Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) is a non-profit organization, established in 1998 by Non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) to help the poorest children in rural Bangladesh to get quality education and skill training. It raises funds from the non-resident Bangladeshis and their American friends through its head office in New York and implements programs in Bangladesh through its Dhaka office. It is a charity organization registered in New York, New Jersey and in Bangladesh.
We EDUCATE, INSPIRE, CONNECT, and DEVELOP the students of secondary education in rural Bangladesh.Many Bangladeshi rural families cannot financially afford their children and continue their studies. Thus, students dropout every year. Bringing them back together is a major challenge, but the efforts of VAB and its partners are making it possible.
Upgrading of science, computer and vocational labs and the library fall in this category. Some assistance in infrastructure upgrading may be provided under this category. Schools may be encouraged to have a scheme of contributing to an endowment that in the future can provide a steady stream fund for improvement projects.
Measures are an innovative set of activities to ignite the interest of rural communities in education, and include projects to link the communities with the schools through parent-teacher meetings and alumni contacts. Schools are encouraged to develop relationship with the community through voluntary societal work by the students guided by the teachers. The successful empowerment of the link with the community is the key to sustainability of continual improvement.
Measures include teachers’ training, performance awards for teachers, professional day for teachers, headmasters’ seminars and best performance school awards.