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There are several programs of other organizations, many at the regional and national levels, which VAB advocates for rural schools. Some of these programs supplement the VAB Program, and some add additional opportunity for students. Such referral or collaboration serves the dual purposes of widening the opportunity set for students for quality education and of economization of the scarce resources of VAB. These are briefly described below. In most cases, VAB has a formal or informal understanding with the organization in question.

Math Olympiad Committee of Bangladesh: Math Promotion Program

The Math Olympiad Committee in Bangladesh holds Math Olympiad competitions countrywide annually, under the auspices of the International Math Olympiad Committee. The competitions are held at the Primary, Junior High, High School and Senior High School levels. VAB encourages schools to participate in the Junior High and the High School competitions. For the schools that show interest, VAB encourages and mentors students of the VAB schools to take part in these competitions. VAB organizes a brief training for a group of twenty students by volunteers from the Math Olympiad Committee. The students are provided with materials to practice by themselves, with supervision and support from the Math teacher of the school. VAB partners with the schools to send out promising students to compete at the district, regional and national levels.

The Math Olympiad Program of VAB does not cover all students in a school. The expectation is that the exposure of the team sent by a school and hopefully the team’s accomplishments would spur interest in Math among all students, providing an impetus to understand Math starting from the fundamentals. An additional expectation is to spark the interest of students with relative proficiency in Math to join the Olympiad next year.

Bangladesh Science Popularization Committee and Freedom Foundation: Science promotion program

Bangladesh Science Popularization Committee and Freedom Foundation work for promotion of interests in science by holding science fairs nationally. VAB promotes participation in these fairs.

Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDOSN): Computer Programming and Robotics

VAB works with Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDOSN), a nongovernment organization, to offer training in selected schools on Computer Programming and Robotics. So far school teams from five schools have received training and have also participated in the competition organized by BDOSN.

Bishwa Shahitto Kendro (BSK): Book Reading Program

Bishwa Shahitto Kendro (BSK) promotes book reading among students. VAB encourages the schools to join the program. Most of the VAB schools are connected with the program.

Quality education for the underprivileged in rural Bangladesh.


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