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Headmasters Meeting

Date: Feb 11, 2011 and Feb 12, 2011 Time: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Venue: Office of Volunteers Association for Bangladesh, 105/2 Kakrail, Dhaka

Members Present:

Date : February 11, 2011


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Name of Headmaster

Name of School

Contact Number


1

Md. Jiaul Alam

Nowagram Junior Secondary School

01718-091643

2

Swapan Chandra Saha

Pirkhain M. A. C. High School

01822-890752

3

Md. Mahmud Alam Khan

Talgachia D. Kati High School

01713-932058

4

Md. Fazlur Rahman

Durgapur N. K. Girls’ High School

01711-418866

5

Md. Kafil Uddin Khan

Kapasia High School

01713-549407

6

Giasuddin

Chikni Kandi High School

01718-862032

7

Md. Mujammel Haque

Husaindi High School

01715-247596

8

Md. Harunor Rashid

Fazilpur W. B. Quadri High School

01710-913205

9

Kazi Zahurul Islam

Arjuna Mohsin High School

01710-190878

10

Md. Nazrul Islam (Former)

Arjuna Mohsin High School

01716-967717

11

M. A. Sultan

Chepan High School

01714-548958

12

Md. Nazrul Islam (Member, SMC)

Chepan High School

01710-888115


Date : February 12, 2011


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Name of Headmaster

Name of School

Contact Number


1

Md. Bashir Ullah

Baluakandi Dr. Abdul Gaffar High School

01718-294022

2

Md. Sirajul Islam

Jamunna Palli Bandhu High School

01712-078976

3

Md. Shafiqul Islam

Marzal K.M.B High School

01711-586230

4

Md. Badiuzzaman

Mominpur High School

01714-861226

5

Md. Emdadul Haque

VIP Shahadat Hossain High School

01718-128742

6

Sunil Chandra Das

Harishangan High School

01719-298718

7

Md. Gaziur Rahman

Barakeshtola High School

01720-553628

8

Parikhit Chandra

Rojakpur High School

01715-464621

9

Md. Salah Uddin

Dhukundi High School

01937-650081

10

Md. Aminul Haque Chowdhury

Paratoly Karim Uddin High School

01813-048685

11

Md. Abdul Kalam

Usthi Union Adarsha High School

01930-159373

12

Md. Shahidul Haque

Sukanpukur Girls’ High School

01712-271155

13

Md. Khorshed Alam (Chairman, SMC)

Jamunna Palli Bandhu High School

017118-628573

14

Md. Ziaur Rahman, (Member, SMC)

Paratoly Karim Uddin High School

01712-548104

15

Mrs. Anjumanara (Asst. Headmaster)

Sukanpukur Girls’ High School

01719-000623


Minutes:

PRESENTATIONS BY HEADMASTERS:

Presentation of Impact of APW funding

  1. Presentations were made by the Headmasters of Arjuna, Morjal, Mominpur and Barakeshtola High Schools.

  2. The Headmasters were requested to write up their presentations with more facts and figures for publication in the APW magazine, PADMA.

Presentations of Vocational Programs

  1. Presentations of Vocational Program in the schools were made by Headmasters of Fazilpur, Arjuna and Husaindi High Schools.

  2. Engr. Hafizul Hasan, an expert on vocational and technical education narrated the different models for technical and vocational education in the country.

  3. The Headmasters were requested to write up their presentations with more details for publication in the APW magazine PADMA.

  4. It was decided that the expertise of Engr. Hafizul Hasan would be very useful to strengthen the vocational programs in APW schools. Engr. Hasan will arrange for a visit to technical training facilities for the interested headmasters followed by a visit by Engr. Hasan to a number of schools. The schools will provide local hospitality. Engr. Hasan will provide a set of recommendations to APW and will help APW in implementing them for the schools.

COMPUTER FACILITIES

  1. APW provided computers to 17 schools so far. The schools were encouraged to procure more computers on their own or from other sources.

  2. All schools were requested to obtain internet connection. All Headmasters present agreed to buy one modem and pay the monthly fee for the modem. It costs Tk.3,000.00 to buy the modem and the connection obtained for a fee of Tk.350.00 will serve the immediate needs of the school and the students. It is expected that the Headmasters with the consent of the Management Committees will obtain this facility in the next few months. All communication with schools will then be internet based.

  3. APW will send trainers to schools to train all teachers of the schools in computer use. APW will provide the training; the schools will provide local facilities for the trainer.

  4. All APW schools should have a proper Computer Laboratory.

  5. APW will promote the inclusion of VAB-NJ programs of D-NET for Computer Learning Program (CLP) and Smart Class Room (SCR) program. DNET representatives will visit the schools to make a survey of the needs. All APW schools will cooperate when a survey team visits the schools.

SCIENCE LABORATORY

  1. All APW schools should have a proper Science Laboratory. The minimum standard is ability to conduct the required experiments in the curriculum.

  2. APW is keen to provide a decent environment in the science laboratory. However, it was pointed out that an SSC level Science Laboratory is adequate with two good working tables and proper storage for the appliances and instruments in a single room. All appliances and instruments must remain clean and tidy and ready for use.

LIBRARY

  1. Library should have a stock of books to promote reading habits of students and stimulate a yearning for learning. There should be a varied collection of titles to address the different interests of young minds. APW will recommend some titles for procurement by schools.

  2. APW would like to have comparative statistics of the extent of library use by students.

CLASS ROOM

  1. APW funding for class room benches, desks, chairs and tables and infrastructure improvement has been very helpful for the schools.

  2. APW believes that an improved physical infrastructure is a part of the academic environment. However, it does not have resources to spend heavily in this area, this being very expensive.

COACHING

  1. All Headmasters came out strongly in favour of funding for coaching. Without exception, they took it as an incentive for the schools to proactively undertake programs of coaching for the benefit of students. It was noted that most schools have a coaching program on their own.

  2. The schools are likely to extend the coaching program to Grade VIII students because of the new system of public examination at that level.

  3. The schools were asked to consider providing coaching for poorly qualified students when they get admission in Class VI. It was suggested that this coaching could be provided by Class X students. The Headmasters did not think that this would be a viable proposition.

  4. It was clearly pointed out that the funding for coaching is not a remuneration of the teachers, but simply a recognition and appreciation for their efforts to help the students in their academic preparation. This is only an incentive.

STIPEND FOR POOR STUDENTS

APW offers a small amount of stipend for poor students to satisfy their immediate academic needs. The school disburses these funds to deserving poor students following the APW guideline of expenditures.

BEST STUDENT AWARD

APW provides a small amount of funding for awarding the two top boys and two top girls in public examinations. With the new system of public examination at Class VIII level, the award may be given at that level instead of the SSC level. This change may not be applicable this year.

All Headmasters had a positive view of this program in enhancing competition among students. The school generally gives this award in a formal celebration that gives exposure of APW to the local community and local government. This also creates enthusiasm and motivation for local initiatives in school improvement.

TEACHER TRAINING

The schools generally employ trained teachers. There is also provision of additional government training program on a continuous basis. Further, there are larger NGOs like BRAC who have training programs.

The shortcoming in training is its implementation. APW effort in emphasizing the quality of education could be a driving force for the teachers to implement their training in practice. Several Headmasters suggested that there has already been improvement in the class room teaching methods.

APW may help the schools get access to training facilities offered by reputed NGOs. It will offer computer training for teachers.

CO CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  1. APW expects the schools to participate in co curricular activities like games and sports, literary and debating competitions, essay competitions, etc. APW may consider awarding the best performances in such activities. The schools should propose to APW for such participation.

  2. APW encourages schools to take part in societal programs in environment, health care and sanitation, adult literacy, etc. APW may accept programs to recognize such activities by the schools.

  3. The schools should participate in national competitions such as Mathematics Olympiad and Science Olympiad. It should also participate in regional and national science fairs for schools.

  4. The schools do carry out some co curricular activities, but they need to be enhanced.



SCHOOL TO PROMOTE UNIVERSAL VALUES

  1. The moral decadence in the society has reached an alarmingly bottom level. Only the school teachers can instil the code of moral behaviour among the young people. While the building of character starts from birth, the primary school teachers can play an effective role. Secondary schools provide the last stage opportunity to mould the character of the students.

  2. The teachers must shoulder this additional duty of character building so that these young people can take the society out of its present decadent state.

  3. The headmasters agreed with the observations. There is a need to develop an action program in this area.

COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP

  1. APW expects the schools to have good community relationships. The school should pursue this relationship through parents-teachers meeting, old students meeting including reunions, etc.

  2. The school management committee should take a lead in connecting the school with local businesses and obtain their support for the school.

  3. Some of the Headmasters indicated their participation in such activities. This should be strengthened.

EXPLORING MULTIPLE AVENUES FOR ASSISTANCE

  1. APW encourages schools to explore multiple sources for assistance.

  2. APW encourages the schools to develop project proposals and solicit funding from the community, businesses, former students, and both government and nongovernment sources.

  3. APW encourages the schools to improve the facilities for clean water, health and sanitation from multiple organizations working in these areas.

PARTNERSHIP FOR PROGRESS

  1. APW acts in partnership with the school and the school sponsor. The school sponsor provides the link of the school with APW and shares the funding provided to the school by making a contribution to the APW fund. The school implements the projects and provides additional funds needed for the completion of the projects.

  2. The school should maintain a strong relationship with the sponsor so that the funding is continued. If the sponsor drops the sponsorship, the school is likely to be dropped from funding consideration.

  3. The school should try to persuade the sponsor to raise the sponsor contribution so that the APW funding is raised. All Canadians are tax exempt for donations made to APW. The school may have multiple sponsors in Canada and obtain increased funds with increased contribution from sponsors.

APW FUNDING AND EXPENDITURE POLICIES

  1. APW encourages the schools to apply for the most pressing needs to improve the quality of education. APW does not have funds for civil construction, but can lend some support to improve the existing facilities. It is focused more on providing educational tools.

  2. The school keeps a separate bank account for APW funding. The school forms a project committee to implement APW projects, the committee being formed by the School Management Committee. The school maintains a separate book for APW expenditures.

  3. All expenditures must be transparent.

  4. The application and reporting procedures were explained with samples handed over to the schools.

MEASUREMENT OF IMPACT

  1. The academic results of the public examinations in Class VIII and Class X are good indicators of the quality of education. Coupled with that, the school must report the overall success rate based on the students entering Class VI.

  2. APW would like to have outcome measurement of different projects; this has been explained while discussing the reporting to APW (e.g., how many additional experiments the students could perform in science lab, how many additional students used the library because of the increased facilities, etc.).

CHARACTERISTICS OF APW SCHOOL

  1. APW schools in addition to having a good academic standing should have some distinguishing features as explained above. They can be summarized as:

  • It will have good science laboratory, a good vocational program, a good computer facility and a good well utilized library

  • All its teachers are computer literate and it offers computer training to all students and even community members

  • The school has internet connections and promotes internet research by students

  • The school participates in co curricular and societal activities

  • The school proactively undertakes programs to enhance team work, responsibility and othe human values among students

  • The school has good and active community relations and obtain local funding for continuous improvement

  • The School Management Committee members are wholly supportive to the Headmaster irrespective of their individual political inclinations and is focused on improving the school

CONCLUSIONS

The chair expressed the hope that the discussions have been helpful and encouraged the schools to learn from each other.

It was suggested that the school will develop the project based approach for requesting for funds from any source. The project based approach has a clear definition of the proposed work and so the request may have a better chance for success.

APW insists on transparency and accountability. This should help the schools to attract other sources of funding.

APW believes in continuous improvement. With APW promotion of partnership, community involvement and encouragement to seek multiple sources for assistance, it is hoped that APW schools will maintain and continue to enhance the quality of education in the schools even when APW formally withdraws further assistance.

 

Quotes

 

We are an envy to other schools because of our science lab. Thanks to APW for its invaluable contribution.

  -- Headmaster, Mominpur High School
 

The teachers are inspired by the contribution of APW in coaching.

  -- Headmaster, Morjal High School
 

With help from APW, our students can dream of becoming professionals.

  -- Managing Committee Chairman, Barakeshtola High School
 

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development

  -- Kofi Annan
 

Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world

  -- Nelson Mandela