- Standard Chartered Bank (Dhaka, Bangladesh), D.Net and Computer Jagat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is made on this the 25th day of November 2009. The main objectives of the MOU is D.Net and Computer Jagat jointly made proposal to the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) for safe disposal of e-waste and to establish some computer learning centers at different schools and colleges in different parts of the country jointly using refurbished computers. The basis of the collaboration is availability of a large number of discarded computers and peripherals at warehouse of SCB. SCB wishes to dispose of in an environmentally safe way, at the same time create value out of it. Thus SCB showed interest to donate of old computers & peripherals and financial support for establishment of new ICT-based Computer Learning Centers with refurbished computers as a gesture of corporate philanthropy or community involvement under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) in different educational institutions in Bangladesh. SCB donated 1500 PCs and other accessories for implementing the program.
- Bank Asia Ltd (A Private Commercial Bank in Bangladesh) continues to show active interest in the program. With the success of three CLCs sponsored by this Bank in 2006 and 2007, the Bank Asia sponsored additional ten new CLCs in 2008 and plans to sponsor ten more CLCs in 2009
- Siemens Bangladesh gave two PCs and three monitors
- Introduced internet connections to twenty forty eight centers in collaboration with Relief International, VAB patrons and Imdad Sitara Khan Foundation. The students of these schools are communicating and working on joint projects with students from India, Tajikistan and USA
- Hossain Trust in Bangladesh sponsored one CLC
- Some Individuals in Bangladesh also sponsored CLCs
- I-K Foundation sponsored one CLC in association with UCEP Bangladesh at UCEP-A.K. Khan Technical School in Chittagong in collaboration with Chittagong Skills Development Center (CSDC)
- Chittagong Girls Orphanage sponsored one CLC in collaboration with Chittagong Skills Development Center (CSDC) at Ambagan in Chittagong
Computer Literacy Centers Enabled B.Ed. Trainees Acquire Required Computer Skills
Government has recently introduced a Basic Computer Skill course in the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Curriculum effective 2006-2007 session. This course is compulsory and counts as 50 out of a total 1000 points.
The Course Objective:
• Develop key skills for teachers in the 21st century
• Exchange ideas and activities to increase student participation in lessons
• Participate fully in Distance Education professional development and advance study
• Provide immediately useful skills, learning in this course is intended to stimulate interest and build confidence
• Become committed to seeking out other opportunities and advance their computer skills
Learning outcomes of the curriculum:
• Use a computer in a network environment and demonstrate an appreciation of its potential to improve their teaching
• Learn operational controls of a computer, create and save documents on hard drive or network in a managed way to enable easy retrieval, print documents and initialize and transfer files on to floppy disk
• Produce word processed documents
• Create simple spreadsheet and use formula to perform calculations
• Send and receive email with attachments
• Locate resources on the www using search engine, evaluate and download for use
As there is no equipped computer lab in each Teachers Training Institutions in Bangladesh, the trainees depend on private computer training centers. The CLP program has created the foundation for exciting possibilities for rural underprivileged youth, for example, 2 CLCs (Hazi Kasem Ali Mohila Degree College at Muktagacha and Hazi Kasem Ali Degree College at Mymensingh) have recently conducted a course for B.Ed. students of Hazi Kasem Ali B.Ed College at Muktagacha main campus and Mymensingh city campus through CLP lab. A total 65 B.Ed. students have successfully completed the course and received satisfactory grades.