Computer Literacy Center

 

Since 2004, CLP for the Underprivileged, USA (CLP), formerly VAB-NJ, has been working for introducing basic computer skills for the rural secondary students in Bangladesh. To date 257 Computer Literacy Centers (CLCs) has been established and about 100,000 students have been trained. In addition to pure computer skills, CLP also focused on making curricular learning process enjoyable by replacing traditional learning practice with learning through computer aided audio-visual equipment. In this pursuit, 156 Smart Class Rooms (SCRs) have been established by CLP. In SCR, a particular classroom is equipped with LCD television, a laptop powered by a solar panels. Each smart classroom is provided with a CDs containing  multimedia content on a number of core subjects. (www.vabonline.org/vabnj).

NABIC provided funding to VAB-NJ for setting up 15 Computer Literacy Centers (CLCs) in the year of 2009 and 2010 in different educational institutions in Bangladesh at a cost of $48,000. Later, in 2013, NABIC sponsored Smart Classrooms (SCRs) in 11 of the CLC centers. These centers are spread over 15 districts of Bangladesh. Additional details about this program are available at the CLP website1.
Each year NABIC is providing $11,000 to maintain these centers. Following map shows the CLCs locations. These centers are spread over 15 districts of Bangladesh.
Activities Highlights of the Year( May’ 15 to Apr’ 16)
    • Retrained  44 SCR teachers
    •  More than 700 computer literate students graduated graduates produced and another 1700 students received hands-on training in one CLC where the school has opted for mass training as opposed to the regular after school CLP course.
    • More than 8000 students benefitted from the Smart Class Room use
    • Replaced  03 CPUs, 02 laptops
    • Repaired 16 CPUs
    • Paid honorarium to CLC teachers, May 2015 to April 2016.
    • Developed an innovative program (dubbed Education through Entertainment) to increase communication skills and general knowledge in an enjoyable learning environment. The EE program is running in one of the NABIC sponsored schools as pilot study.

  SCR Activities:

With NABIC funds, a total of 11 Smart Class Rooms (SCRs) were established in 15 NABIC sponsored CLCs over a period of 2012 to 2013. During this period, the program has trained 44 teachers from 11 Schools on computer aided teaching methods for Geography, Science, Mathematics and English.

The training had two areas: one was pedagogy and other was Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.  The teachers were strongly encouraged to maximize multimedia teaching in the classroom.  Recognizing that there is a shortage of teacher-friendly multimedia teaching contents of the textbook materials, CLP has launched a program to redress this issue.  The CLP program has prepared a complete lesson plan and corresponding multi-media contents for several courses, listed in the table below:

Contents developed (newly)

Total contents

 Class

Subject

Contents

Subject Name

Class

No of content

Total

Lesson Plan

PPT

Old

New

 

Class 6

English

25

8

English

Class 6

35

33

68

Class 7

41

12

Class 7

37

53

90

Class 8

17

5

Class 8

33

22

55

Class 6

Science

53

24

Grammar

 

33

0

33

Class 7

80

27

Science

Class 6

41

77

118

Class 8

54

52

Class 7

59

107

166

Class 9-10

Geography

21

21

Class 8

47

106

153

Class 9-10

Mathematics

48

41

Geography

Class 9-10

42

96

138

   

339

190

       

Mathematic

Class 9

178

89

267

       

Class 10

       

Total content

505

583

1088

CDs of the newly developed contents will be delivered to SCRs shortly.

Through interactive discussions with the teachers, we observed that the effects of SCR are very exciting and remarkable.

The main areas of effectiveness are:

  1. Improved teaching/learning environment
  2. Improved quality of education
  3. Increased students attendance
  4. Decreased dropout rate

This year approximately 8,000 students benefited from opportunities to participate in NABIC multimedia classroom in 11 SCRs.