School

Where are we now
The major achievement of our school is to ensure enrollment of all the community children in the school program. From the very beginning, SNBN worked to motivate the guardians to send their child to school. Consequently, a remarkable success is observed as all community children (both boys and girls) started to come to the school on regular basis. The school has classes from Play group (Shishu) to class 5. Total numbers of students are 65 (60% female). At present 5 teachers are appointed who carry out the daily classes in 2 shifts. In last two years we observed parents from nearby villages are sending their kids to SNBN which is a big inspiration for us and challenge at the same time. From social perspective it is a huge success story as our school has played the pivotal role in connecting the swapnanagar community with other locals removing the class difference. Swapnanagar kids are no longer seen as untouchables.
Infrastructure Development
4 separate classrooms have been built for the students of different classes. Bamboo and other locally available materials are used for making the class rooms with direct involvement of the students and the community, specially the women.
Teachers' Training Program
Training program is being carried out for the teachers. It is a focus activity of the school that runs once/twice a week. The purposes of the training program are to –
1) Professionally improve the (teaching) quality of the teachers
2) Enhance the cognition of the teachers on what they teach in the class
3) Introduce effective teaching methods that fit best in that given reality
Training programs are run by Nasima Sirajee, Principle of Floret Day care and Preschool, Chittagong.
Hygiene Assurance
In 2013, we set up a tube-well near to the school premise to ensure safe drinking water for the students along with the community. We were granted fund by the local government authority for this tube well after years of persuasion. Villagers used to consume dirty water from pond for their regular use. And they used to drink water from a nearby well which was very unhygienic. We have got immediate output from this basic facility resulting in higher attendance of students during summer and decrease in skin related or viral diseases.
Medical Support
We arrange health camps at Swapnanagar with the help of some willing doctors, but it is infrequent up to now. We have a plan to conduct one eye camp at the school for the children and look forward for long term partnership with some third party organization to conduct regular health camps at the school campus. Also we communicated local government’s medical facilities to visit the village on regular basis to include the kids under vaccination program.
Observance of National Days
We observe all national (Mother Language day, Independence day, Victory day etc.) & few International Days (children day, woman day) that is necessary for the school.
School Day
We arrange a school day once a year between December and February. Sports, cultural activities, art exhibition, science fair and yearly evolution of the overall school performances are the contents of the School day event. All friends of SNBN are invited on that day to the school premises to participate on day long program with our students.
Full Fledged Transport Facility for Teachers and Students
SNBN had a troubled time managing teacher’s transportation to the school. The road condition from nearby villages (where our teachers reside) is very poor and atleast 5 KM of it is kutcha. Teachers were unable to hire taxi to the school even at higher prices, resulting in delay to start morning classes. This was putting the total class routine in danger. Hence we bought one diesel driven tempo during 2013 with the support of Ankur Foundation.
This Tempo is now being used to carry teachers to and from school. It is also used to carry our students from nearby villages to the school.
Most importantly our senior students who passed PSC and got admitted in government high school use this transport facility as well. Earlier they had to walk this 5 miles distance and dropout rate was higher especially for female students due to security reasons. However this is a challenge for us to manage its monthly costs.
Solar Electricity and multimedia class room facility
There is no government grid power facility at swapnanagar village. They use kerosene lamps at night for household works.
In 2014 Light of Hope (LoH) supported our school with solar panels and battery to introduce solar based multimedia class room at the school. This was a great leap forward and currently we show entertainment or educational videos to our students once a week. In future we plan to introduce regular academic contents appropriate for primary level. But it requires suitable e-contents and extensive training of our teachers which is a challenge. This however opened up option to arrange evening reading room facilities for our kids. This way they can save a portion of their kerosene cost usually used during home study.