A Story of a Primary School at Chirirbandar Upazila, Dinajpur

Tarakshaharhat RNGPS a Rural School of Satnala Union of Chirirbandar Upazila. It is situated beside the Isamoti River near Tarakshaharhat. The people of this area are very poor and most of them are day labourer and farmer. The rate of literacy if this village is very poor.

Students performing daily assembly

Students performing daily assembly

Some interested people of this remote area feel the necessity of learning and established this school on 1972.  As the literacy is very low and people were not aware enough. The involvement of the mass people of the community was not visible. The parents sent their children to school as the elite person requested to dao so but not interested to take care of the learning of their children. The SMC was not also proper functioning and no PTA was there. As the parents were int interested in children’s learning and care the attendance rate was low. The average attendance was below 90% hence children of this area are not enrolled in school 100%. The school was established but there are many limitations like inadequate teaching learning materials, safe water facility as the attendance rate was low. A part of this few students attends Primary Somapony exam (PSC). The result of PSC was not also satisfactory. In 2009 PSC result was 54%, in 2010 PSC result was 90.91%, in 2011, 90.19% and in 2012 PSC result was 100%. Present head teachers of this school was very potential. He tried to get better results, better enrollment and good physical infrastructure of the school. He always seek support from GO and NGO for betterment the school as a whole.

Visitors talk with students

Visitors talk with students

In response to the present Head Teacher’s request JSKS support to the community and school for ensuring quality education under its School Improvement Project. This project is supported by Plan Bangladesh. JKSK has started her support in the school from 2006 till now is continuing its support. Through this project JSKS supporting Shishu Bikash Kendro,  Pre-school , reflective and joyful learning, Reading-guarantee initiative, Effective instructional materials, teacher education (training), inclusive education, student assessment reform,  effective and participatory school management, Student council, Children managed school library, school health & sanitation, Learn Without Fear (LWF), and various co-curricular activities.

JSKS believes that all children have the potentiality and if they get the opportunity they will do better and the children of this school have proved this.

Now the school has the potential SMC, PTA and SLIP committee and they are known their responsibilities and they work for betterment of the school. They organized and conduct meeting, visit school, linkage with GO,NGO regularly.

The active student’s council of the school published regular wall magazine, arranged various cultural activities, maintain personal and environmental hygiene and maintain school library as well.

The school improved the teaching learning process, have adequate teaching learning materials which is used by the teacher in class room as regular basis. Attendance rate goes up 98% and the Primary Somapony result is 100%.

The present head teacher-Mr. Brozendro Nath Singho says” from 1989 I was the assistant teacher of this school, became Head teacher in 2010 and also a member of the Community Based Organization (CBO) member from 2001 till now. I came to know that JSKS supports to the community and school for ensuring quality education with the assistance of Plan Bangladesh, I seek support from JSKS  from for Shishu Bikash Kendro, Pre-school and School Improvement Planning (SIP) support and JSKS accept my request Now parents are more aware about children’s care. because every month the school organized parents meeting/mother gathering, the school have the active student’s council, have safe water facilities, adequate teaching learning materials and now the rate of passing Primary Somapony is 100%. I thanked JSKS as well as Plan Bangladesh for providing the support.”

The School Management Committee (SMC) Chairman –Mr.Md. Mynuddin Shah says” I am proud of our school Tarakshaharhat RNGPS. Though earlier the school has many problems such as the SMC members were not about their roles and responsibilities, parents were not visit the school, were not available play materials etc. From 2010 we the SMC members, parents, students, CBO members, UP members, local elites prepared the School Improvement Planning. Based on the planning we have done the work where JSKS always support us for giving suggestion and various training. As a result the school is better than earlier.”

The Cashier of Community Based Organization (CBO) –Mr.Manik Chandro Roy Says” now many people visit our school, earlier 3-4 years children were not involve any learning session but now the children involve in Shishu Bikash Kendro (SBK).  In SBK, children are reciting rhyme, they can indentify colors. Now we arranged various day observations. The students are attending the school regularly. We the SMC member meets in monthly basis. In this year the school got 100% pass.”

The Student Council Member and student of class Five -Shyamol- says” Our school is very beautiful. We the student council member published wall magazine in bi-monthly which was written by students and managed by student council. We like to do the work. Every year JSKS give us various play materials, story books. We can play and read nice story books and in our leisure time.”

PS teacher conducting class

PS teacher conducting class

The student name Adoya, student of class Four says” We all are free from fear. Our teachers never bit us. We can say our opinion through our opinion box. When we feel any problems/bad we write that put it in the box then the committee minimizes the problems. Our teacher teaches us through various colorful and attractive materials. When we are unable to understand teacher teaches us smoothly. We can drink safe water. Our school is very nice.”