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United approach to alternative education in rural communities

Green Ink, Grow Your Reader Foundation, along with Barisal Youth Society (BYS) sign MoU to develop alternative education among marginalized communities

Update : 06 Jul 2022, 11:34 AM

Green Ink, Grow Your Reader Foundation, along with Barisal Youth Society (BYS), have come together to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to develop a sustainable self-designed education-based project that will aim to achieve the concept of alternative education among marginalized communities.

The organizations will interchange their expertise and knowledge to implement all the project activities within targeted zones starting from Barisal, according to a media release.

Green Ink CEO Ehsan Kabir, Grow Your Reader Foundation CEO Sadia Jafrin Khan and Founder of BYS Faez Belal were present at the MOU signing ceremony. 

The project’s objective is to cater to communities living in both rural and urban regions of Bangladesh. 

By choosing the most vulnerable zones in the area, the program will start operating in Barisal region. A three-wheeled van will be converted into a mobile library with unique branding that will go across Barisal’s various neighborhoods. 

In the low-income communities of the Barisal region, the three-wheeled mobile library will create a proper learning environment, where access to education is difficult for many people due to the economic crisis and a lack of resources like books, mobile devices, computers, laptops, the internet, etc that are needed to acquire knowledge.

Through innovative methods, the initiative provides the most disadvantaged with a learning platform. The “WoW (Wheels of Wisdom) project” by Grow Your Reader Foundation began its journey at the very first phase of the nation-wise lockdown in Bangladesh. 

The primary goal of the project was to provide education to the students belonging to underprivileged communities. WoW won the Electric Information For Libraries (EIFL) 15th Library Innovation Award supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Program for the public libraries contributing to education recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic across the world. 

On the other hand, BYS and Green Ink in partnership with Project Defy India have introduced an alternative method of self-designed learning center “Nook” in Bangladesh in the city of Barisal during the Covid-19 lockdown, in order to satisfy the educational needs of the marginalized communities. 

Nook model has been recognized among 100 inspiring innovations that are changing the face of education in 2021 by HundrED.

Through this partnership, the capacity of WoW will be enhanced to provide more support to the marginalized community where the under-resourced community will get the opportunity to learn about self-designing learning to be a global citizen like a resourceful community.

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