Anandalok Schools

NETZ supports primary schools run by local communities with an improved teaching and learning concept for pre-primary level and classes 1 to 5 in remote areas of Bangladesh with a shortage of public schools. More than 30 of these educational institutions, called Anandalok School, have been built and equipped since 2008. The word “anandalok” can best be translated as “world of happiness”. The schools are established, organised and sustained in close collaboration with the local community. At the same time, the management committee of each school is responsible for supervision and administrative tasks.

Overall, each child attends these schools for six years, including one year of pre-primary education. Per class one teacher is responsible for 30 students. The national curriculum is followed and complemented by child-friendly learning materials. The quality of the lessons is enhanced through intensive training and professional supervision of the teachers. They receive regular trainings in comprehensive child-centred teaching methods and for inclusion of children with special needs to ensure the quality of education. The teachers are in continuous dialogue with the parents of all students, especially with parents of potential dropout students. Regular discussions on the status and quality of primary education in the community are conducted with representatives from local authorities, educational institutions and NGOs.

Since 2011, every Anandalok School student who participated in the official final examination for primary schools graduated successfully.

Every year, 30 children are newly admitted to each school and two health camps are organised per school. Doctors provide basic health treatment to all students and if necessary for their siblings, including vaccinations and deworming. During „Monga“, a famine-like period from October to November, supplementary food is provided to all students to strengthen and maintain their health and concentration. Different extra-curricular activities like project days, sports and cultural events are organised to foster the creativity of the students. Further, a small library is set up at every school.

Creating a children-friendly environment

In most cases the land needed for school construction is donated by people from the community. Each Anandalok School is build cost-efficiently. All buildings are equipped with a ramp for children with physical disabilities, three classrooms, a teacher’s office with an attached library and three toilets. Every classroom is 30m2 in size and receives sufficient natural light. One room is particularly designed for pre-school students. All schools are equipped with learning and teaching materials. These are complemented with self-made materials over time, e.g. seeds or jute sticks for Maths lessons or simple toys made out of coconut leaves and other natural materials. Every Anandalok School has an open space where students assemble at the beginning of the school and play out-door games in leisure time. The school campus is beautified with a small garden of flowers and plants.

Voices from Anandalok schools

"Tasmin has a dream. She wants to work after finishing high school, maybe as a teacher or a doctor”, says Tasmin's mother.

Tasmin and her little brother Tuhin are both Anandalok School students. “Tuhin is in class 1 now. His teacher already taught him a lot. She did not only ‘impart’ knowledge, but also taught him our traditional dances and songs. Furthermore, the school regularly organises sport events. Especially Tuhin is always exited about them”, says their mother. She went to school up to class 9. After her marriage she became a housewife. “I am glad that my daughter has more opportunities to shape her life now-a-days. Tasmin has a dream. She wants to work after finishing high school, maybe as a teacher or a doctor.” And she continues: “All parents hope the best for their children. It is also my dream that Tasmin and Tuhin will lead a good life later on. My children are my hope!” “I want to become like my elder sister”, says Tuhin. “She can read very fast!” Also her teachers are impressed by the 11-year-old girl. They praise Tasmin as a bright girl and very interested in the lessons. Especially in English she is outstanding with her speaking and reading skills.

 

 

Shojib is 11 years old and a class 5 student at Anandalok School. "After my final examination I want to continue studying. I like going to school!"

“I only went to school up to class seven”, says his mother. “But I want my children to have a chance for a better education. That is why I am also member of the School Management Committee of Shojib’s school and attend regularly in our monthly meetings. Furthermore, I go to the school almost every week to talk to the teachers, students and other parents. It is great that all students live in the neighbourhood of the school. Therefore, everybody knows each other and the school is an inherent part of our community life.” Shojib lives together with his mother and an aunt. His aunt will complete her high school this year. “Shojib is a smart boy. Only his spelling needs some further improvement. Therefore, we are learning together from time to time. I am sure that he will get a good job later – may be even nearby our district.”

 

 

Anandalok School teacher: Shahanaj Parvin

Shahanaj Parvin, 32, is an Anandalok School teacher. “When I graduated from high school I wanted to become an advocate. But as the college was too far away from my home I decided to become a teacher. I never regretted this decision. I love to pass my knowledge to the new generation. It fills me with joy to see how much my students already learned and what this means for them!” Since December 2008 she works at Kobi Sufia Kamal Anandalok School in Gaibandha. “Many things changed since I started working here. Back then, many parents did not understand why education is important for their children or why the students have to come to class in time. Also many girls were taken out of high school around class 6 and were married off. Their parents brought forward the argument that they also lead their life without a high standard of education.But after putting a lot of efforts in parents’ meetings and involving the community we reached awareness for the importance of education. Now many parents want their daughters to finish their education.”

 

 

The School Management Commitee (SMC): Chairman Abdullah Mia

Abdullah Mia is chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC) at Kobi Sufia Kamal Anandalok School. “Our main task is to ensure a good management of the school. I meet the other eleven members every month. Among them are teachers, students, parents and local people who are interested in enhancing the quality of education at our school.”

He has been working as a doctor for 26 years. Therefore he is also the responsible person for the facilitation of the health camps which take place at the school twice a year. “I belong to the SMC since the school was established. In 2008, we selected the teachers and students. Today we see these students in class six or seven in High School. This makes us very happy.”

“Abdullah Mia is a very committed person. Many other people would expect to get paid for the work but he does it voluntarily”, says one of the school’s teacher.

Right to education

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Contact

Anastasia Rau

Programme Officer
rau@remove-this.bangladesch.org
Phone: 0(049) 64 41 - 9 74 63-20

I am impressed by the attendance rate of teachers and students at the Anandalok schools. We learn a lot from the NETZ monitoring system. I visited every Anandalok school here in this area and I am impressed by their quality of education. The teachers are very skilled and motivated