Every year when the public university result publishes in Bangladesh, we saw the inspiring story in the newspaper like: Day laborer’s Girl became First in Medical Exam or Farmer’s Boy became First in Dhaka University’s Ka Unit. Stories like this inspire us and also deepen our belief that ‘Every Child has the potential to do great things in life no matter where they are born or which school they go to’. Although many of us will not admit that in their action and always try their best to put their children in the best schools. But deep down we believe in the amazing creative potential of children.
What if stories like the one mentioned become mainstream and then it’s not a story anymore? What if we create a system in school that allows every child to become more creative, push the boundary and give the necessary tools to flourish to reach her maximum potential?
How about we can provide the necessary tools and skills to the teachers in the most rural and remote schools in Bangladesh? Will the students in those schools can give us inspiring stories?
Light of Hope believes in so. We believe that every child has the creative potential to change the world. And the reason we exist in the world is to facilitate that.
edotco Bangladesh also believes so. Telecommunication infrastructure company edotco Bangladesh also believes so. Driven by social commitment, edotco has been working since its commencement for the enhancement of the community, especially for those who remain out of hope. The first pillar of edotco’s sustainability efforts is continued commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the various communities living near the tower sites. The Tower to Community project is one of edotco Group’s key initiatives where they provide free electricity to the underprivileged community who are detached from national power grids. To-date, edotco has ensured free electricity support to at least 1000 households, including households, mosques, school.
Edotco has a cohesive and advanced plan to work simultaneously with the Government in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing support towards the education sector of Bangladesh. While their core value is to community enrichment, reducing the education gap in those communities and giving children a fair shot at life was a natural choice.
More about edotco Bangladesh later.
The education gap between a child in the top English Medium school in Dhaka and a child in a school located in char in rural District is enormous. But by no means, those children in rural schools are less creative. Our researches already proved that. So, Light of Hope developed an innovative, low-cost and scalable ‘School Development Program’ to reduce that education quality gap between the top and bottom schools in Bangladesh. Already 300+ schools are under this program and over 100,000+ children are getting the benefits.
And that’s how edotco and Light of Hope’s values matched. Both agreed to do a pilot project in 2 schools located in Shariatpur District’s Naria Upazila under LoH’s ‘School Development Program’. Under this pilot initiative, more than 1250 students in South Lonshing and Naria Model Govt. Primary School is getting impact now.
The ‘School Development Program’ usually starts with setting up a library with age-appropriate storybooks to improve reading skills (language skills), imagination and creativity among children.
In the second round, a Science-Lab-In-a-Box is provided to schools with all the necessary science toys and tools so that children can learn about science first hand. Teachers are properly trained and necessary audio-visual contents with science experiments are provided. Now, can these children can learn more effectively and develop their own science projects?
The schools received solar-run multimedia classroom developed by Light of Hope called Sputnique. Teachers are trained on how to use the system and lot of learning contents are provided to make learning engaging, interactive and fun for children.
Since teachers are the lifeblood of a school and their skills, their passion and their dedication determine how well a school is going to perform, LoH is giving a life-changing journey for these teachers with year-long training and engagement to perform better as teachers.
While the pilot project is coming to its end, both edotco and Light of Hope are in discussion to expand this project in other sites (communities) where edotco is working. And in the process will continue to reduce the education quality gap between children in rural and urban areas and giving all children in a fair shot to reach their true potential. edotco is managing over 9,900 towers and sites in Bangladesh now. If one site can impact 1250+ students in just two schools, how much impact can be created in the next 5-10 years?
This project is a statement that shows when two organizations with the same value and belief work together, amazing things can happen.
About edotco Bangladesh
edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).
edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 29,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions.