January 5th, 2017
We had a strategic meeting with our Dhaka team regarding accounting process and the implementation of online accounting system. Accounts Officer of OBAT Helpers Dhaka, Shahana Akter, talked about meeting the goals of 2016 and the goals that she would like the organization to achieve in 2017.
Next, we moved to NLJ OBAT HIgh School to attend the book distribution program. We felt happy to distribute the books among our kids. Afterward, we had a discussion with NLJ OBAT School teachers regarding improvement in teaching methods, focusing on building up leadership qualities and the goals and plan for 2017. Some of the students also performed songs, poems, and skits on the importance of education.
In the evening, it was a pleasure meeting with Mohammad Rial Ahsan, former Principal at American Management Systems. We introduced him to OBAT Helpers and the work we have been doing in the camps/slums. We discussed how we were focusing on producing creating leaders and creative thinkers. Mr Ahsan also shared his model for education which is being implemented in his 60+ schools around Bangladesh; they too focus on building leadership qualities in students and the teachers work as facilitators of the classrooms instead of in a traditional role of an instructor.
We were very impressed by all the work Mr Ahsan is doing and with his vision. We are very excited about the opportunity to learn from his vast expertise and are looking forward to building a strong personal and professional relationship with him in the future.
Later in the evening, we visited Mr. Mahbub’s residence to attend a meeting. Different people from the business community who are working in social development and some founders of NGO’s were also present at the meeting. These included, Alhaj Sk. Mohammad Rabban Ali, (Mr. Ali is Director of Social Islamic Bank Limited and one of the renowned and successful industrialists and businessman in the country), Niaz Ahmed (Co-Founder of Award), Dr. Amirullah (Director of Habib Group), Zabbar Khan (President, SPGRC), Syed Jalaluddin Ahmed (General Secretary, OBAT Helpers.), Zakwan Barkati (Treasurer, OBAT Helpers), Khalid Hussain (Founder, Council of Minorities & Representative of Ahmed Foundation). All the people present were involved in the social development sector in some way or another. Discussions took place on how we could all collaborate and work together to create positive change in Bangladesh.