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Summit and Beximco award BDT 45 million per annum matching grant to JAAGO Foundation

Photo Caption: Summit and Beximco award BDT 45 million per annum matching grant to JAAGO Foundation - a first time for two local conglomerates jointly contributing such a large amount to a local Non-profit Organisation.

Summit Corporation and Beximco Holdings, two of the country’s largest conglomerates, awarded a matching grant of BDT 45 million per annum for three years to JAAGO Foundation, enabling them to educate 4,000 students across Bangladesh.  JAAGO, utilizes their UNESCO award winning teaching model using ICT to ensure education over telephone calls, short messaging service and video conferencing system. This is even more important while the education institutions are closed due to the pandemic. Once the education institutions open, the grant will be used to run the digital schools.  This is the first time two local conglomerates are jointly contributing such a large amount to a local Non-profit Organisation.   

Muhammed Aziz Khan, Founder Chairman of Summit Group of Companies said, "The excellent work of JAAGO in using web-based learning for the poorer students all over Bangladesh is perhaps a model of educating in the future. Korvi has thought about what others will and should follow. Summit is committed to eradicate poverty and thus is privileged to support JAAGO’s  internet based schools. JAAGO has been  awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education, they deserve the Nobel prize."

Every child has the right to education — the right to go to school and learn. For too many, however, that right has been left in tatters by the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Shayan F Rahman, Advisor to the Board of Beximco Group. “Thankfully, we can cash in on the robust countrywide digital infrastructure and information technology prowess to enable distance learning opportunities for many. Beximco, along with Summit, is proud to partner with JAAGO to empower 4,000 children from less fortunate segments of our population with remote education.”

Everyone has been affected, especially the education sector. Schools and colleges have been shut down during this global pandemic. At such a moment, Summit and Beximco have come forward to support the education sector. This is an example of the Bangladesh corporate sector stepping forward for the people of Bangladesh. I hope that this initiative will encourage other corporate houses to step forward and make a difference in the community, ” said Korvi Rakshand, Founder, JAAGO Foundation.

At the virtual signing ceremony Directors of Summit Group Fadiah Khan, Azeeza Aziz Khan and Salman Khan were present on behalf of Summit. From Beximco Ajmal Kabir, Group Director and Samira Zuberi Himika, Executive Director. Two students of the first batch of JAAGO, Fatema and Lenin shared their stories. The virtual signing ceremony was hosted by Nobonita Chowdhury. 

With these partnerships, JAAGO hopes to make a sustainable change in the lives of marginalised children and accelerate the development process of Bangladesh. The duration of this partnership is three years.  

Media Coverage

English Newspapers
The Daily Star, August 12, 2021 
The Financial Express, August 10, 2021 
The Business Standard, August 09, 2021 
The New Age, August 10, 2021 
Dhaka Tribune, August 10, 2021 
The Daily Sun, August 09, 2021 
The Observer, August 11, 2021
The Business Insider Bangladesh, August 09, 2021 
Bangladesh Post, August 11, 2021 
The Business Post, August 11, 2021

Bangla Newspaper
Prothom Alo, August 09, 2021 
Bonik Barta, August 11, 2021 
Ittefaq, August 11, 2021 
The Daily Inqilab, August 09, 2021 
Samakal, August 10, 2021 
Janakantha, August 11, 2021 
Manab Zamin, August 10, 2021

News agencies
AP, August 18, 2021
UNB, August 09, 2021

Online Portal
Wired PR News, August 18, 2021 
Top Wire News, August 18, 2021 
Priyo, August 10, 2021 
Energy Bangla, August 10, 2021 
Bangla Protidin, August 11, 2021 

TV Coverage
Independent Television, August 09, 2021
ATN News, August 09, 2021
DBC, August 10, 2021
Ekattor, August 10, 2021
News24, August 10, 2021
GTV, August 09, 2021

Organizational Websites
Jaago, August 09, 2021