Universal Children’s Day – The JAAGO Connection

French philosopher and poet Gaston Bachelard had once said, “Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child’s world and thus a world.” Children are our future. What we teach them today and how we treat them determine the individuals they will become. They are our successors and the future leaders of the world. To honour them, Children’s Day is recognised on a variety of days worldwide. The concept was introduced at the ‘World Conference for the Well-being of Children’ in 1925 and later established universally in 1954. Universal Children’s Day in particular is celebrated on November 20, under United Nations’ recommendation.

JAAGO’s participation in Universal Children’s Day celebration is almost as old as the organisation itself. JAAGO was established in 2007 as a collective effort of a group of youngsters eager to bring change. At the heart of the Rayerbazar slum in Dhaka, JAAGO was born in a room with a tin roof, with 17 children, a blackboard and a tattered carpet. The organisation started celebrating Universal Children’s day in the year 2009, a time when this day was much less heard of. The reasons for observing this day were twofold. Children are bearers of hope for a better future. They are wonderful gifts who are every bit worth celebrating. The latter reason – not as cheerful as the former – being, the generation of awareness for children who are deprived of their very basic human rights.

Over the years, JAAGO Foundation’s Universal Children’s Day (UCD) campaign has become its largest flagship event. The awareness campaigns and celebrations for UCD have grown hand in hand with the organisation itself. Every year thousands of volunteers advocate the cause of ensuring the education and well-being of children all over Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, deprived children eventually get absorbed by the tides of destitution.  None of us are strangers to sitting in cars, CNGs, rickshaws or whatever our modes of transportation might be, witnessing the slow withering away of precious lives around us. A staggering number of underprivileged Bangladeshi children take to the streets to beg or find some form of employment. JAAGO’s UCD is observed by taking these children off the streets of the cities. Volunteers donning yellow, the colour of the organisation, take to the streets to spread the message of basic human rights for them. The children who have never lived a normal childhood are taken to a carnival organised by JAAGO for a day filled with fun and smiles. This year, on November 19, across 8 Divisions and 32 Districts, thousands of volunteers will advocate the GOAL4 which is the 4th Sustainable Development Goal by United Nations General Assembly, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Bangladesh is on a rapid path of progression. However, the current success will be short lived if children are not invested in. We hope, through this initiative we can turn our attention towards facilitating the wellbeing and education of disadvantaged children all over Bangladesh.

Jaago’s initiative on Universal Children’s Day 2015

JAAGO Foundation celebrates Universal Children’s Day to promote international togetherness and awareness about children worldwide.

Education is every child’s right. To address the need for education for every child, on the Universal Children’s Day on November 19, JAAGO Foundation is going to paint the streets with yellow souls over half of Bangladesh. Across 8 divisions and 32 districts, thousands of volunteers will be spreading the belief of JAAGO, “Quality Education 4 All”.

JAAGO Foundation started a revolutionary movement by celebrating “Universal Children’s Day” for the underprivileged kids from 2009, delivering awareness every year. This is their 7th time in a row where volunteers from Volunteer for Bangladesh will be uniting for children’s happiness. Volunteer for Bangladesh is the youth wing of JAAGO Foundation that works for the betterment of their individual communities and the nation as a whole.

Youth from across the nation are already registering for the upcoming Universal Children’s Day 2015. The volunteer registration is going on at JAAGO Foundation, Rayerbazar School where the ambience tells the story like a storytelling book. The massive graffiti on the walls, little children on the playground, and the bird chirps altogether will strike anyone’s mind with a message of awareness. Read More

My Experience On JAAGO & UCD – To Be Or Not To Be!

The standard translated definition of this Bangla word would be ‘emerge from a voluntary state of rest’. If you are an observer of everyday news, you probably know about the foundation named ‘Jaago’. With their main objective being helping out the poor and needy children by trying to give them a better life, are they really what they seem to be? While the world contains nothing named ‘truth’ or ‘lies’ and only one’s ‘perspective’, the only way I can answer the above stated question is by my own eyes and experience. Read More

Jaago Foundation to mark Nov 15

Volunteer for Bangladesh (VBD), a wing of Jaago Foundation, will celebrate the Universal Children’s Day (UCD) 2012 through a nationwide campaign on November 15.

The announcement came at a press conference organised by Jaago Foundation at Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday.

The day will be celebrated in Bangladesh this year on the theme “Quality Education for All”. Read More

JAAGO sponsors: A bright halo over 1,400 heads

Contrary to the negative impression many tend to have about the Jaago Foundation, the organisation heavily operated by the Bangladeshi youth today educates 1,400 underprivileged children.

Jaago has often come under scrutiny for accusations that a “bunch of rich Dhaka kids” run the organisation and collect funds to run it. However, what often is left unseen in the picture is that the volunteers collect these funds on a day globally recognised as “Universal Children’s Day,” when they gift flowers to passer-bys on the streets of Dhaka to have them pause, and listen to Jaago’s story. Read More

 

The Nation Prepares For UCD 2011

In preparation for the biggest congregation of Volunteers so far, UCD 2011 campaign will be conducted in all 7 divisions of Bangladesh.For the first time, volunteers from Sylhet to Chittagong received a taste of Universal Children’s Day fever, which was limited to youngsters of Dhaka in the last few years.From the local traffic police to the parents of the volunteers, almost everyone in the capital is familiar with the increasing magnitude of JAAGO’s UCD celebrations each year. This year the volunteer count is overflowing our initial estimate by thousands; an issue that has posed to be both an inspiration and a problem for us. Read More

 

Letting children be children a day at a time

Jaago Foundation celebrated the Universal Children’s Day (UCD) in Bangladesh this year for the fifth time since they started in November, 2009. Guided by their slogan, “breaking the cycle of poverty through education and rebuilding the nation,” the UCD celebrations are an effort to promote and secure children’s rights and equal access to education through festivities that allow children to be children, despite their place in society.Read More

JAAGO sponsors: A bright halo over 1,400 heads

Contrary to the negative impression many tend to have about the Jaago Foundation, the organisation heavily operated by the Bangladeshi youth today educates 1,400 underprivileged children. Jaago has often come under scrutiny for accusations that a “bunch of rich Dhaka kids” run the organisation and collect funds to run it. However, what often is left unseen in the picture is that the volunteers collect these funds on a day globally recognised as “Universal Children’s Day,”Read More

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‘সার্বজনীন’ শিশু দিবস উপলক্ষে শুক্রবার রাজধানীর বনানী সোসাইটি মাঠে আয়োজন করা হয় পথশিশু মেলার, যেখানে সমবেত হয়ে আনন্দে মেতে ওঠে ছিন্নমূল শিশুরা। মনিকা, সাব্বির, সাকিব, বাবু, সাবিনা, কল্পনা- এদের কেউ কাগজ কুড়ায়, কেউ করে কাঁচাবাজারে মিন্তির কাজ, কেউ গ্যারেজ মিস্ত্রির সহকারী, কেউ টেম্পোচালকের সহকারী। এসব করেও স্কুলে যায় অনেকে। Read More

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