Better Schools for Brighter Futures

Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) improves the lives of children in rural Bangladesh through education. VAB awards scholarships, provides tutoring, equips classrooms, and trains teachers. Programs begin in preschool and continue through college. These programs lead to improved test scores, lower dropout rates, and ultimately a better standard of living for the students. Founded in 1998, VAB’s first scholarship recipients are now in universities, professional colleges or starting their careers. VAB supports a secular education. Click here to see all of VAB’s programs.

Extraordinary Performances by VAB Schools and VAB Students in 2013 SSC Exam

VAB – assisted 57 rural high schools this year have scored a 90.04% pass rate in the SSC Examination. This is not only an outstanding rate, but also higher than the national average 89.03%, as in the previous years. Moreover, seven of the schools had a 100% pass rate – nearly twice the number of last year! These are indeed remarkable accomplishments considering that the national average is dominated by better-equipped urban schools, with better trained teachers, and more affluent students.

Out of 268 VAB scholarship recipients, 255 representing 95% passed the Exam with 85% receiving “A-” grade or higher. Of those passed, 96 (38%) are from Science Group, 83 (33%) from Commerce, 72 (28%) from Humanities, and 4 (2%) from Vocational Groups.

VAB scholarship recipients and its sponsored schools have been increasingly performing better than the national average for the past few years, especially after the full range of VAB programs came into effect. Not only that the scholarship recipients have been succeeding over the years in the 92-98 percent range, their performance level has also increased with more students getting a grade of “A-” or higher. Congratulations to VAB’s students for their hard work and success, and congratulations to VAB schools for their improved quality of education and achievements.

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SAVAR ACCIDENT ONLINE FUNDRAISING THROUGH VAB

A 9-storey building in Savar collapsed in the morning of 24 April 2013, Wednesday, causing the death of more than 350 Ready-Made-Garments (RMG) factory workers and leaving more than 2,000 wounded. The rescue mission to save people who are still trapped under the building is ongoing, and continued support will be needed to help rehabilitate the individuals, families and communities devastated by this tragic accident.

How You Can Help

Visit the Facebook page created by local Bangladeshis and supported by VAB:

http://www.facebook.com/HelpSavarBuildingCollapseVictims

• Click the Donate tab to make a donation via PayPal.
• “Like” the page and continue receiving updates
• “Share” the page with anyone interested to support the cause

Fundraising Organized by Concerned Persons and VAB
Several members from the Bangladesh technology business community created and currently manage the Facebook page:

FayazTaher, CEO, Fortuna Group
Nasheet Islam, CEO, G&R Technologies Ltd.
Salman Hossain, Head of Sales & Marketing, G&R Technologies Ltd.
Riyad Husain, CEO, Magnito Digital
AtifSattar, Director, Portonics Ltd

Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB), a long-standing Charity founded by non-resident Bangladeshis and non-Bangladeshi Americans and registered with the U.S. authorities, is cooperating with these individuals to collect international donations through PayPal, and facilitating transfer of these funds to Bangladeshi organizations including VAB involved in relief efforts. The allocation and use of these funds will be shared through the Facebook page and upcoming website.

Appeal to VAB Patrons / Donors

Please donate generously, either mailing your generous check to VAB, P.O. Box-234, Irvington, New York 10533 or via Pay Pal. Periodic reports on funds received and used in Bangladesh will be posted on this page.

We sincerely thank you for your generous support and for passing on the information to your contacts to respond to the urgent needs in Bangladesh.

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VAB received a generous grant from Dutch-Bangla Bank (DBBL) Foundation

Volunteers Association for Bangladesh (VAB) received a donation of Tk. 10.00 lac from Dutch-Bangla Bank (DBBL) Foundation for setting up a Teachers’ Training Center with full facilities for year round training to the school teachers.
Mr. K. S. Tabrez, Managing Director of DBBL handed over the cheque of donation to Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Chairman of Advisory Board, VAB at a simple ceremony held on March 20, 2013. Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury extended his gratitude and thanks to Dutch-Bangla Bank for this generous contribution.

The function was also attended by Prof. Dr. Jasimuz Zaman, Country Director and Prof. S. Dara Shamsuddin, Member, Advisory Board of Bangladesh, VAB and Mr. Juned Choudhury, a VAB patron.

Exemplary Results in 2012 JSC Exam

In the recent Junior School Certificate (JSC) Exam of 2012, VAB scholarship holders in its sponsored schools have performed 10 % above the national average. The pass rate of VAB students was 96 % as against the national average of 86 %. Of the 260 VAB school examinees in class VIII, a total of 250 students passed, with 18 students receiving A+, 106 students receiving A, and 54 students receiving A- grade.

As regards school performance, VAB schools outperformed all other schools with an average of 90% success rate, 4% above the national average. Such a feat has been accomplished despite the fact that VAB has added 15 of the 25 new schools in 2012 from the depressed areas of Nilphamari, Kurigram, and Satkhira. Not only three VAB schools achieved 100% success, but also as many as 28, about half of the total VAB schools, had achieved a pass rate of between 90% to 99%. The results clearly show the impact VAB is having on most of the participating schools.

Congratulations to all successful JSC graduates, school headmasters, teachers and SMC members.

Extraordinary Performances by VAB Schools in 2012 SSC Exam

VAB-assisted 33 rural high schools this year have scored 3 percentage points higher than the national average in the SSC Examination – 89% as compared to 86%. Moreover, four of the schools had a 100% pass rate – twice the number of last year! These are indeed remarkable accomplishments considering that the national average is dominated by better-equipped urban schools, with better trained teachers, and more affluent students.

- 98% of VAB scholarship recipients passed the exam, and
- 91% passed with an “A-” grade or higher

VAB scholarship recipients and its sponsored schools have been increasingly performing better than the national average for the past few years, especially after the full range of VAB programs came into effect. Not only that the scholarship recipients have been succeeding in the 92-98 percent range, their performance level has also increased with more students getting a grade of “A-” or higher. Congratulations to VAB’s students for their hard work and success. See previous years here.

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90% of Donated Funds Spent On Programs and Services

Most VAB staff are volunteers. Fund raising costs are kept low through mailed in and online donations. Please consider making a donation today.

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VAB’s Skill Training Program

Besides focusing on general education, VAB also pursues skill training in computer and information technology. This training is managed by VAB-NJ. Through its Computer Literacy Program (CLP), it has established 216 centers and trained 40,000 underprivileged students (49% female) in mostly rural areas of 52 districts of Bangladesh. Recently, under a Private-Public Partnership Initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, it has launched a program to establish 100 new Computer Centers and Smart Class Rooms in secondary schools (computer aided education). VAB-NJ provides an opportunity to introduce its program in a high school of one’s choice. For further details, please visit: http://www.vabonline.org/vabnj

© 2012 Volunteers Association for Bangladesh