions, and infrequent occurrences of desires to continue with their pursuit of knowledge. Could these future generations be ever envisioned to become changemakers? The answer lies on the community mindset who can leverage a little bit of their privileges to materialize the dreams of these underprivileged minds for a better future, through overcoming the barriers to education. True means of empowering these individuals would be to make themselves familiar with their own capability, to impart them with the reliance to feel competent enough and to make them inclined to welcome innovation, challenges and uphold quality.
This is the vision that echoes within Agami Education Foundation (AEF) that operates in Bangladesh as a sister concern of Agami Inc, USA. A major part of this initiative, so to speak, revolves around identifying the impediments towards learning environments, such as poor infrastructure, inadequate teaching learning aids and facilities, socio-economic stand point to acknowledge the importance of continuing education, lacking in incentives to improvise on the knowledge delivery, aversion and demotivation towards skill enhancement through technology integration, and other related parametres. Addressing each of the loopholes while targeting both quantitative and qualitative shifts in socio-economic, cultural and lifelong orientation certainly poses a demanding undertaking.
Notwithstanding the immense and overwhelming level of uncertainties towards reaching thousands of underprivileged mindsets, along with the community, AEF continues to impact education, health, and poverty through their enlightening content, skill development initiatives, infrastructural improvement, transformation of teaching and learning methods, awareness on hygiene and most importantly, the sensitisation. It is the very realisation, the acknowledgement of the incentives that will make these little minds to continue and to grow up to becoming better capable individuals coping with the adversities that the life has to offer.
For visions to envision a better future for the underprivileged, let us hand them over with the shine of hope to challenge back, let us show the way forward to nurture their innovative minds, let us create scope for them to flourish and create room for them to expand as holistic problem solvers, let us contribute in the making of focused and empowered individuals to be commended as the nation developers.
The author is a PhD holder, and Lead Coordinator of Life is Fun, Science Education Program, Agami Education Foundation (A sister concern of Agami Inc. USA).