Education (Sabrina Memorial Foundation Academy)
The average literacy rate in the village of Jabusha, Bangladesh is 22%, falling below the literacy rate of 46.94% of rural Bangladesh, and even further below the average national literacy rate of 59%, according to the World Bank. The deep impact of a quality education has again and again proven to be the key in empowering any individual. This institution, which many of us in developed countries take for granted, arises as an opportunity to escape from a life of poverty for many in countries like Bangladesh.
In impoverished villages like Jabusha, having access to even a primary education can be challenging due to obstacles like school proximity to home or family income. The goal of Sabrina Memorial Foundation Academy is to provide students with quality education, so they can then become self-sufficient and give back to the community. Sabrina Memorial Foundation Academy focuses on each and every child’s need by providing tuition assistance, tutoring, and dedicated teachers. For all of the education programs, SMFA will provide free text books, school uniform, shoes, lunch, and vaccination along with quality education and computer training. From middle school forward, all students will be required to attend classes for vocational training. By providing educational and vocational training to students at an international level, SMFA hopes to create future leaders capable of competing in this 21st century economy.
Primary School in Jabusha, Bangladesh
Launched in January 2015, Sabrina Memorial Foundation Academy Primary School has been geared towards providing a solid foundation for the children of Jabusha, Bangladesh. Before the opening of SMFA primary school, students were limited in their access to a primary education because there were no other schools in the area. The students include 60%-70% girls and are given tuition assistance based on family income. The average per capita income of the enrolled students' families is a mere $1.50 per day. Students are paired with sponsors to assist them financially in helping his/her dream of a valuable education possible. Currently, the school has enrolled 130+ students from the surrounding Jabusha area. The dedicated teachers and staff on grounds in Bangladesh work around the clock to bring the dreams of this school into reality.