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Volunteers Association for Bangladesh


The Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB, pronounced VaaB – meaning “idea” or “feeling” in Bengali) aims at empowering poor children of rural Bangladesh to have a brighter future. VAB helps them gain quality high school education and vocational skills training.

Since its establishment in 1998, VAB has helped more than 300,000 young men and women and their families in rural areas of Bangladesh. VAB’s mission is now moving forward with greater strength and higher hopes.

Latest Developments

UNICEF officials visited VAB Bangladesh activities in Shyamnagar, Satkhira

The officials of the Khulna Field Office of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) visited the activities of the Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) in Shyamnagar of Satkhira.  

The officials of the Khulna Field Office of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) visited the activities of the Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) in Shyamnagar of Satkhira. The Head of the Khulna Field Office of  UNICEF, Mr. Md. Kausar Hossain, and Education Officer Mr. Md. Sajidul Islam visited the Shyamnagar Field Office of VAB and the VAB Technical Training Institute  on the third floor of the JC Complex in Shyamnagar Sadar, and exchanged views with students, teachers, technical training institute manager and trainer.

Mr. Mina Habibur Rahman, Upazila Academic Supervisor (UAS) of Shyamnagar Upazila Secondary Education Office (USEO) was present as a special guest. Students and teachers of the VAB Bangladesh project schools in Shyamnagar and officials of the field office of VAB greeted the UNICEF officials with flowers. They also informed the latter about various activities of VAB Bangladesh. The activities of VAB Bangladesh were highlighted by students Tazmira Khatun, Debjyoti Biswas, Computer Trainees Mamun and Sabrina of the VAB Technical Training Institute, Field Officer and Manager of the Technical Training Institute Mr. Abdul Alim, Computer Trainer Mr. Abdullah Al Mamun, Kanthalbaria AG Secondary School's Headmaster Mr. Md. Azaharul Islam, and Chingrakhali Secondary School's Headmaster Mr. Joydeb Biswas.

During the hour-long discussion, the officials of UNICEF's Khulna Field Office learnt the details of VAB Bangladesh's activities. They expressed their satisfaction with the VAB Bangladesh activities and thanked VAB Bangladesh. On behalf of VAB Bangladesh, we express our sincere  gratitude to the officials of UNICEF's Khulna Field Office.

Cooperation between UNDP and VAB

Cooperation between UNDP and VAB

in e-learning by students of rural schools of Bangladesh

According to a recently signed “Statement of Intent”, operational for six months starting on November 1, UNDP Bangladesh and the Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) will cooperate on an e-learning pilot project which aims to enhance access to education of 191 SSC (2021 and 2022) candidates with assistance from 22 teachers in 9 schools located in Satkhira, Kurigram, Nilphamary, Pabna, and Jashore. e-Learning by students of rural schools is a “first” for Bangladesh. The cooperative project is expected to achieve progressively greater technology diffusion in rural areas which will contribute to supplying digital skills as Bangladesh enters the 4IR era.

VAB Introduces e-Learning in Rural High Schools

A “first” for Bangladesh in the use of a screening app in tablets for students

Online education has been gaining grounds all around the world, essentially because of convenience and cost-effectiveness. The pandemic, imposing its ravages on on-site in-person schooling, generated a boost for online education. However, online education is dependent on the availability of ICT infrastructure, hardware and software, which are expensive and thus, invariably place developing countries among the community of nations, and resource-poor segments of population within each country in a highly disadvantaged position. The impact of the pandemic on education in Bangladesh has been an alarming “education deficit”, and in the underprivileged rural sector, a deficit of a disastrous proportion.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

VAB’s Founder and President Dr. A T Rafiqur Rahman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

It is with great honor and pride that we announce that Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, has just presented A T Rafiqur Rahman, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, for his “achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field”.

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