Magura's Arpara Model School has been awarded the title of “The Best School in Bangladesh” for continuing to provide all the necessary government services, and because of the many progressive initiatives taken by the school administration.
The school follows a unique daily curriculum which plays a profound role in facilitating a child's mental growth.
Arpara Model School was founded in 1945 and nationalized in 1973. In 2011, Yasmin Akter joined as a chief faculty at the school. This year she received the award of “Best Primary School Teacher”. Ever since Yasmin joined, she started reforming the school's performance.
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The school's admission process and teacher-student records are fully digitized. The school also has its own website and Facebook page with all its information.
The students begin their day by jotting down “What happened on this day in history” on an information board and also the birth dates of famous personalities. If a student can do so correctly, he or she is given a medal.
Steps have been taken to instill moral values in the students. There is a shop named “Honesty Shop” on the premises that has no cashier, and the children themselves are responsible for the transactions when making purchases.
Some hangars have been put up on the wall on which students who are more privileged can put up clothes they do not use anymore to help out those in need.
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Students engaging in acts of goodwill are rewarded by having their photos put up under the “Praiseworthy Conduct Archives” to inspire other students to follow their examples.
There are various other facilities such as a library for guardians, where they can read children books and engage in storytelling sessions. Midday meals for students have also been made possible due to local support.
Yasmin says: “I am not working to gain any recognition. I have been dreaming of such a school for a long time. It was a difficult initiative but the support from my colleagues and the locals has made my dream a reality.”
Arpara Model School has not only gained a reputation as the best primary school of the country but has also revolutionized the education system through its daily activities.
On February 2017, the school was awarded the best primary school and Yasmin Akter was recognized as the best chief educator of 2017 by the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.