An Exemplary Contribution by two High School Students

Zarmeen Hasan and Tommy Skripps of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School near Boston, Massachusetts, USA took up their senior High School project on the “Role of VAB in changing the life opportunities of  rural students in Bangladesh through Quality Education”. They made a study of VAB work and its impact on the disadvantaged children, raised awareness among their peers and conducted fund raisers for the cause of these children. They raised $2165.00 in fund raising and donated the money to VAB.

They both are at university now to pursue their career goals. Both expressed strong desire to be in Bangladesh and visit a few of the schools sometime in the future.

We extend thanks and deep appreciation to Zarmeen and Tommy for their inspirational work.

VAB Contribution makes stunning results

Mr. Aminul Karim, coordinator of VAB Chicago, Illinois, USA branch of VAB, donated three pieces of a computer device, Raspberry Pi, to Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDOSN), a non-profit voluntary organization, a close partner of VAB in Math Olympiad program in 2017. BDOSN, with the dynamic and innovative leadership of Engr. Munir Hasan, conducted a series of training of High School students using the devices, Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

The year-long activities with a series of training allowed BDOSN to send a delegate of eight students to compete in the 20th International Robot Olympiad at Manila in the Philippines. 800 participants from 15 countries took part.

“Robo Tigers” group with Kazi Mustahid Labib and Tafsir Tahreem of Chittagong Grammar School (Dhaka) and Meher Mahmud of Maple Leaf International School (Dhaka) obtained Gold Medal at the Creative Junior Group.

Congratulations to the winners and appreciation to BDOSN for making effective use of the devices.


Launching of Employable Skill Development Program

 “Engineers ’66 Employable Computer Skill Development Program” was launched on December 5, between Engineers 66 Foundation and VAB to promote self-employment and job opportunities for the rural students in computer applications. The program will train 12 teachers from twelve different high schools and 60 students in groups of fifteen in four of the selected schools. Students at SSC level who dropped out before or who cannot afford to go to colleges because of poverty or other reasons and who have a desire to seek vocational skills for income generation will preferably be selected.

President of Engineers ’66 Foundation, Mr. Afzal Husain Choudhury and Professor Jasimuz Zaman, Country Director of VAB, signed the MoU and Agreement on behalf of their respective organizations. Mr. M. A. Mannan, Treasurer of ’66 Foundation Trust, handed over the check to the Country Director of VAB for implementation of the project.

Engr. Afzal Choudhury and other members of the Foundation mentioned that Engineers ’66 Foundation decided to form a Trust to engage into useful social enterprise in addition to the usual fellowship program among the alumni. They expressed their satisfaction that they could identify a useful educational cum income generation capacity building program with VAB for the rural children in computer skills development.

VAB Chairman, National Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury was present as the Chief Guest. The event was also attended by Dr. Haroonur Rashid, Chairman, VAB Trust, Engr. Eklimur Reza, Secretary ’66 Foundation, Engr. Mukhlesur Rahman, Vice President, ’66 Foundation, Engr. Ataur Rahman Chaudhury, Membership and Fellowship Secretary, ’66 Foundation and Messrs. Kh. Asraful Islam, Alim Khan and Abul Kalam Azafd from VAB.

Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Dr. Haroonur Rashid and Professor Jasimuz Zaman  all expressed great appreciation to Engineers ’66 Foundation for their noble and useful venture. They congratulated the Foundation for embarking on service for the disadvantaged rural children and called for continued cooperation. They expressed the hope that all other alumni groups at BUET will be inspired to enter into similar pursuit.

At the same event, Mr. A. K.  Asadullah, a resident of Australia and a 1963 BUET alumnus, made a contribution of 50,000.00 taka for promotion of co-curricular activities of the rural students.


Daughter receives Best Student Award from School - Mother is a brick field worker 
The mother, Hafeeza Khatoon, is the only income-earner in the family. She works as a day laborer in a brick field, carrying bricks from the store room to the construction site. The mother, the daughter and the grandmother live in a hut which goes under inches of water every monsoon season. The daughter, Tajmira, topped the list all through primary school. She got a talent scholarship from the Government that pays tuition only. The Government also gives textbooks free. Still, when entering high school, Tajmira didn’t know what to do – they can’t even afford two meals a day, where would they find money for other things she’ll need when she goes to high school – general school fees, stationery, school dress, shoes, etc? It so happened, VAB was working with the school in her village. Through the Headmaster, she met the VAB official who was visiting the school to check how things were going. The VAB official got all the info from her, came back to Dhaka, started contacting some VAB Patrons. An expatriate Bangladeshi in Australia, Mrs. Zobeda Rahman, came through with a scholarship for Tajmira that covers all her high school costs. … In the picture, Tajmira, now a 7th Grader, is taking the best student’s award from the school’s Headmaster. Her mother was working in the brickfield at that time.
Forging ahead with English Language Skills Program among Rural Students

VAB has planned for a number of training programs for students and Teachers of High Schools in rural Bangladesh. Mr. Amin Rahman, a freelance linguist from Rotary Club, Wheeler Hills, Victoria, Australia will conduct the training.

Two day English training for students in Satkhira on January 16-17, 2019

Poetry Recitation Competition in Satkhira on January 18, 2019

Four day Training of Trainers (TOT) in Dhaka on January 22-25, 2019

Three day Training of English Teachers (TET) in Dhaka on January 27-29, 2019

Two day English training for students in Pabna on January 31 & Feb 01, 2019

Two day English training for students in Nilphamary on  February 09-10, 2019


A Seventh Grader at Houston parts with her cash gift for children in schools

A seventh grader at Houston, Texas got a cash gift of $50.00 for her birthday to buy something for her. Instead, she donated the sum to VAB for helping the education of the rural children of Bangladesh.