Dr. Anwar Ali Primary School was established in 1981 at Dhakkhin Khan, Dhirasram, Gazipur Sadar, Gazipur. It has been named after the late father of the current Honorable Minister for Liberation War Affairs, Mr. AZM Mozammel Haque. This Government funded co-ed school provides schooling from Kinder-garden to Class 5. The school is located on 1 acre of land and includes two one storied buildings with 4 and 5 rooms each. Presently there are 239 students attending in two shifts. At this moment, the teaching staff comprises of the Headmaster (male) and 3 teachers (2 female). There is also a female para-teacher for the Kinder-garden section. The table below provides an overview of the students:
(9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
(12:15pm – 4:15 pm)
The qualities of the existing teachers have to be developed. Being in close proximity to the capital city, this school can be upgraded and quality education provided thus laying a strong foundation for the school going children as well as the community. Due to various shortfalls consistent with a developing country, the school is not harnessing a positive learning environment and there are many issues which need immediate remedies.
Mark Wear Limited (MWL) started its operations in August 2012 at 136/9 Dhakin Khan, Dhirasram, Gazipur Sadar, Gazipur. The factory property of 3.2 acres has a two storied building with 60,000 sq ft of work space and a pond holding up to 400,000 litres of water which can be used in case of emergency (together with a separate pump house). The prayer & dining halls, rooms for doctors, day care, utilities, time section, and guards are also located in the premises. The factory has its own well manned workshop as well. Since our inception we have always regarded our social obligation as a necessity and as a part of our continuous efforts to develop the local community, we have undertaken a project to restore and upgrade Dr. Anwar Ali Primary School (DAAPS) with the help of Government officials and the local community.
Initially, we contacted the School Management Committee (SMC) and their requests were taken into consideration. Based on their recommended urgency, various initiatives were undertaken which included development of the landscape/playground and fencing the school property, renovate the school building along with all wirings and paint, build separate toilets for girls and boys, ensure supply of safe drinking water, refurbish and provide furniture, etc. These works were all supervised by the local people. Sports equipments were also provided as part of the children’s extracurricular activities.
|Sl.||Description of Expenses||Amount (BDT)|
|1.||Landscaping & Fencing||552,384|
|4.||Wiring & Electrical Goods||120,544|
*Note: Includes salaries of Consultants, Teachers, Cleaners & Security
Being well aware of physical activities and the importance of staying healthy, a Physical Training (PT) teacher has been recruited. To keep the school premises clean and hygienic, three (3) cleaners were also hired and for safe guarding the school a night guard has been hired. Monthly remuneration of these five (5) individuals are borne by us, together with added salaries for the teachers. The Annual Sports day was recently held which was attended by Gazipur Zila Primary Education Commissioner Mr. Mofazzel Hossain and other dignitaries. The local community is happy with all the new initiatives and recent developments in the school, but we feel there is much more to be done.
We hope that the recent development of the school will not only benefit the local communities but also our employees as well. Since 80% of our workers are from this locality, they can avail schooling facilities for their children and can be quickly reached, should any emergency arise. We believe it is our moral obligation to work for the disadvantaged population and we are willing to take this school into a complete new level and excel in providing quality education.
We are expecting a challenging 2015 due to the increased number of students, and their accommodation, as well as upgrading to a “Secondary” school. Number of teachers also needs to be increased for better dissemination of knowledge. Recruitment of teachers has to be done through the official process so, even if we want to, we cannot provide full time teachers. This is a big challenge. At the same time, providing computer literacy would be a new initiation and we hope everyone would benefit from it.
As well as providing new shoes to all students in January 2015, we would also provide exercise books every two months. We are also collecting various general knowledge books for a proposed library. We are getting a lot of positive responses in our joint efforts in upgrading this school.
We truly believe we can put in a concentrated effort in developing the school. Already there are signs of improvement and if we nurtured it properly the entire community would benefit. We also believe it is our responsibility to develop and maintain our communities and come forward for its betterment, whether it is this school or any other. As we are based just next door, we would be able to directly counsel for its betterment whenever the need arises. This school is also an added benefit for our workers to send their children to school while they are working and this type of luxury is a rarity in this industry. Already there are 46 students enrolled and the next batch would start in January 2015.
Our goal is to set a high standard for this school in this locality and hope that it provides the benchmark for other schools to follow. All our efforts would not have been possible without the financial assistance of our esteemed buyers, sister concerns, and individuals who have extended their all out support. By doing so, we are jointly serving a good cause which is helping a small part of the disadvantaged population in Bangladesh. We hope that with the support of our esteemed buyers and other stakeholders we can continue our noble cause and provide opportunities for these children.