Located in a small town of Howrah district, West Bengal, Bagnan High School has close to three thousand students. The population in the area is primarily a mix of Hindu and Muslim communities and there is a conspicuous communal divide fueled by political indoctrination in the less educated segments of the society.
dreamfly began its endeavour at Bagnan High School to create strong community ties and eradicate the mindset of religious segregation. We aim to accomplish this by providing expanded educational opportunities so that the students develop appreciation for peers and make personal connections which will eventually create a more unified society.
dreamfly set up a lab consisting of 32 computers with comprehensive software packages that give students a chance to explore topics beyond their classroom resources. These computers enhance their learning experience, stimulate their minds and help give new insight on their culture and belief systems. Equally as important, as students from different communities and backgrounds form groups to use these computers, they build tolerance and appreciation for their classmates.
Over several visits to the school, we recognized that an internet connection is essential to fully harness the potential of the computer lab and truly expand these benefits to the children. Through sustained efforts and discussions, we have arrived at an agreement with the principal of the school to help set up an internet connection. This will not only provide students access to a wealth of new information but will also help them learn new software skills.
We have been able to make such remarkable progress primarily due to the enthusiastic efforts of our on-ground volunteers. Their involvement has gained significant popularity and we have been approached by additional volunteers eager to work with us.
Looking forward, we are excited to increase operational effectiveness on the ground with our expanded team and build upon our accomplishments.